Jericho

by Liz Frencham

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released June 11, 2005

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Liz Frencham Trentham, Australia

Liz studied Jazz performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music & has been working full time as a musician for over ten years. She is an experienced multi-genre session double-bassist & vocalist who has become an audience favourite on the music festival circuit in Australia with acts like Frencham Smith, Jigzag, Devlish Mary, Red Juliet & Jimmy the Fish. ... more

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Track Name: Gabriel's Kid Brother
Gabriel’s Kid Brother
(E.Frencham)

Golden unashamed
a sweet refrain
Indigo sighs a lullaby
Folding Paper Cranes
and aeroplanes
and dragonflies that really fly
You amuse and amaze
confuse and faze
bemuse and daze and dazzle and delight
Never impatient for the lights to go green
Opportunity is everything
Keep time while the traffic sings

Did you know? Gabriel’s got a kid brother
Living in Clifton Hill
Did you know? Gabriels got a kid brother
and even if smiles could kill I’ll live forever

Older than your years
Unfazed by tears
you let me cry ’til I feel fine
Younger than your days
little boy ways
and soon I’m fine enough to fly
I’m amused and amazed
confused and fazed
bemused and dazed and dazzled by the light
Telling me gently
‘Let your dreams come true
opportunity will shine anew
Girl, I believe in you’

Did you know? Gabriel’s got a kid brother
Living in Clifton Hill
Did you know? Gabriels got a kid brother
and even if smiles could kill I’ll live forever
I’ll live forever (on the memory
of your laughter that afternoon)
and even if looks could drown
I’ll jump off that pier at St Kilda
And I’ll walk on water!

Ella Bella Cinderella
Soaring inside like a heavenly cello
(Now I know Gabriel’s kid brother)
singing the smile of a fella named Vella
Angel in Melbourne town

Ella Bella Cinderella
Stepping in style with Gene Kelly’s umbrella
Freed by the smile of a fella named Vella
Angel in Melbourne town
Track Name: Jericho
Jericho

(E.Frencham)

Hello
You can call me Jericho
‘cause I feel like a city
forsaken by God
and oh, if only I was Jericho
I could wait for my Joshua

I’m free
But loneliness is heavy
And the longer I wear it
the less I can bear it
You see, a seed of hope inside of me
Says to wait for my Joshua

Let go
Everybody tells me so
Don’t padlock your heart
while you wait for some stranger
but no, everyone needs love to grow
so I’ll wait for my Joshua

Hello
You can call me Jericho
‘cause I feel like a city
chosen by God
and though these walls are strong like Jericho
I will wait for my Joshua
Say a prayer for my Joshua
Just a word from my Joshua
And the walls will come tumbling down
Track Name: Room at the Table
Room at the Table

(E.Frencham)

Driving my car, it’s such a lonely world
stereo fights bravely to be heard above the roar
Distortion becomes kind of friendly
when it’s your only company
Too much time to think in this lonely world
of all the other dreams, you know you’ll never reach
White lines devour all the strength inside
But I feel a warm voice, whisper

There’s enough room at the table
There’s enough fruit on the tree
and right around the corner
a beautiful place for us to be
There’s another stranger waiting
to be a lifelong friend
and a place at the table
where we’ll be together in the end, (my friend)

Hard to fight the cold in this lonely world
I haven’t felt my fingers since half past three
But colder is the fear inside
maybe I’ll never be free
from failures I relive in this lonely world
Shame cuts me deeply and the wounds won’t heal
Black night swallows my rear vision
like the past I can’t change

But there’s enough room at the table
There’s another pathway to choose
And if we care for one another
there is no way that we can lose
Don’t forget the stranger waiting
to be a lifelong friend
and a place at the table
where we’ll be together in the end

For I don’t want to be a slave to a stage
Never to escape the twilight zone
only live through the eyes of a crowd
and then die every time I’m alone
Always looking for the strength to stand tall
When I’m getting too scared to try lest I fall
But even if I fall

There’s enough room at the table
There’s enough fruit on the tree
and right around the corner a beautiful place for us to be
And though ahead there lies a struggle
there’s a second wind to help us through
So greet the world on your doorstep
there’s so much hope for me and you

And as I’m driving my car it’s not such a lonely world
I’ve got myself a dream and it warms the empty seat
and I can hear beyond the distortion
there is a melody and it sounds so sweet
Track Name: Make My Day
Make My Day
(E.Frencham)

