Punch Drunk

by Andre Camilleri

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‘Punch Drunk’ by Andre Camilleri

‘Punch Drunk’, Andre Camilleri’s 12th studio album is a powerful and dark musical journey in to the world of good Country music. From the Gram Parsons' inspired ‘Free at last’ to the Johnny Cash/Glenn Danzig feel of ‘Not as smart as you thought you was’ Andre once again shows great depth and playful versatility in his songwriting and delivery.

Mind you, banal pop music this is not and the human condition is dealt with head on. Hardboiled songs about losers and lost battles reflect an artist’s disillusionment with Australia’s mainstream Country music scene and political status quo. If you are drawn to the darker side of things, ‘Punch Drunk’ will be right down your alley.

For the first time, Andre opted to play his own guitar and harmonica solos on most of the tunes, showing a newfound confidence in his own vision and ability.
This simplified approach is further emphasised by his unpolished vocal treatment resembling a Tom Waits, or Fats Domino. And the heartwarming analog sound puts the listener in the middle of what sounds like a great live session inside a dirty old garage.

Talking of which. If Tom Waits made a Country record, perhaps it would sound something like ‘Punch Drunk’…

Andre Camilleri - vocals, guitars, harmonica
Mark Nunis - piano
Clark Fisher - bass
Alex Yoon - drums
David Butler - guitar on 'There's no plan B for being you'
Jessica Hooper - vocals on 'can't fight this feeling'
Mark Thorburn - guitar on ' Not as smart as you thought you was'

Watch ‘The Dream’ music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9pouvcm4ms

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Andre Camilleri
mob: 0438 179 737
andrecamilleri.com

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released March 12, 2014

Andre Camilleri - vocals, guitars, harmonica
Mark Nunis - piano
Clark Fisher - bass
Alex Yoon - drums
David Butler - guitar on 'There's no plan B for being you'
Jessica Hooper - vocals on 'can't fight this feeling'
Mark Thorburn - guitar on ' Not as smart as you thought you was'

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Andre Camilleri Australia

Andre has released 20+ albums of original material and has collaborated with the likes of Chris Dyson (Paul Kelly & the Dots), Des Hefner, Alan Brooker (Maurice Frawley, Nick Barker), James Stewart (Dan Warner, Overnight Jones), Paul Thomas (Weddings Parties Anything, Chris Altman) and Mark Di Marzio (Original Snakeskins). ... more

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Track Name: Not as smart as you thought you was
YOU KNOW YOU WON’T AMOUNT TO MUCH
YOU WERE BORN ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS
YOU’LL TRY AND TRY TO PROVE EM WRONG
BUT YOU TOO GIVE UP BEFORE TOO LONG

IF YOURE LUCKY YOU’LL END UP IN THE CAN
CHANCES ARE YOU’LL (FIRST/SOON) END UP BE DEAD
ANOTHER NUMBER TAKEN BY NEEDLE OR GUN
YOU KNOW YOU GOT NOWHERE TO RUN

YOU CAN HIDE YOUR PAST AND CHANGE YOUR NAME
GO AND LIVE IN ANOTHER PLACE
YOU NEVER EVER LOSE THAT HURT
THEY ALWAYS TREATED YOU LIKE DIRT

YOU NEVER STUCK WITH SOMETHING LONG ENOUGH
YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T CARE A LL THAT MUCH
YOU NEVER REALLY LEARNED TO TOUGHEN UP
YOU’RE NOT AS SMART AS YOU THOUGHT YOU WAS
Track Name: Punch Drunk
YOU GOTTA ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES
AND LEARN THE ROPE A DOPE
NO MATTER WHAT I TRY
I GET CAUGHT OUT COLD

MIGHT THROW IN THE TOWEL
SEEING I DON’T STAND A CHANCE
THEY CALL ME PALOOKA
BUT I DONT GIVE A DAMN

I COULD HAVE BEEN A CONTENDER
BUT NOW I AM ON THE ROPES
STILL GOT A GOOD SET OF WHISKERS
BUT IM A GETTING TOO OLD

I OFTEN KISSED THE CANVAS
NOW IM A PUNCH DRUNK
TAKEN PLEANTY OF WALKS ON QUEER STREET
AND MY SHIP IS ABOUT SUNK
Track Name: Free at last
WE WERE MENT TO FLY WAY UP HIGH IN THE SKY
LEAVE THE TEARS PAIN AND SORROW BEHIND
THIS WORLD IS RULED BY GREED AND FEAR WON’T LET US SEE
THAT WE WERE MENT TO HELP OUT ONE ANOTHER

