THE WONDERING KIND : Lyrics
All songs written by Neil Murray 1999
Published by Universal Music Publishing


1. LATE THIS NIGHT
(Neil Murray)

 It’s late this night
I got a feelin’ that I don’t belong
I’m not alone this night
You’re sleepin’ like you’ve always done
Yeah you’re curled up tight
Oh baby, what ya dreamin’ of?
Can’t you tell by now, my heart’s already gone

You’re so beautiful
 When you’re sleepin’

 I hear a train tonight
Rollin’ on out of the gloom
I gotta ride tonight
If I want it I got to catch it soon
Well I pray you don’t wake and see me leave the room
Or your eyes will follow, follow me with doom 

You’re so beautiful
When you’re sleepin’
It’s hard to leave ya 

I can see the light, shinin’ from out of beyond
You’re asleep at my side, just like you’ve always done
If I steal this night,
Oh baby, what’ll I become?
When the cold, grey light of mornin’ finds me gone 

You’re so beautiful
 When you’re sleepin’
It’s hard to leave ya,
but it’s harder to stay


 2. EDDIE MABO
(Neil Murray)

 Eddie Mabo, you’re a hero
Eddie Mabo, you’re a hero 

When you see me in the mornin’ I’m goin’ down
I’m gonna meet them, yeah
The ones with all the money and the power
I’m  gonna face them

 Wanna see what they look like
Get a real hard look in their eyes
Before they move their mouths I’ll know
I’ll know what they say
They say you could make a lot of money if you just compromise
But Eddie Mabo, he just said no
Eddie Mabo, he knows so
Eddie Mabo, he’s a hero

Proved that Terra Nullius was a lie
Took ‘em all on and he won
Gave us hope where there was none
And we all walk tall because of you

Eddie Mabo
He’s a hero
Eddie Mabo
He knows so

Watch out for the greed merchants
They are the ones with no honour and no conscience
And if you let them they’ll destroy us and themselves
Don’t let them, no
Don’t let them near what they don’t understand
They have no business, no business with this land
‘Cause Eddie Mabo,
He said so
Eddie Mabo,
He’s a hero 

Watch out for the greed merchants
They be takin’ native title out from under your feet
It’s the biggest land grab you’ve ever seen
I will not let them
I won’t let them near what they don’t understand
No business, no business with this land
‘Cause Eddie Mabo
He said so
Eddie Mabo
 He knows so
Eddie Mabo
He’s a hero


 3. THIS TIME
(Neil Murray)

 I’m walkin’ along, I’m walkin’ at night
I’m worried because you’re not treatin’ me right
Tropical moon is starting to wane
 Down on the beach the tide has changed 

I didn’t know what your love was all about
Until I met you and you showed me how
Well I pray we can work it out
But something tells me it’s changed somehow
This time

 I see cars cruisin’ by
People goin’ out for a good time
I see planes in the sky
I’m wonderin’ where you are tonight

If you appeared before me now
I wouldn’t know what to do
I’d just break down
Well I pray we can work it out
But somethin’ tells me it’s changed somehow
This time
Ah-oo, Ah-oo, Ah-oo, Ah-oo 

I’m walkin’ along around the bay
I pass the spot where we once lay
I’m tryin’ to find you some way
But I don’t wanna see what can’t be saved 

I didn’t know what your love was all about
Until I met you and you showed me how
Well I pray we can work it out
But somethin’ tells me it’s changed somehow
This time

 Ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo

Ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo, ah-oo

Ah-oo


4. CAN’T WIN
(Neil Murray)

 It’s getting’ dark, getting’ dark so quick
And the rain will come you can count on it
And your touch, your sweet caress
Someday soon I’m gonna miss
For I know

 I can’t win
One of us must go
I can’t win
I wish it wasn’t so, but I can’t win 

When it’s like this
I’m walking on eggshells
Trying to fix broken cups
That don't hold water for very long
Still I pretend to carry on
But I know

 I can't win
As much as I want

I can't win
I’ve given all I've got
And I can’t win with you

  Did I not care?
Did I not try?
Did I not love you right?
Was it something I said?
Was I too hard?
Did I not give when you asked?
Is that what it was?

