The Outsider

by Ma Polaine's Great Decline

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released April 20, 2018

Ma Polaine’s Great Decline’s The Outsider features
Beth Packer on vocals, double bass, harmonica, accordion, piano & percussion
Clinton Hough on guitars and percussion
Pete Flood on drums on songs 3, 5, 6, & 7, cymbals on 1

Lyrics by Beth Packer
Music by Beth Packer, Clinton Hough
Recorded & Produced by Ma Polaine’s Great Decline
Mixed by Ben Walker
Mastered by Fluid Mastering

Cover Painting by Peter Saunders Campbell
Artwork by Ma Polaine’s Great Decline

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Described as “like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session”, blues and roots duo Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continue to build a reputation as an intriguing and hard to pigeon-hole act.
In 2018 Ma Polaine’s Great Decline launch their highly anticipated second album, “The Outsider”.
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Track Name: Carousel
Carousel

Well I trampled the flowers
And I stole all the rocks as the tide it rolled up
And I travelled for answers
But I was just swimming forever at the beginning
Oh you’ll carry me home when the nights are long
You’ll carry me home when the storms come

We’re on the carousel
We’re riding the horses
We’re on the carousel
The lights will engulf us
Lovers, intoxicated lovers
No force it will uncover
Your heart is all I long for
You’re all I need

Well I’ve not a penny
To buy all your love I couldn’t have enough
And they’ll say that I stole it
But how could I not
You’re everything I wanted
You’ll carry me home when the nights are long
You’ll carry me home when the storms come

We’re on the carousel
We’re riding the horses
We’re on the carousel
The lights will engulf us
Lovers, intoxicated lovers
No force it will uncover
Your heart is all I long for
You’re all I need

And the cold wind you know it’s
It’s rattling in my bones
But you know you’re all I ever need
And the ride it goes on and on

And we’re on the carousel
We’re riding the horses
We’re on the carousel
The lights will engulf us
Lovers, intoxicated lovers
No force it will uncover
Your heart is all I long for
You’re all I need
Track Name: Fisherman's Fury
Fisherman’s Fury

Sink with me beneath the ocean
Drag me overboard to sleeping sailor’s graves
Empty lies and twisted glories
We confessed them all
But still we fall

For your fury we will fall

If your heart could see the world
It would only beat far beneath the flow
As we sleep I watch you wander
Up upon the shore I hear you call

For your fury we will fall

Sink with me beneath the ocean
Drag me overboard to sleeping sailor’s graves
As we sink I watch you wander
Up upon the shore I hear you call

For you were waiting to lay my head on the shore

For your fury we will fall
Track Name: Monster Swan Blues
Monster Swan Blues

My boat is full of stones
I'm running out of all the usual excuses
I can think of for you but I'll try
My eyes are darkening
You're trying to explain
Your words blow in the wind
A million miles, a million miles
You'll play the swan
I'll be the monster so let's run

You've got a lot to say
But I've seen chaos as it reigns
And every time it goes
A little deeper to the bone
I am the same as you
If I'm a monster so are you
And I can run away
But I'll be back again
You'll play the swan
I'll be the monster so let's run

Run me right out of town
Before my feet get caught on that same old hate again
Run me right out of town
Before my feet get caught on those same old lies again
Run me right out of town, right out of town

The rage that's in your eyes
The empty nights, the sad goodbyes
I'm hiding in the trees
With this disguise you'll never see
And when you turn around
The only friend you've ever known is blowing in the wind
A million miles and million miles
You'll play the swan
I'll be the monster so let's run

Well run me right out of town
Before my feet get caught on that same old hate again
Run me right out of town
Before my feet get caught on those same old lies again
Run me right out of town, right out of town

Run me right out of town
Before my feet get caught on that same old hate again
Run me right out of town
Before my feet get caught on those same old lies again
Run me right out of town, right out of town

My boat is full of stones
I'm running out of all the usual excuses
I can think of for you but I'll try
You'll play the swan
I'll be the monster so let's run
Track Name: The Poison Sits
The Poison Sits

The poison sits
Just a little bit too close to you
Do I make you uncomfortable?
Does it suck the air out of you?
But I love you I do
And you love me too

The poison sits
With the words that I sing for you
Oh how they seem to cling to you
And how I will sing for you
And I love you I do
And you love me too

The poison sits
Every part of it embraces you
Do you remember lonely too?
Oh how I’d be lost without you
And I love you I do
And you love me too

The poison sits
Just a little bit too close to you
Do I make you uncomfortable?
Does it suck the air out of you?
But I love you I do
And you love me too

But I love you I do
And you love me too
Track Name: Can't Have You
Can’t Have You

When I go I won’t say goodbye with a smile, with a smile
‘Cause that’s done, well you’ve already gone
Without you I’m nothing, another lonely fool
A stranger to all I know, ‘cause I’m nothing without you

If I can’t have you, no one else will do
If I can’t have you, no one else will
I’ll lose it all for you

What’s your name, we’ve forgotten all of the faces we knew so well
Just the same old friends, but I’m nothing without you
I go, the sun doesn’t shine on my door
A stranger to all I know, ‘cause I’m nothing without you

