Inside​/​Outside

by Amberwood Park

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These are demos for our currently unreleased album, Inside/Outside.

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released November 24, 2016

Amberwood Park is a project of James Court and Simeon Yialeloglou.
Music by James Court
Lyrics by Simeon Yialeloglou & James Court
Produced by Simeon Yialeloglou

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James Court Sydney, Australia

I'm a singer/songwriter based in Sydney. I've been playing music since I was four and writing since I was ten. I play a lot of instruments, but the main ones are piano, flute and ukulele, and I can kinda sing too. My day job is as a preschool music teacher, piano accompanist and musician for musical theatre, and I compose for musicals as well. I write folky-groove-based songs. ... more

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Track Name: Avalanche
He left a girl in the night, in the night
She left a boy who was out of control, deep in his soul
He made his way to a bus stop along the highway
She hitched a ride to 'wherever you're going'

He’d had enough for too long, far too long
She’d had a fight and the scars were inside, ten miles wide
He made a friend with his charm and his guitar
She spent the night getting drunk in a bar, heart in a jar.

When an avalanche falls
Torches light up the night without fail
When a hurricane calls
Lovers make love as they die in the gale
And when the riverbank bursts
Oh, they’ll find that they’ve been dreaming
But when an avalanche falls
No, you don’t have time for screaming

He didn’t mind all the snow, all the snow
She couldn’t find a reason to care with nobody there
He hit it off with a singer he met in Pittsburgh
She walked alone ‘till she found a retreat in a box on the street

When an avalanche falls
Torches light up the night without fail
When a hurricane calls
Lovers make love as they die in the gale
And when the riverbank bursts
Oh, they’ll find that they’ve been dreaming
But when an avalanche falls
No, you don’t have time for screaming

He settled down with his girl, with his girl
She settled down with a handwritten sign, walking the line
He turned around, made the best of what he was handed
She turned away from the tumbling snow, but how could she know

When an avalanche falls
Torches light up the night without fail
When a hurricane calls
Lovers make love as they die in the gale
And when the riverbank bursts
Oh, they’ll find that they’ve been dreaming
But when an avalanche falls
No, you don’t have time for screaming

Oh, when an avalanche falls...
When an avalanche falls...
No, you don’t have time for screaming
Track Name: Not Anymore
There you lie, there you lie on warm sheets
The sheets that I washed yesterday
And your breathing fills the room with soft murmurs
As if you've got something to say
And the sun is coming through the window, pure and bright
But I'm standing by the suitcase that I packed last night
No, I'm not in bed beside you
Not anymore

Loving you has been too great a burden
I won’t let you say this is greed
All the years of giving you what you wanted
I’m taking the freedom I need
So I'm off to see the world, 'cause you can't punch that far
I've emptied out the bank account, I'll take my car
And I'll never be your outlet
Not anymore

I've tried every other road and the signs, they lead to grief
But soon I'll learn to smile again; I'll be smiling with relief
The hardest part is understanding what you mean to me
But even if I stumble landing, til I jump, I'll never be free

There you lie, there you lie on cold sheets
a lonely and terrified man
Six fifteen, I’m getting into the taxi
and going as far as I can
I can never be beside you now, it's gone too far
and if I leave you now, you can’t become a wider scar
And I hope I won't be hurting
Not anymore

And I hope you’ll understand the things you’ve done to me
But I can’t just keep pretending I can make you see
And I don’t know why I love you
Not anymore
Track Name: Maria
Maria, you move too quickly
You're almost too fast to see
You don't even think of what you've done
So why would you think of me?
And still you dance
And still you cry
And breaking the heart of every man ain't gonna tell you why

Maria, now you've found your way back home
Maria, to the streets you used to roam
And I can't stand here tryin' to undo
The moment I fell in love with you
I wish that you would come back to my arms
Maria

On the outside, you're warm and gentle
Inside, you're cold and tough
Been going in circles for way too long
And still you ain't had enough
And still you stray
And still you steer
You're tripping across the galaxy
But you never end back here

Maria, now you've found your way back home
Maria, to the streets you used to roam
And I can't stand here tryin' to undo
The moment I fell in love with you
I wish that you would come back to my arms
Maria

© James Court, 2016
Track Name: What You Need
It isn't easy, no, it's never simple
To find a way to understand you
You're living proof of the way humans are
It's quite impressive, you use your instincts
To land a man to lend your hand to
You never seem to take a look from afar
If you could
You'd agree
Can't you think
Can't you see

You'll go home with somebody, someone to want you
Round and around and it comes back to haunt you
There for a moment, won't stay forever
So when he leaves you you'll just take whatever comes your way
Who can say when it's over whether you'll bleed
But your heart's a rover and you don't know what you need

Is what you wanted all that you've been getting?
Is there a part of you that's yearning?
Or is this all just some big game you play?
You're falling short of everything you dreamed of
Ignoring what you should be learning
And never knowing there's an easier way
If you could
You would know
Can't you think
Can't you grow