  I can't win
One of us must go
I can't win
I wish it wasn't so
I can't win
As much as I want
I can't win
I've given all I've got
and I can't win
With you

I can't win
I can't win


 5. COOLING WINDS
(Neil Murray/Kev Carmody)

 The summer it was long and the heat kept up for weeks
I was nearly all dried up and you got itchy feet
I tried to keep us focused and I tried hard to mend
And then one night I just let go, you took your chance and fled
And I was wishing you had stayed ‘cause the heat was bound to end
When the cooling winds of autumn blow out here again

The photos of yourself you left them on the shelf
I know you didn't want them they're for me to think about
Could there be something else you might have left behind?
Something you might be needing at some time?
For I wish I could've held you a little longer than I did
‘Til the cooling winds of autumn had blown out here again

  Well I see you in my dreams and you’re doggin’ all my days
With that look of sorrow on your face I couldn’t take away
Well did someone hurt you when you were just a child?
Well I swear if I ever found who did, they’d pay for their crime
There might have been a way to take our pain away
But the cooling winds of autumn didn’t blow here on that day

  The weeks pass by so slowly and the months turn into years
It'll still be from you that I long to hear
When I think of how we parted I still can't work out why
We loved each other hard enough you'd think we'd be all right
Well have you found a place where quiet waters dwell?
And do the cooling winds of autumn blow out there as well?


  6. DRIVING DAYS
(Neil Murray)

 Well I’ve crossed this land from north to south
I’ve been out west far from the towns
I’ve found myself in football crowds
And on lonely roads I’ve broken down

 I've held the wheel on stormy nights

I've steered my way through the city lights
I've driven with rage and I've driven with tears
And I've changed my wheels every year

  Well my driving days are over now
I've seen the bush, I've seen the towns
I've done more miles than I care about
My driving days are over now

  A young man told me the other night
He was going out west he had a job in a mine
He said, “Why don't you come along for the ride
It'd do you good, open your eyes”

  I said, “I've done that trip already son
I've seen that country I know where you run
I followed that track to the setting sun
You just take care which road you're on”

  For my driving days are over now
I've left the road, I've settled down
I've done more miles than I care about
My driving days are over now

  I met a girl she asked me to come
Along with her on an outback run
She had a pretty face and golden hair
She said she was going up north somewhere

  I said, “Thanks for your offer but I really can't go
You remind me of someone I used to know
And I've already been down that road
So I guess you better just go alone”

  For my driving days are over now
Don't ask me to come, don't tell me how
I've done more miles than I care about
My driving days are over now
Yes, my driving days are done
My driving days are gone


7. LITTLE ONE
(Neil Murray)  

Little one, so pleased that you’ve arrived
Little one, even when you cry
Little one, where’d you get that smile?
Wouldn’t know what day it was if not for you
Wouldn’t know the morning from afternoon

  When I gaze into your eyes I see where love resides
And you’re as happy as can be because you’re seeing it in me
And I’m so glad you chose me to be your dad
Little one, you chose me
Well, pleased to meet you too

  Little one, with your tiny hand in mine
Little one, is this your plan or is it mine?
Little one, what's that twinkle in your eye?
I wouldn't know the colour of a pre-dawn sky
Without you I wouldn't know why
When I gaze into your eyes, I see where love resides
And you're as happy as can be, ‘cause you're seeing it in me
And I'm so glad you chose me to be your dad
Little one, you chose me
Little one, little one
Where'd you get that shine?


