Southern Cross Northern Skies

by Rory Faithfield

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'Southern Cross, Northern Skies’ is the 5th album from singer-songwriter Rory Faithfield.

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released February 8, 2016

All Songs Written by Rory Faithfield 



Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Noah Shilkin 



Recorded and Mixed at Sonic Lolly Recording Studios,
Margaret River, Western Australia 



Mastered by Sean Diggins at Digital Diggo 



Rory Faithfield – Vocals & Acoustic Guitars 


Noah Shilkin – Piano, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Programming, Bass and Additional Guitars


Erik Kowarski – Violin on ‘Let Yourself In’ & 'All The Pretty Stars’


Bella Blakemore – Backing Vocals on ‘Closer To Blue Than Green’, ‘Indian Ocean Blue’, All The Pretty Stars’ and ‘Sweet Summer Wine’ 



Photography by Hayden Brotchie

Artwork & Design by Michael Marquette

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Rory Faithfield WA, Australia

Performing solo with acoustic guitar, harmonicas and a loop station, Rory has mesmerised audiences and critics alike. Bruce Elder stated, "Faithfield inhabits the same rich musical world as Christy Moore, Luka Bloom and Glen Hansard. His songs are wistful, romantic, deeply felt, beautifully crafted and sung with a voice that pours sincerity and emotion over every line and note”. ... more

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Track Name: Different Now
1. Different Now



I don't remember and I don't know how 

We became a little different now 

I just don't remember and I don't know how 

We're a little different now



Watch all the dark water 

Flowing out to sea 

To the sound of Auld Lang Syne 

And some nameless anxiety 

We just can't recall 

The things we left behind 

Floating away in that Southern mist 

And the swirling tides of time 



I don't remember and I don't know how 

We became a little different now

I just don't remember and I don't know how 

We're a little different now 

We're a little different, just a little different 

A little different now 

I don't remember and I don't know how 

We became a little different now 



Fragments of some memory 

When this was a foreign shore 

Mix with the smell of roses

Growing outside our kitchen door 

We still like to visit 
The old boat that brought us here 

Today we made a fire 
It makes us warm as I hold you near 




Track Name: Closer To Blue Than Green

2. Closer To Blue Than Green



It was a simple life, we lived without a care

I could never tell you then and now it's neither here nor there

It’s neither here nor there, it's somewhere between
A shade or two closer to blue than green 



Closer to blue than green, closer to blue than green 

It’s a shade or two closer to blue than green



I still remember you there drenched in warm sunlight 

Winter days got shorter here and darker than the night 

Darker than the night, short, cold and mean 

Another shade or two closer to blue than green 



Closer to blue than green, closer to blue than green 

Another shade or two closer to blue than green 



There's a kind of ancient beat that keeps me in this line

I can see the broken lights all flashing in time 

All flashing in time and now I know what they mean 

They are closer to blue than green 



Closer to blue than green, closer to blue than green 

They are closer to blue than green 

Track Name: Indian Ocean Blue

3. Indian Ocean Blue 



Let’s just sail away on this ship 

Wave goodbye to all we know and not make sense of it 

Dance on the deck and twirl around in the dark 

And listen to the ship bell ringin’ in time to a new beat in your heart



Say goodbye my love
Say farewell, au revoir and adieu 

Bound for Indian Ocean Blue 



Where nothing that you do could ever be a mistake 

We thought it was a dream but it turns out we were very much awake

In the middle of a storm with all hands up on deck 

How can you know where you’re going if you haven’t been there yet 



Say goodbye my love
Say farewell, au revoir and adieu 
Bound for Indian Ocean Blue
Yes, it's time now my love to say goodbye 

Fare thee well and adieu
Bound for Indian Ocean Blue 




For a while, for a while Let it all fall apart for a while

You might find some pieces that don't fit

And for a while, follow your heart for a while 

You'll only get to know where it's going if you stay with it 

You get to know where it's going if you stay with it 


You only get to know where it's going if you stay with it

You get to know where it's going if you stay with it 

Track Name: Sweet Summer Wine
4. Sweet Summer Wine



I was down in the dirt, buried out of sight 

With only one place to go, back up towards the light 

And as I make my way, through cracked and broken ground 

Called up and on and on, by a beautiful sound



I can hear her singing through the grapevine

All you need is a lot of love and a little time 

Just watch me turn water into sweet summer wine 

Watch me turn water into wine 



You've got to be tough, got to be strong 

And if you find yourself here, it’s where you belong 

You could go back, to the place from which you came 

But it's just too late now, you will never be the same 



You can her singing through the grapevine 

Just watch us turn water into sweet summer wine 

Watch us turn water into wine 



There are things that I've seen, caught in the wheels of the machine 
I've got a story to tell, turns out you've got one as well



We can hear her singing through the grapevine 

All you need is a lot of love and a little time 

Just watch us turn water into sweet summer wine

All we need is a lot of love and a little time 

Just watch us turn this water into sweet summer wine 

Watch us turn this water, just watch us turn this water 

Watch us turn this water into wine 

Track Name: Let Yourself In


5. Let Yourself In 



You hold the key to the door of my heart 

You’re welcome to let yourself in 

Ever passing this way and need somewhere to stay 

You’re welcome to let yourself in 



A few things have changed since last you were here

I don’t know where to begin 

So take in the view of these grey skies and blue 

You’re welcome to let yourself in



We found ourselves and time flies away with what we became

We lose ourselves and never stay the same 

May you never stay the same 



I moved here alone beside this great lake 

Watch the long winter ice getting thin 


Now the wildflowers grow like there’s no tomorrow 

You’re welcome to let yourself in 


You hold the key to the door of my heart 

You’re welcome to let yourself in


I hope my wildflower grows wherever she goes

You’re welcome to let yourself in
Track Name: First To Fall


6. First To Fall 



We’d dive into the water, together we crossed the sea 

I can hear Jack Adams cry, “Up boys and at ‘em, follow me”