Take what comes if you want it, it's there for the taking
Round and around and all the hearts you're breaking
Could hurt a moment, could hurt forever
And still you shout and fight or cry, but never fall or stay
Either way, whether this time you follow or lead
There's no words to rhyme to 'cause you don't know what you need

Someone to want you
There for the taking
Comes back to haunt you
Hearts that you're breaking

You'll go home with somebody, someone to want you
Round and around and it comes back to haunt you
There for a moment, won't stay forever
So when he leaves you you'll just take whatever
Comes if you want it, it's there for the taking
Round and around and the mistakes you're making
Could last a moment, could last forever
And still you shout and fight or cry, but never fall or stay...
Track Name: Never Grow Up
Said you’re gonna stick around
Didn’t think you’d go so soon
First your feet are on the ground
Then you’re flying for the moon
See you soaring on up high
See you falling back to earth
Never seem to wonder why
Never seem to see your worth

You took the second star to the right
Went on until you saw the morning light
And never landed again
You took your rodeo to the skies
And never learned to say your goodbyes
Who were you thinking of then?
Through every song and dance
Through your sorrows and romance
You never took the chance to slow up
And now you’ll never grow up

Have you ever made a plan?
Have you ever thought it through?
Told you I’m no Peter Pan
How do I keep up with you?
See you streaking ‘cross the sky
See you slipping down the drain
Never seem to wonder why
Never seen you face the pain

You took the second star to the right
Went on until you saw the morning light
And never landed again
You took your rodeo to the skies
And never learned to say your goodbyes
Who were you thinking of then?
Through every song and dance
Through your sorrows and romance
You never took the chance to slow up
And now you’ll never grow up

Time to rise
No time to run
No flying west
Can’t flee the sun

You took the second star to the right
Went on until you saw the morning light
And never landed again
You took your heartache in your stride
And never had a friend by your side
Who could've helped there and then
Through all the trials and tears
Through the fights all through the years
You've never faced the fears that show up
And now you’ll never grow up
Track Name: Nicotine
The smallest spark
I light you up
with such a tiny flame
Take a drag and nothing’s the same
You spin my head
You fill my lungs
You take my breath away
Leaving me with nothing to say

How can I break?
How can I breathe?
What will I take
when I can’t leave your nicotine?

A habit holds
Addiction sticks
I know I need to quit
Here I am, though, craving my hit
I know it’s wrong
I know it’s sick
You’re blinding me with smoke
Once a rush, but now how I choke

When I can’t learn
When I can’t go
I need your burn
I need to know your nicotine
Dirty nicotine

I don’t know how to give you up now you’re in my blood
I don’t know how to stop before I start
Every drag I take, every move I make,
Every damn mistake will break her fucking heart
But I’m hooked, yeah, I’m hooked,
Hooked on your nicotine
Your nicotine

The smallest spark
I light you up
with such a tiny flame
Track Name: Riding The Tides
Swimming, the day has begun
Swimming alone in the sun
Bathing, enjoying the view
Floating and dreaming of you

Drifting and drifting too long
Drifting to some siren song
Water that's blacker than coal
It swallows, swallows me whole

Don't let me die out here
Don't let me drown and disappear
I'm lying back to let the boat depart
Riding the tides of your heart

Floating, you swear I won't drown
Floating, then you pull me down
Drowning and you help me float
Careful, you're rocking my boat

Don't let me die out here
Don't let me drown and disappear
Imagine all the seas we could chart
Riding the tides of your heart

Fickle, an ocean so blue
Fickle, a lover so true
Fickle, but what can you do...

Don't let me die out here
Don't let me drown and disappear
You swell around and tear me apart
Two oceans colliding
Riding the tides of your heart
Track Name: Mistakes You've Made
I saw you walking with your head held low
You thought nobody could see
But you’ve been acting real strange these days
And your heart’s all dust and debris
You’ve been messing ‘round a long, long time
She’s been guessing at your life of crime
And you better watch the words that your lips say to me

You feed her stories just to see her smile
And to keep her in a tangle of lies
You think you’re clever trying to keep it down
But the tale’s all told in your eyes
And when you talk about your nights on the road
Her mind goes walkabout ‘cause she knows the code
But she keeps on smiling, while inside, a little part of her dies

You can’t see; without a clue, where’s she?

With all the mistakes that you’re making, it’s a wonder that she wears your ring
And you walk and you talk and you never seem to learn a thing
She won’t want roses when she finds out how your game is played
And now you need somebody who can fix the mistakes you made

Your time is coming, she sees what you’ve done
And she can’t just keep it inside
She knows you better than she knows herself
So she knows every time that you’ve lied
‘Cause the world’s much smaller than it seems to you
And though you try to stall her, she’ll know what you do
So there’s not much more that she’s left for you to decide

You can’t see what’s true; can she?