8. EMPTY HOUSE
(Neil Murray)

He came home to an empty house
Kids were gone, she’d moved out
They had some problems he thought they’d get through
He didn’t ever want to say good-bye to her
They’ve gone somewhere, nobody knows
He’s worried sick, but she don’t even phone
Is there someone to comfort them now?
He fell down in an empty house 

To have his children taken away
Is the hardest hit he’s had to take
He can feel his daughter crying somewhere
She can’t understand why he’s not there
Whose arms will hold her now?
His tears fall in an empty house

 He didn’t want you to go
He didn’t want you to go
The man is kicked when the woman has gone
She keeps the kids from him, he gets no response
If you hold him to blame, don’t hold them to ransom
Every child needs to love their daddy 

Each morning he wakes up, the nightmare remains
Can’t seem to find what to do with his days
Every toy in the yard stays in one place
The swing in the tree doesn’t bend or break
It’s no good hangin’ ‘round
He can’t stay in an empty house 

He didn’t want you to go
He didn’t want you to go
He didn’t want you to go
The man is kicked when the woman has gone
She keeps the kids from him, he gets no response
If you hold him to blame, don’t hold them to ransom
Every child needs to love their daddy, yeah
He didn’t want you to go
He didn’t want you to go
He didn’t want you to go, oh no
He didn’t want you to go
No, he didn’t want…you to go


9. GOOD LIGHT IN BROOME
(Neil Murray)

 I was hangin’ out in Sydney and I was goin’ down
I’d done too many parties and my money was runnin’ out
Then I met an old man, who lived all alone
He had two dogs for company, that’s all he owned
He was savin’ his pension for a one-way fare
Said when he had enough, he was getting’ outta there
I said “Really, what are you gonna do?”
He smiled and said
“There’s good light in Broome”

 I went out to western Queensland, working in the sheds
Met a girl in Quilpie and we got wed
Moved up to the Gulf, had our first born
We were livin’ in a caravan, I was workin’ on the prawns
I came home from a stormy sea
She’d up and gone and left a note for me
On it she wrote, “I’m sick of you”
That’s when I felt- there’s good light in Broome 

Good light in Broome and I’ll be there soon
I know exactly what I’m a gonna do
Sit on the beach,  stare at the moon
Haven’t you heard? there’s good light in Broome 

I headed down south, couldn’t take the hint
Saw a lot of pubs, I had a lot to drink
I was runnin’ pretty ragged, I didn’t hardly eat
I was thinkin’ about her and what she did to me
There was a road and a hairpin bend
Then I woke up in a hospital bed
“How do ya feel?” said a voice in the gloom
I gave the answer, “there’s good light in Broome”

 I went truckin’ out of Melbourne, back and forth to Perth
Didn’t take long and it seemed like a curse
My eyes were on the road, but my mind was somewhere else
When I pulled in to a Nullarbor roadhouse
The waitress came over and she’s there lookin’ at me
She asked me how I was, I said “Bit ordinary”
She said “I thought that might be your tune”
I said “Don’t tell me, there’s good light in Broome” 

Good light in Broome, well I’ll be there soon
I know exactly what I’m a gonna do
Sit on the beach, stare at the moon
Haven’t you heard? there’s good light in Broome

Well when I get to Cable Beach, I’ll fall right out of the truck and into the sea
With my clothes still on, I’ll plunge under the waves
And all the dirt will drain away
And just like Bunjil, I’ll get two dogs
And every evenin’ I’ll walk them along
On the edge of the country, take in the view
Just like I heard, there’s good light in Broome 

Good light in Broome, well I’ll be there soon
I know exactly what I’m a gonna do
Sit on the beach, stare at the moon
Didn’t I tell ya? there’s good light in Broome


 10. WINGS TO WORK
(Neil Murray)

 There were storms on the highway
As I drove from her town
But there’s nothing that could make me
Turn back round
For I had dreams, shine like a light
And I watched them go off in the night
I had beauty fall apart in my hands
I had lies I’ll never understand 

The touch of a child kept me sane
Through all the dark years I took her rage
For being abandoned and afraid
Falling prey to evil ways
I thought love would be a cure
But I was a fool to endure
For I'd be free, free as a bird
If I could get the wings to work