We’ve been talking all night
& it’s nearly daylight
I think it’s getting quite clear
Why we’re still sitting here
But I’m feeling so shy
Free-falling into your eyes
I’m laughing much too loud
Let’s get away from this crowd
I’m reading you now like a brand new book
Can’t get enough of you, I wanna closer look

Hey boy brown eyes
What do you say?
Wanna kiss me?
Go ahead & make my day

Wound up like a spring
Tight as a guitar string
Move those lips closer please
Why must you be such a tease
You’ve cast your line & I’m hooked by the chin
Have mercy now & throw me back or reel me in

Stop sitting there like some ol’ statue
by Michelangelo
I’ve been trying all night just to catch you
How much longer ‘til you let me know?

Moving to a quieter place
My fingers finding your face
Not much more can I stand
Just holding your hand
I’m circling you now like a moth to a flame
But I’m burning up
I am tired of this game
Wanna get a reaction but I don’t know how
I know what I want & I want it right now

Hey brown eyes
What do you say?
Wanna kiss me?
What are you waiting for?
Hey boy brown eyes
Must I suffer this way?
Now you better kiss me?
No hesitating now
Hey boy brown eyes
If you want me to stay
Kiss me & make my day!
Track Name: Sleepless
Sleepless
(E.Frencham)

If I could ask God for just one thing
As I lay here by your side
Please can I have a silver comb
To unravel this tangle of thoughts
That crowd my mind
& blur my vision
Tease & trip my tired tongue
& when I’ve freed each glistening strand
You’ll listen & you’ll understand
& maybe I will sleep tonight

If I could ask you for just one thing
As your fingers scorch my skin
Please can you speak a silver sword
to cut out this cancerous hope
Carve the truth
into my vision
Let me bleed & sleep in dreamless peace
Instead I watch my fortunes die
Tossing turning tortured by
the ease in which you sleep tonight
Oh God please let me
sleep
Track Name: Stronger the Tree
The Stronger the Tree

(E.Frencham)

You’re smiling at me brother
Wish I had a smile for you
My pockets all are empty
I feel a little blue
We’ve both played our guitars in bars
Where no one listens to our song
But I can hear you, brother
and your friendship keeps me strong

Me and my sisters never talk much
of demons dwelling deep
Lingering in bedrooms
When he thought we were asleep
And though my mother sent him packing
By the time I turned eighteen
I wondered if we’d ever make it right
If we’d ever would feel clean

But I’ll always remember
what you said to me
The stronger the wind
The stronger the tree

So I found myself a fire
To melt the ice around this heart
But he left to warm a lover far away
and I almost fell apart
Now I have to leave my refuge
Just pay the bills
Oh dreams slip through my fingers every day
But I’ll keep on dreaming still
For I’ll…

Now we’re washin’ memories one by one
In this tiny motel sink
For life on the road my friend
Is not as pretty as you’d think
And I’m wondering my brother
Will that kindred soul I seek
Be listening at the bar to my guitar tonight
or keep me waiting ‘til next week
But I’ll…
Track Name: Open Honest Heart
Open Honest Heart
(Steve Vella)


Open honest heart
Wiser some than me
Thaw these frozen feet

And trust come back
Back from within fear
Fear to belief
Like sunlight reaches roots

Only through
Through the many leaves
Time is left to wait
and finds it’s oldest home

In ebb & flow
and many secrets shared
Moon & sun become
Paired and time now starts

Starts but slow
Open honest heart
Will not be led astray
Though dreaming takes it deep
Track Name: Angel's Wings
Angels Wings
(E.Frencham/S.P.Toombs)

Trouble to me is like a river raging free
It pours into my sea ‘til I am deep enough to drown
I open my mouth and the words just waterfall
Before I’ve thought them out at all
But when I’m lost in the undertow
Too weak to resist the flow
Strong arms around
That will not let me go

Saved by the bell again
Caught before I fell again
With every step I know
someone’s watching over me
Never to far from a warm embrace
to plant that smile back on my face
and I can almost hear an angel’s wings

Still I’ve found as I reach for dry ground
These waves that pull me down grew from the ripples that I made
Too hard to beat, guilt is chains around my feet
I must retreat from what I see inside
While alone I pretend to be
the answer waits patiently
When will I learn that I’m already free?
Track Name: Happy Dream
Happy Dream

Has anybody seen my happy dream?
It was right here in my pocket
but I must have split the seam
It took so long to weave it
the stitches were so fine
Rainbow renditions of a future I designed
Now I've retraced the rocky ground
between your heart and mine
Not a single sign of where I left it behind

