Red Earth

by Kendall Elise

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14 different houses Not one of them home Seems like my spirit Is destined to roam Fitting myself into Different sized spaces Living out of Old suitcases Maybe I’ll find some money and settle down someday Maybe I’ll find some money and settle down someday Maybe I’ll find some money and settle down someday Maybe I’ll find some money and settle down someday
2.
Red down one end and blue down the other They’re of the same world but won’t call each other brother Here they are living by their own laws Heat to heat Down Valentine Street She’ll borrow your things but you’ll never get them back She was born 10 metres from the right side of the tracks Every day she makes up for what she lacks Living week to week Down Valentine Street He gets home one night late from work Tries to rest his weary head But instead they fight Hurt upon hurt And still that Devil’s making the world go ‘round Heartbeat to heartbeat Down Valentine Street It’s a never-ending race to the bottom of the glass And you can’t quite remember the last time a hit lasted Now you’re down looking for your next up Living Sleep to sleep Down Valentine Street Week to week Down Valentine Street Heartbeat to heartbeat Down Valentine Street Valentine Street, Valentine Street
3.
Mumma why do you tell me not to go there? Why must I always hold your hand? Why do you tell me I must not go there? I’m sure if I stick to the path I will come to no harm No one else I know has ever raised the alarm Why should I take the long way around? Why should I take the long way around? My girl, heed my warning I don’t want to hang my head in grief Each time you’re home safe it’s a relief Girl get used to taking the long way around Girl get used to taking the long way around Mumma why do you tell me not to go there Mumma why do you tell me not to go there Mumma why do you tell me not to go there Mumma why do you tell me not to go there
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Red Earth 04:28
I want to call you by your true name Don’t let them don’t let them don’t let them cover up your past Denial is no way to heal Don’t let them don’t let them don’t let them cover up your past Little did you expect to be boxed in by whitewashed walls And earth red from open wounds I want to call you by your true name Don’t let them don’t let them don’t let them cover up your past Denial is no way to heal Don’t let them don’t let them don’t let them cover up your past Little did you expect to be boxed in by whitewashed walls And earth red from open wounds The mouth of your harbour gagged by a motorway strip Your forests razed, your veins lined with concrete I want to call you by your true name Don’t let them don’t let them don’t let them cover up your past Ignorance and denial is no way to heal Don’t let them don’t let them don’t let them cover up your past I see you for what you were I see you for what you have lost I see you for what you can be now
6.
There are moments I stumble into you words tumbling from my lips There are moments my hands are outstretched Palms glistening from your tears How about it, how about it How about you meet me there In front of the clock tower In the middle of the town square? Let's rewind, let's reset Let's turn the clock way back 'Cause I'm no good at ending But it's easy to start And pretend that no time has passed How about it, how about it How about you meet me there In front of the clock tower In the middle of the town square? How about it, how about it?
7.
Kingseat 04:47
I’ve seen blood and I’ve seen pain I relive it in my head again and again But they tell me they can get rid of what ails me With a little electricity I awake in the night My face wet with tears Soaked in sweat smelling of fear But they say they can re-write my memory With a little electricity I lost my life and I lost my smile My light hung around for a little while But they say they can ignite a spark in me With a little electricity
8.
Standing on the doorstep of my 13th house It seemed that all space for me had run out Turned around but there was nowhere to turn to I left you there down Great South Road I left you there down Great South Road When I was a child you wiped away my tears I believed you when you told me that monsters weren’t real But you lied I saw them in your eyes I left you there down Great South Road I left you there down Great South Road I could have done more I could have stayed by your side But I ran away I was only a child I could have done more I could have stayed by your side But I ran away I was only a child I’m sorry I left you there down Great South Road I’m sorry I left you there down Great South Road
9.
While we were laughing and the sun shined down below We didn’t notice the summer start to go The summer start to go From warm nights of fire and song We were singing of sorrow all along So kiss me once more my love And I’ll try not to weep While I wait for you here Down at Slippery Creek Now the sunset slowly fades away Now the cold and dark invades the day The dark invades the day I looked to the future but I was so wrong How was I to know that we wouldn’t have long So kiss me once more my love And I’ll try not to weep While I wait for you here Down at Slippery Creek We must live with courage and grace And stare darkness right in the face So kiss me once more my love And I’ll try not to weep While I wait for you here Down at Slippery Creek
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I look down Old Wairoa Road I see your train pulling in to town I know it’s minutes ‘til I see ya Man it’s ages since you’ve been around I never thought you’d leave the city We can take it nice and slow Honey believe me when I tell you By the morning you won’t want to go Why would you ever want to leave When you’ve got the best of town and country? I see you brought some beer Honey you know my style Open a drink – We’ve got one night Let’s make sure we spend it well I never thought you’d leave the city We can take it nice and slow Honey believe me when I tell you By the morning you won’t want to go Why would you ever want to leave When you’ve got the best of town and country?

about

A deeply introspective album of intricate storytelling brought to life with evocative instrumentation; meaningful lyricism and a golden voice, RED EARTH officially hails the emergence of one of New Zealand’s most intriguing songwriters and performers.

Moving effortlessly and seamlessly through a number of styles and genres, from dark country to true country; folk and chilled pop to bluesy rock, Kendall delivers an album packed with mood and personality.

Kendall chose the songs that feature on the album - including first singles already released ‘The Clock Tower’ and ‘Valentine Street’ - because they’re representations of her childhood growing up in Papakura, south Auckland. “Each song is based upon my memories around locations within the district. Most of the songs reflect important moments of my life that moulded who I am today,” she explains.

“The whole album writing process involved a lot of introspection and processing of traumatic experiences, so it comes from a place of healing and catharsis. The songs also hold a lot of relevance to issues that not only I faced growing up, but that continue to be common societal issues today such as poverty, housing insecurity, sexism, sexuality, mental health, and how colonialism has negatively impacted our country.”

credits

released May 3, 2019

All songs on the record were written by Kendall and recorded at Roundhead Studios.
Audio Engineer - Paddy Hill;
Produced by Kendall Elise and Alan Meharry;
Mixed by Scott Seabright;
Mastered by Chris Chetland from KOG

Kendall Elise - Vocals and Guitars
John Segovia - Guitars and Backing Vocals
Robert Scott - Bass and Backing Vocals
Chris Kemp - Drums and Percussion
Louis Jarlov - Keys

Additional vocals by Debbie Silvey, Sarah Radford, Alan Meharry, Emily Wheatcroft-Snape, Paddy Hill

THANK YOUS!!

Thank you to my darling Chris Kemp, John Segovia, Rob Scott, Alan Meharry, Paddy Hill and the team at Roundhead Studios, Scott Seabright, Chris Chetland, Mum and Mud, Chris Whiting, Meghann Humphries, Bella and Sam, Louis Jarlov, Debbie Silvey, Sarah Radford, Reuben Raj, NicNak Media, Shure, DRM, APRA, AtoZ, Recorded Music New Zealand, To my friends and family, and the biggest thank you of all to those that contributed to the making of this record by way of buying merch, listening to my music, and coming along to shows.

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Kendall Elise Auckland, New Zealand

Kendall Elise is an intriguing story teller with a hint of yesteryear. With trademark quirky touches and flawless vocal delivery she has come fresh from touring with Kiwi born, LA based Gin Wigmore and supporting Larkin Poe. On the 3rd May Kendall released her debut album Red Earth of which her recently released singles The Clock Tower and Valentine Street feature. ... more

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