It don’t get easy the further you go
And it takes longer to get on the road
I can’t imagine what kind of chain
Kept me down in a cave 

Well I don't mean to sound bitter
For in truth I won't forget her
All the suffering and the effort
Never meant we'd be together
And the only thing to be learned
Is how much pain can burn
For I'd be free as a bird
If I could get the wings to work

I wish there was something
She could fix
For herself
I did my best
But the strain on my soul
Was dragging me down into a hole
I’ll be free in the world
I’ll be free in the world
When I get the wings to work
I’ll be free
Once I get these wings to work
These wings to work
(Free in the world
When I get the wings to work)
(Free in the world)
I’ll be free
(When I get the wings to work)
Yeah, yeah, yeah


11. SOMETIMES I FEEL
(Neil Murray)

Sometimes I feel I’m drifting upon the sea

And sometimes I feel there’s no land in front of me
And sometimes I feel that I’ve lost where I’ve been
And there’s no place left to go

  It’s hard to live when justice is a sham
And the poor man rarely wins
We talk about being clever in a nation of jerks
But we’re really just the joke of the world

  Sometimes I feel like cutting my ties and going
Sometimes I feel I don't care about tomorrow
And sometimes I feel like I'm living in a stricken land
And there's not many understand

  I see a nation of rabble and thieves consumed by greed and ignorance
I see lives of not much consequence caught up in their own publicity
Well it's one step forward and two steps back
How we gonna get anywhere?

  Sometimes I feel like walking out in the desert
And sometimes I feel like turning my back forever
And sometimes I feel like I'm knocking on heaven's door
And there's no answer any more

  For a man to live with honour and dignity
He has to have his rights respected
Well how can he get that when his country rejects him?
Where the hell does he start?
When there are no leaders but there's a lot of sheep
The great southland is getting bare
Well how did it get there?

  Sometimes I feel like walking out in the desert

 12. ANYWHERE TONIGHT
(Neil Murray)

 There’s fresh air in the mountains and you can really see
I drove for three days at a dangerous speed
And now I’m standing still
Cool breeze blowing through my mind
And I’m in no hurry to be anywhere tonight

  The life I had before seems like a bad dream
Last night in the mountains I had the deepest sleep
And I'd never have woken up again
'Cept the birds were singing the morning light
Now I'm in no hurry to be anywhere tonight

  I met a woman today but we didn't hardly speak
The way she held herself I sensed a bad relationship
Just like a wounded bird she wasn't able to fly
Well I'm in no hurry to be anywhere tonight

  Wish I could stay in the mountains and wait for Mohammed or someone
But I'll have to leave soon and go back to where I'm from
And I don't know when I return there
If there'll be anything left to find
So I'm in no hurry to be anywhere tonight
To be anywhere tonight

 13. WE’LL NO RETURN
(Neil Murray)

 They were driven from every Highland glen and scattered from their clans
They were forced to board a sailing ship and leave their native land
As they left old Scotland’s shores they held each other’s hands
While their pipers played cha till mi tuille
We’ll no return again

 A perilous journey could n’er be found than to sail the southern seas
And the months aboard a creakin’ ship brought many to their knees
There were those who felt their souls were damned and cast before the waves
And all they knew was cha till mi tuille
We’ll no return again

 When finally they landed in Geelong Town
To the squatters they were bound
They had no choice but toil for them in carving up the land
And see native people driven off and scattered from their clans
And they felt once more cha till mi tuille
We’ll no return again

 Oh weary me, oh weary me to ponder these sad events
I have grown up in a land of sorrow and all my tears are spent
The clans have gone, both black and white
Though I wish it wasn’t so
But the wind it cries cha till mi tuille
We’ll no return no more

 To the Australian land my soul belongs it’s the only home I know
I seek for peace a bush retreat where the sun will warm my bones
Where the children will play, both black and white in friendship on the land
May they never hear cha till mi tuille
We’ll no return again
No may they never hear cha till mi tuille
We’ll no return again