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Old Maps / New Roads

by The Good China

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Debut EP recorded at Soundpark Studios, July 2009. Produced by Steven Schram (Little Birdy, Eagle and the Worm, Little Red).

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released September 1, 2009

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The Good China Melbourne, Australia

The Good China is an energetic, instrument-swapping eight-piece indie pop band from Melbourne, Australia.

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Track Name: All Nothing
We had a bike behind the garden shed
Dust off the cobwebs
And I pushed on

I had to get across two major roads
Yeah, that's pretty big
For a three-year-old

Point the bike towards my grandma's place
The surprise on her face
Was astounding

Although they wondered where my mother was
Probably because I was alone when they found me

It's all nothing
It's all nothing
It's all nothing now

We had a sea shell on the bathroom bench
My parents found it when
We were in Queensland

And when I knocked it down with my bath towel
The deafening sound
Made them both mad

I couldn't look at them in the eye
'Cause they'd see me cry
I was so scared

Instead I ran behind the garden shed
Dust off those cobwebs
And got out of there

It's all nothing
It's all nothing
It's all nothing now
Track Name: If Pain Persists
With a little imagination I pretend
Your shiny new pearl necklace was a gift from me
Oh, the thought of all this glorious gift givin' is enough
to make me give when there's nobody to receive
Such a waste to piss away what should be
draped around your neck
But when realities too much to take,
Self deception is a vital skill to perfect

Believe I know that I ain't got no chance
Of this turning into romance
But if I suspend my disbelief
Maybe then I'll find a little relief
Maybe then I'll finally get relief

With a little imagination I pretend
The pleasure you're expressing was caused by me
Glad to oblige... I love to see you happy.
The brutal reality is as far as you're concerned, I don't even exist
But taking refuge in my fantasies Is a little too hard, baby, to resist

Believe I know that I ain't got no chance
of this turning into romance
But if I suspend my disbelief
Maybe then I'll find a little relief
Maybe then I'll finally get relief

You'll never know just how much I care
While you're blissfully unaware,
It's an unrequited love that I wish we could divey up and share
You'll never know just how much I care
While you're blissfully unaware,
This unused excess of passion ferments into pain and despair

You'll never know just how much I care
Track Name: Turn The Page
Put your winter coat on my dear
Night is falling I fear
That the cold will cut you to the bone
Stretch onto my shoulders
But I won't be your prophet
I can't be your soldier
Wherever you roam

Much wiser much older
Got bit by the fire
No matter
Your heart's still much bolder than him
So why do you linger
Draw circles with fingertips
Write out all your sad songs
Fall in love with their singers

You saw the ghost in the photograph
You didn't recognise your own face
And when you see him staring back at you
Hold your nerve and turn the page

Put your winter coat on my dear
Night is falling I fear
You can clench your fists and you can grit your teeth
I judge no book by its cover
But you pine for a lover
When you should have slipped arsenic into his tea
And had the short fuse that you had with me

You saw the ghost in the photograph
You didn't recognise your own face
And when you see him staring back at you
Hold your nerve and turn the page

And we're not going home
Until the dawn finds us
Wandering lost and alone
With all our heartache behind us now
Track Name: We Found 3 Whistles
The neighbours stare from windows above
Oh, what do they see?
Oh, what do they know?
Laughs we make, make their heads ache
With nothing to fear
With nothing we know
Go

Three whistles in two worlds we found
Behind the white blocks
The hidden time warp
Swept into the clouds above
Flown to the dark zone
As brothers in arms

In two years or so
We won't live here no more
We made pillow castles
And played Mario

Our childhood spent
Controller in hand
One toot on this whistle
Will send you to a faraway land

Faraway land
Faraway land
Faraway land
Faraway land
Track Name: 39 Black
We've already got thirteen, here's another
You think I got a clue where this is going
Well I ain't got none
It's just a little something something to distract from the pain
Feel like shit but I don't have the right to complain

It was as black as black
Black as black
Black as black
It was as black as black
It was as black as black
And it was big
It was as black as black
It had a big black bushy tail

I used to be a skeptic but now I believe
That old school mentality was so naive
I know you've got no reason to trust what you don't see
You've still got your skepticism now I've got my certainty

It was as black as black
Black as black
Black as black
It was as black as black
It was as black as black
And it was big
It was as black as black
It had a big black bushy tail

I know there's more out there
There can't be just one
If you think I've got a clue where we're going
You know ain't I got one
And there will come a time
When the whole world will see
Then everyone will know the truth and not just me

It was as black as black
Black as black
Black as black
It was as black as black
It was as black as black
And it was big
It was as black as black
It had a big black bushy tail