With all the mistakes that you’re making, it’s a wonder that she wears your ring
And you walk and you talk and you never seem to learn a thing
She won’t want roses when she finds out how your game is played
And now you need somebody who can fix the mistakes you made

© James Court, 2016
Track Name: Navy Blue
I was there when you waved goodbye
Stood without a tear in my eye
And I watched, yes I watched you go
As thousands like me stood in a row
And in that last sainted while
Oh, I couldn’t help but smile
At your dream, your dream coming true
Standing in pure navy blue

And I can feel you put your arms around me
And hold me as tight as you can
And I can steal you in the midst of darkness
And dream of when you were my man

I was there when our son turned ten
And wished for his dad home again
And I watched, yes I watched him grow
With no one to teach him to catch or to throw
But not once did he get mad
And he looks just like his dad
And he wants to be just like you
Parading in pure navy blue

And I can feel you put your arms around us
And hold us as tight as you can
And I can steal you in the midst of darkness
And dream of when you were my man

I was there when we said goodbye
Stood without a tear in my eye
And I watched, yes I watched them cry
As if they hadn’t thought that you’d die
And in that last sainted while
I couldn’t help but smile
At our son, your son standing true
Saluting you in pure navy blue

And I still feel you put your arms around me
And hold me as tight as you can
And I can steal you in the midst of darkness
And dream of when you were my man

And I still feel you put your arms around me
And hold me as tight as you can
And I can steal you in the midst of darkness
And dream of when you were my man
Track Name: Get Back Jack
So you've got another dude, who's tall and rude and not very bright
Been months since you had a friend, so you depend, and you treat him alright
You think he's a fantasy, but can you see he thinks it's a game
He's hurt other boys before, and what is more, he'll treat you the same

So don't hide behind your eyes
Each time he cries he's breaking you down
Get back, Jack, don't you look back
Look into his eyes again and you're gonna drown
Don't stop to contemplate,
To complicate your hopes and your fears
Get back, Jack, don't you look back
Else you're gonna lose yourself as he disappears

He might be a movie star from where you are, the real McCoy
So you see what you wanna see, not honesty but your beautiful boy
You'll stay while he wants you here, he'll lend an ear to string you along
And when he wants you to depart, he'll break your heart and you'll fall for his song

So don't hide behind your eyes
Each time he cries he's breaking you down
Get back, Jack, don't you look back
Look into his eyes again and you're gonna drown
Don't stop to contemplate,
To complicate your hopes and your fears
Get back, Jack, don't you look back
Else you're gonna lose yourself as he disappears

Don't hide behind your eyes
Internalize the road that you're on
Get back, Jack, don't you look back
Never gonna find yourself until you get gone
Don't think of the memories,
The enemies, the kisses and tears
Get back, Jack, don't you look back
Else you're gonna lose yourself as he disappears
Track Name: You
She’s the one I’ve been waiting for
She’s the one gonna save the day
Breaking down every door
Lifting me off the floor
Keep me feeling okay
She’s the one taking every dive
She’s the one keeping me alive
She’s the world that I wanna see
She’s the perfect girl for me

But you, you have a hold on my heart
Why won’t I let you depart?
And you, I’ll never hold you again
What am I waiting for then?

Lately nothing can make me strong
Don’t know what I’m supposed to do
I write a dumb little song
She tries humming along
But the song’s about you
I think of you almost every day
And I can’t put the pain away
She’s the light, and the night is black
Step towards her, then two steps back

Oh, you, you never left me for good
Oh god, I wish that you would
And you, I’ll never hold you again
How can I wait until then?

But you, you have a hold on my heart
Why won’t I let you depart?
And you, I’ll never hold you again
What am I waiting for, then?

And you, you were my heart and my soul
How can I ever be whole?
And you, I’ll never hold you again
Guess I can wait until then
Track Name: Northern Lights
Little girl with heart spun with lace and a shoulder to cry on
With a mind that's way out in space and a heart that's warm
Little girl, you're head's in the clouds
You can no longer trust your heart, kid
Now there's no place for you

Little girl with nothing to lose, all the love you could ask for
Looking back to search for the clues that you should have seen
Little girl, you think you're so tough
You've got baggage to last a lifetime
This time your journey's through

Think of all those nights
As the sky ignites
And you freeze
Under these northern lights

Little girl with rose-tinted eyes full of starlight and wonder
Wishing you could see all of this with your heart intact
Little girl with dignity still
Never thinking what folly fate plays
Nobody ever knows

Little girl with futures to plan and a heart that needs mending
You can do what no-one else can; you can start anew
Little girl, you're thinking too much
Just the end of another story
That's just the way it goes

Little girl, are you crying?
Wipe your eyes and see
Little girl, are you waking?
Tomorrow belongs to you and me

No more words, no more fights
And that's all she writes
Let it die
Say goodbye, northern lights