Has anybody seen my happy dream
for I’m all out of golden thread
I’m all out of steam
And I don’t want to live without
the hope I wore so proudly
the coat of many coloured songs
that I had sung so loudly
But now the words are empty
a dream no longer mine
Not a single sign of where I left it behind

Leave me to grieve for my dream
I don’t want your cold comfort
I'm too tired to rage and scream
Instead I’ll find some paper
Bleed through this pen
Rest ‘til I can face
a dreamers needle once again
Stitch by stitch my lesson learned
I’ll weave a new design
How that dream will shine
and I’ll leave the past behind
Track Name: Suitcase
Suitcase
(E. Frencham)

Standing quietly on your doorstep
In a suitcase state of mind
Rain is trickling through my hair
But soon your face is glowing with warm sunshine
I wonder if you’ll have me
child of the North for 32 years
I’ll fight back these fears & walk on through your door

Melbourne
dreams flow like streams
& I am just a little boat making my way
Melbourne my hands are yours to borrow
if you’ll be my tomorrow I’m here to stay
Movin’ to Melbourne today.

Take a tram from Queens Parade oh
To see that boy of mine
Lazing long in conversation
smile serenade & a jazz guitar entwine
On the 86 to Fitzroy
Happiest day in so many years
It brings me to tears, feels like coming home

Melbourne
dreams flow like streams
& I am just a little boat making my way
Melbourne my hands are yours to borrow
if you’ll be my tomorrow I’m here to stay
Movin’ to Melbourne today.

I know you're just another space to run a race
I gotta get my shit together
But there’s no other place on earth I ‘d rather be right now
To sing a song
& laugh about the weather

Standing quietly on your doorstep
In a suitcase state of mind
Track Name: The Nerd Song
The Nerd Song
(E.Frencham)

My mum told me
“Never fall in love with a musician,
All long haired ego & obsessive ambition.”
Daddy warned me those sailors
Hardly ever come home
Said “Girl, do you want to spend the rest of your life alone?”

And there were songs to save me
From drinkers & gambling men
Who spend all your money again & again & again
I tried to avoid all those dangerous guys
My confidence grew as I opened my eyes
I thought I’d choose well, I thought I was wise
But the 21st century,
Took me by surprise

So absurd, I’m in love with a nerd
But it hasn’t occurred to him that he needs me
What good is a killer smile that he hasn’t seen?
For he’s only got eyes for that computer screen

Can someone help me please?
I need some direction
No mortal girl can compete with this new world of cyber perfection
He don’t need a female just software & email
The world at his feet without leaving his seat.

I can’t get him to come to the movies or watch some band
Where he can walk me home and maybe even hold my hand
For he’s got Nintendo & DVD
& all the music he wants on mp3
A high speed connection
To give him…..satisfaction
& a Pentium IV
& he don’t need more
There’s nowhere to turn
& things are getting drastic
I’m insanely jealous of a lump of beige plastic

So absurd, I’m in love with a nerd
But it hasn’t occurred to him that he needs me
What good is a killer smile that he hasn’t seen?
For he’s only got eyes for that infernal machine
Track Name: Sweet Basil
Sweet Basil
(E.Frencham)

Your sweet basil left on my shelf
full of fragrant memory
when we tasted friendship
a midnight meal and the music of a moonlit sea

Your sweet basil cupped in my palm
so I can slowly drink it in
soothes my senses
every nerve that grieves for the loss of your skin

I can't look at the photos we took
I can't listen to the songs we played
But I think I'll sprinkle sweet basil on my lunch today

King Cole on my stereo
crooning lazy memory
when we sang of friendship
a song of steel in a storm-water drain by the sea

King Cole melting velvet so warm
like the voice you left in me
fills my senses
every word returns like a melody

I can't look at the photos we took
I can't listen to the songs we played
But I think I'll sprinkle sweet basil on my lunch today

Your sweet basil left on my shelf
full of fragrant memory
when we tasted friendship
a midnight meal and the music of a moonlit sea

Your sweet basil blessing me still
Even though you've gone away
Heals my senses
Tasting tomorrow while swallowing yesterday
Track Name: When I Survey
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
(I.Watts/E.Miller)

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it Lord that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ my God
All these vain things that charm me most
I sacrifice them to your blood.

See, from your head, your hands, your feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did ever such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown.

Were the whole realm of nature mine
Would be an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine
Demand my soul, my life, my all.