The Inheritance

by Andrew Keese & The Associates

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released September 28, 2015

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Andrew Keese & The Associates Melbourne, Australia

Andrew Keese is an Australian singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and self-described purveyor of literate, intelligent and poignant pop/rock music. The Associates are a constantly evolving line-up of musicians.

He has recorded two albums with The Associates (Desire and The Inheritance) and recorded and produced a solo instrumental album under his own name (Infinite Possible Shapes).
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Track Name: Memory
Memory
Please be kind to me
You are a mystery
A distant melody

Seems that we
remember differently
In terms of how we are
Not how we used to be

Memory
You shift and ever change
One moment bright and clear
The next turned dim and feint

And though you're gone
Your traces still remain
From crimson clouds
Comes your falling rain

Memory, you are a mystery
Memory, a distant melody
Memory, you that I entreat

O memory, please be kind to me
Memory, please be kind
to me
Track Name: Far From Home
You're unravelling
Faster than anyone can undo you
And you're traveling
Down a road no one can see

Here comes a black crow dragging storm clouds in its wake
And in its mirror ball eyes the ghosts of yesterday
I've got a coil that maybe it wants to unwind
It's not the darkness it brings but all it leaves behind

You will find a way
You will learn to love again
These days are limited
But still we manage to pretend

That time is without measure
And it is never going to end
But you will find a way
You will learn to love again

I'm always moving on
I know not to what destination
I sing outsider songs
As if it were some occupation

Here comes a black crow dragging storm clouds in its wake
And in its mirror ball eyes the ghosts of yesterday
I've got a coil that maybe it wants to unwind
It's not the darkness it brings but all it leaves behind

You will find a way
You will learn to love again
These days are limited
But still we manage to pretend

That time is without measure
And it is never going to end
But you will find a way
You will learn to love again

You're unravelling
Faster than anyone can undo you
And you're traveling
Down a road no one can see

Here comes a black crow dragging storm clouds in its wake
And in its mirror ball eyes the ghosts of yesterday
I've got a coil that maybe it wants to unwind
It's not the darkness it brings but all it leaves behind

You will find a way
You will learn to love again
These days are limited
But still we manage to pretend

That time is without measure
And it is never going to end
But you will find a way
You will learn to love again

You will learn to love again.
Track Name: Wolves
Children of wealth and divine privilege
Know not of the lives of their poor underlings
Obsessed with ambition and all it starves and feeds

See their fortunes are framed by desperate smiles
As they circle and claw from the city's tall spires
Pray for grace that never will arrive

Did you hear the tale of the fortunate son
Who tempered his rage in the fire of the sun?
Who hardened his heart to protect his skin
To find the wolves were already within ...
Devouring everything

They were already within
Devouring everything

Whitey complains that the world is the cause
Spilling his drinks while he sharpens his claws
Practising his vicious mouth on foreign shores

Joining the bullyboys with their rictus grins
Who strip the compassion from reddening skins
While the women drink gin and subserviently smile

Did you hear the tale of the fortunate son
Who tempered his rage in the fire of the sun?
Who hardened his heart to protect his skin
To find the wolves were already within ...
Devouring everything

They were already within
Devouring everything

Brother, O brother that I never met
Your shadow looms large and dark over my head
Reminds me of everything I've tried so hard to forget

O brother, you're coming apart at the seams
O you claim that you're pure and that your heart is clean
But you're guilty of everything and I can't bear to see it

Did you hear the tale of the fortunate son
Who tempered his rage in the fire of the sun?
Who hardened his heart to protect his skin
To find the wolves were already within ...
Devouring everything

They were already within
Devouring everything
Track Name: Holding On To Nothing
O you, why do you hesitate?
Can't you see that I'm in need
Your words once seemed so real to me
Now they're impossible to believe

The trace of you is ever present
Like some lover's distant deceit
And how is it in that space you're standing now
Between victory and defeat

Your affections are so fleeting
You're always ready to betray
But I know that you'll come back to me
Your arms will open up again

Like dreams that appear and dissipate
Like the twilight shifts and fades
You keep your secrets locked so deep inside
That I can't trust all those promises you made

Feels like I'm holding on to nothing
Feels like I'm holding on to nothing
Feels like I'm holding on to nothing
I'm only holding on to the ghost of an idea

Outside the world is drifting by
In slow motion, frame by frame
See the people torn asunder
By following the rules of the game

They don't know that it's impossible
They're climbing ladders they can't see
While I sit here staring silently at the wall
Waiting for you to come back to me

Feels like I'm holding on to nothing
Feels like I'm holding on to nothing
Feels like I'm holding on to nothing
I'm only holding on to the ghost of an idea

And every time I think you're returning
To rekindle this small flame
Every time I think that you're back for good
You slip through my fingers again

Feels like I'm holding on to nothing
Feels like I'm holding on to nothing
Feels like I'm holding on to nothing

I'm only holding on
to the ghost of an idea
Track Name: Time Is A Thief
Back when the world was bigger
Greater than you and I
You had such grand suggestions
You never questioned why

Now just who would you be
If you had the means to choose
There's one thing you'll never get clear of
There's one thing that never turns you loose

Time is a thief who returns
Seems that we never will learn
The door is locked, the handle turns
And time is a thief who returns

That voice that wakes you from sleep
That tells you you're no good
Is the regret of memory speaking
You know it's not the truth

And all the love in the world
Cannot save those who can't save themselves
Sometimes the greatest victories
Are the ones you win over yourself

Time is a thief who returns
Seems that we never will learn
The door is locked, the handle turns
And time is a thief who returns

Our love is like a bluebird
Upon a broken bough
Its songs are half remembered
Yet clear and present even now

In fleeting twilight
In luminescent dawn
The bluebird's voice is constant
The tide of memory in its song

Time is a thief who returns
Seems that we never will learn
The door is locked, the handle turns
And time is a thief who returns.
Track Name: The Inheritance
Speak, little angel with your porcelain face
With your mild and enigmatic grace
You left no trace on me

In that slowly fading photograph
With your coloured pens and spirograph
And secret plans

Now you
Never could have seen that certain change
And fate is one thing that
you can't arrange

Though I stand in your place
You're a stranger now

Sweet, as the scent of cut grass in the spring
The embodiment of everything I wish to keep
And here, in the light that shifts through autumn leaves
In the way the time keeps a hold on me, I finally see

That you
Never could have seen that certain change
And fate is one thing that
you can't arrange

Though I stand in your place
You're a stranger now

Now it is clear
The past always near
Through the lens of memory
I see you looking back at me

O playful eyes
That turned so cool and wise
Though you turn and fade away
Part of you always remains

And you
Never could have seen that certain change
And fate is one thing that
you can't arrange

Though I stand in your place
You're a stranger now

But the inheritance is ours
The inheritance is ours.