Never thought I’d find myself, when we heeded the call 

We were the first, we were the first to fall 



We’d never stop to think if we could swim, didn’t know how to hesitate

We were the first to jump right in, the enemy lying in wait 

We sure were something else, we were once and for all 

We were the first, we were the first to fall
We were the first, the first to fall


I wrote you a letter, I could never explain it all

If I ever make it that far, I’d do it again for the first to fall 



Webb was an orphan from Essendon, throwing bombs back into the night

Lost both his hands and walked out of the Pine, following an ancient light 

He sure was something else, he was once and for all 

And I never thought I’d find myself, when we heeded the call 


We were the first, we were the first to fall 


Wrote so many letters, I could never explain it all 

If I ever make it that far, I’d do it again for the first to fall
Track Name: Rebel Songs
7. Rebel Songs 



We don't need no rebel songs ‘cause we're already free 

Times have changed, we've all moved on, it’s no mystery

A flicker in the distance has become a blinding light 

We don't need no rebel songs, to lift us up tonight 



We don't need no rebel songs to sing under our breath

We stumbled through this brand new day and died a little death 

When we realised that we'd become the thing we resisted 

We don't need no rebel songs now that we've untwisted



This is the life, life that is unscripted 

With a mystery prize still behind the creaking door 

We came back, came back 

We came back from where we drifted



We don't need no rebel songs to keep us company 

All wrapped up in rusty chains our own worst enemy

Learnt by rote and repetition our thoughts were paralysed

We don't need no rebels songs now we can improvise 



We don't need no rebel songs cause we're already free 

Times have changed, we've all moved on, it's no mystery 

A flicker in the distance has become a blinding light 

We don't need no rebel songs to lift us up tonight 


Track Name: Wine Wine

8. Wine Wine 



Wine wine, blood red in the moonlight glow

And the glittering stars above the beautiful world below 

We dance this long dark night towards another day

Wine wine, all alone on this bone dry land we sway 



Wine wine, you do what you do so well 

Found those things I’d never say and thought I’d never tell 

All things come to pass and new things come to light 

Wine wine, I lost my baby but I found you tonight 

Wine wine, I lost my baby but I found you tonight 



Wine wine, you said, “Come away from there 

Where those pretty pink wildflowers grow and get tangled in your hair” 
My Nana’d say those flowers are nothing but stirring weeds 

Wine wine, now I’ll only shed tears for a heart that bleeds 


Wine wine, blood red in the moonlight glow 

And the glittering stars above the beautiful world below 


All things come to pass and new things come to light 

Wine wine, I lost my baby but I found you tonight 

Wine wine, I lost my baby but I found you tonight 


All things come to pass and now I feel all right 

Wine wine, I lost my baby but I found you tonight 

Wine wine, I lost my baby but I found you, I found you

Tonight I lost my baby but now I feel all right
Track Name: The Bloody Hookline

9. The Bloody Hookline



I wrote this little folk song 

Just to let you know that you got it wrong 

As if you didn't already know 

Gonna tell you once, tell you twice 

The end is near, you're gonna pay the price 

As if you didn't already know



Here comes the bloody hookline 

Oh, and here it comes again



I wrote this little folk tune 

Beneath the winter moon 

You know that makes this powerful stuff

It'll make you dance, make you sing 

And get you out of the mess you're in 

You know that makes this powerful stuff 



Here comes the bloody hookline 

Oh, and here it comes again



Now it sounds like I am bridging

It is pointless; there is nothing more to say

I just wish that I could offer up some answers 

But these type of songs, they just don't work that way 



Here comes the bloody hookline 

Oh, and here it comes again
Track Name: All The Pretty Stars


10. All The Pretty Stars 



Beautiful things in this world, have a tendency to break 

And I’m still constantly amazed, by just how much you can take

So keep on walking in those shoes

They say that when you get to win 
It's not before you lose 



We need the darkness to see the light 

All the pretty stars only appear at night 

We need the darkness to see the light 

From all the pretty pretty stars 



There's a time and a place and it could be now

If you want to get somewhere you've got to find your own somehow 
Beyond this house in which you dwell 

There is more than you will ever know 

And I guess it's just as well 



We need the darkness to see the light

All the pretty stars only appear at night 

We need the darkness to see the light 

From all the pretty pretty stars 



Go and get out of this city 

While the rest of the world is asleep 

Go where the skies are cool and clear 

And listen to the sound of your own heartbeat 


Look at all the pretty pretty stars appear 

All the pretty pretty stars appear 



Track Name: My My Pretty Darling
11. My My Pretty Darling 



My my pretty darling, don't leave me here alone 

Don't leave me wondering if you're ever coming home

I won't get in your way, I won't make a sound

I just wanna be with you and have a good look around 



My my pretty darling, don't leave me here like this

With nothing but a memory of your sweet candy kiss

I'll go anywhere, let's get lost and found
I just wanna be with you and have a good look around 



My eyes are open, so many beautiful things to see 

You know things only appear like that when you're here with me



My my pretty darling, let me come along for the ride 

You just can't go wrong with me here by your side

I won't be no trouble when we go to town

I just wanna be with you and have a good look around



My my pretty darling, don't leave me here alone

Don't leave me wondering if you're ever coming home

I won't get in your way, I won't make a sound 

And I won't be no trouble, when we go to town

I just wanna be with you and have a good look around

I just wanna be with you