If I can’t have you, no one else will do
If I can’t have you, no one else will
I’ll lose it all for you

If I can’t have you, no one else will do
If I can’t have you, no one else will
I’ll lose it all for you
Track Name: Crazy
Crazy
Bright lights thinking about you
There’s nothing they can say, nothing they can do
That’s gonna take this time away
We wake up under the sun
Living on the edge, going against the grain, you know there’s no place I’d rather be

There’s a mountain laden with gold
It’s hidden in the walls, hidden in the walls
Well take it all
We’re living out of our minds
Bad times waiting for the end to come, but there’s no place left to run

Without you
Without you
I go crazy

Your life support’s gone wrong
It’s hidden in the walls, hidden in the walls
Like my soul
We wake up fighting alone
Living on the edge, going against the grain, you know there’s no place I’d rather be

Without you
Without you
Without you
Without you
I go

But without you
Without you
Without you
Without you
With those mean minds and those mad hearts
They’re gonna tear us apart
With those mean minds and those mad hearts
They’re gonna tear us apart
With those mean minds and those mad hearts
They’re gonna tear us apart
They’re gonna drive me crazy
Track Name: Gonna Be Rain
There’s Gonna Be Rain

If we ran away from the world my love
We’d only fly to the same place with a new name
The same people that hate with a different face

Oh there’s gonna be rain
Wherever we fly
So let’s stay a little while
And watch the rain pass by

If I had brush my love
I’d paint a sky made of dark blue to watch over you
I’d paint a world that wasn’t so darn cruel

There’s gonna be rain
Wherever we fly
So let’s stay a little while
And watch the rain pass by

There’s light under every cloud
And there’s hope, it’s hiding there beneath your eyes
And there’s only so much that rain can hide
So let’s stay lets watch all the rain pass by

If we ran away from the world my love
We’d only fly to the same place with a new name
The same people that hate with a different face

Oh there’s gonna be rain
Wherever we fly
So let’s stay a little while
And watch the rain pass by
Track Name: Little Lady
Little Lady
Little lady
Little lady you know we’re mad about you
All your black and blue thoughts can circle the moon
Come back to earth and still light the room

And you wake up
You wake up oh what’s your poison today
There’s no light and shade
Just a scent of the world
But nothing is quite the same any more

They flew a man to the moon
But they couldn’t find you a room
Little lady, little lady oh where you going to run now

And you light up
You light up
You said you were dancing in the stars
As we slept in our safe world
You walked on the moon
Came back to earth but know we’ve all gone away

They flew a man to the moon
But they couldn’t find you a room
Little lady little lady oh where you going to run now

They flew a man to the moon
But they couldn’t find you a room
Little lady little lady oh where you going to run now
Track Name: The Lion's Head
The Lion’s Head

Walking dead of night
With a lion on your head
Crying at the night
With the creatures crawling into bed
You’re walking with a fight
You only learn at night
All your sweet tomorrows only die

Dancing in a cage in a white silk shirt
Crying at the rage
Pick up and throw me out
I’m running in the wind
I’m lying in the dirt
All your sweet tomorrows only hurt

You know your, your red ruby and bottle of sin

Buy me into hell
But your clocks won’t work
All the way to hell
Pick me up and throw me out
I’m running in the wind
I’m crying in the dirt
All your sweet tomorrows only hurt

You cried a hoodoo river
Oh you cried a hoodoo river
Oh you cried a hoodoo river
And a bottle of sin

Walking dead of night
With a lion on your head
Sweet December fool
And a bottle of regret
Buy me into hell
But your clocks won’t work
All your sweet tomorrows only hurt

You know your, your red ruby and a bottle of sin

You cried a hoodoo river
Oh you cried a hoodoo river
Oh you cried a hoodoo river
And a bottle of sin

You cried a hoodoo river
Oh you cried a hoodoo river
Oh you cried a hoodoo river
And a bottle of sin
Track Name: Old Fashioned Goodbye
Old Fashioned Goodbye

When the sky opens up
And it’s time for me to go
Wrap me up good
Throw me in a hole
Drink a little whiskey
Pass around a hat
Play a Delta blues
From the bottom of your heart

I want an old fashioned goodbye
I want an old fashioned goodbye
No need to cry
No need to carry me down the aisle
I want an old fashioned goodbye

When the big tree falls
And there’s nothing but the root
Let it swallow me up
I wanna sink into the earth
Drink a little whiskey
Drive out to the west
Play a Delta blues
Remember me at my best

I want an old fashioned goodbye
I want an old fashioned goodbye
No need to cry
No need to carry me down the aisle
I want an old fashioned goodbye

Sink your sorrows in a heavy cup
When you’re dead it’s done
These no point looking back and
Tomorrow the sun it will come
As you know life it does go on

When the fickle man calls
And he’s broken all the hearts
Bury me deep
Forget all the past
And sometime in May
When the daffodils fall
You’ll sit and watch me grow

I want an old fashioned goodbye
I want an old fashioned goodbye
No need to cry
No need to carry me down the aisle
I want an old fashioned goodbye