FREE AT LAST
FREE AT LAST
ALL GODS CHILDREN FREE AT LAST
FREE AT LAST
FREE AT LAST
I’LL BE GOING HOME FREE AT LAST

YEAH WE OUGHT TO DREAM
THOUGH IMPOSSIBLE IT MA Y SEEM
ONCE WE CUT OFF THE CHAINS
NOTHING’S EVER HOLDING US BACK AGAIN

FREE AT LAST
FREE AT LAST
ALL GOD’S CHILDREN FREE AT LAST
FREE AT LAST
FREE AT LAST
I’LL BE GOING HOME FREE AT LAST

BEEN LOST IN THE DARKNESS
TOO MANY ROCKS IN THE WAY
I WOKE UP AND REMEMBERED A DREAM
NOW I CAN SEE GAIN

FREE AT LAST
FREE AT LAST
ALL GOD’S CHILDREN FREE AT LAST
FREE AT LAST
FREE AT LAST
I’LL BE GOING HOME FREE AT LAST
Track Name: The Dream
30 ODD YEARS OF WRITING SONGS
PLAYING THE HONKY TONKS
THE ROAD AHEAD KEEPS CLIMBING
IT JUST GOES ON AND ON AND ON
LIFE’S MANY BLOWS ARE STARTING TO SHOW
YOU’D BE BETTER OFF LAYING LOW
YOU’RE ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES
AND KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE

SOME PEOPLE CALL YOU LAZY
OTHER’S THINK YOUR JUST PLAIN CRAZY
THEY DON’T APPRECIATE THE GOLIATHIAN EFFORT IT TAKES
TO STEP OUT OF LINE SWIM AGAINST THE TIDE
ACCOMPANYING TROUBLES ON YOUR MIND
SING FOR CHEAP WINE AND A COUPLE OF DIMES
NIGHT AFTER NIGHT

YOU MIGHT AS WELL PUSH ON THROUGH
WHAT ELSE YOU GONNA DO
TENDING BARS WASHING CARS
FLIPPING BURGERS AT THE DRIVE THROUGH
SOMEDAYS YOU LOVE IT MOSTLY YOU HATE IT
FOLKS SAY YOU NEVER GONNA MAKE IT
IT’LL BE SO MUCH EASIER TO QUIT
BUT IT’S A HABIT THAT’S HARD TO KICK

THE DREAM DREAM DREAM DREAM DREAM IS STILL ALIVE
DREAM DREAM DREAM DREAM SOMEHOW IT SUVIVES
DREAM DREAM DREAM DREAM YOU MAY NEVER ARRIVE
DREAM DREAM DREAM DREAM THE DREAM IS STILL ALIVE
Track Name: Corporate Greed
PEOPLE MAKING MONEY
TO BUY STUFF THEY DON’T NEED
ALL THE RICHES IN THE WORLD
CAN NEVER SET YOU FREE
EVERYBODY TRIES TO RULE THE WORLD
THIS DAMN RAT RACE
IS GOING NOWHERE

FORESTS ARE BURNING
THE RIVERS ARE SICK
THE ICE IS MELTING
THE SECONDS THEY TICK
STICK YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND
PRETEND EVERYTHING IS OKAY
YOU CAN SPIN YOUR TALES
BUT IT WON’T GO AWAY

I DON’T HAVE THE ANSWERS
TO THESE QUESTIONS I GOT
I DOUBT THIS MADNESS
IS EVER GONNA STOP
THE WORLD IS DYING
FROM CORPORATE GREED
TOO MANY HUNGRY
MOUTHS TO FEED

FORESTS ARE BURNING
THE RIVERS ARE SICK
THE ICE IS A MELTING
THE SECONDS THEY TICK...
Track Name: I got lucky
THIS SHIP WAS LOST OUT AT SEA
DR IFTING AROUND AIMLESSLY
LIFE HAD SPIRALLED OUT OF CONTROL
I WAS DIGGING MYSELF A DEEP BLACK HOLE

I GOT LUCKY WITH YOU
I GOT LUCKY ITS TRUE
FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME TO FIND SOMEONE LIKE YOU
I GOT LUCKY I KNOW
I GOT LUCKY IT SHOWS
GOD KNOWS WHAT I’D DONE IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU

WONDER WHAT YOU SAW IN ME
MUST HAVE KNOWN THEN WHAT I COULD BE
PICKED ME UP PUT ME BACK ON MY FEET
SAVED ME FROM THE MEAN STREETS

I HOPE ONE DAY I CAN MAKE IT UP TO YOU
WON’T LET YOU DOWN AT LEAST I TRY NOT TO
I STICK TO YOU LIKE GLUE
Track Name: There is no Plan B for being you
D A
YOU BEEN HURT TOO MANY TIMES
D
AT THE WRONG END OF MEAN HEARTED LIES
D7 A
HAD YOUR HEAD STUCK HIGH IN THE CLOUDS
D
BUT THEY BETTER DON'T JUST YET COUNT YOU OUT

D A
THEY GOT YOU WOUNDED AND SCARED
D
YOUR HURTING AND GASPING FOR AIR
D7 G
YOUR BACK IS ACHING AND THE OLD LIMBS ARE SORE
A D
BUT YOU LAUGH IT OFF AND KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE

D A
YOUR STILL WAITING FOR YOUR LUCKY DAY
D
THERE'S NOT MUCH COMING YOUR WAY
D D7 A
LOOKS LIKE YOU'LL RUN OUT OF TIME
D
AND YOUR JUST ABOUT TO LOSE YOUR MIND

G (A) D
CAUSE/BUT YOU KNOW THAT IT AIN'T ALL BAD
G A D
THIS COULD BE AS GOOD AS IT GETS
G A BM
WHAT ELSE ARE YOU GONNA DO
G A D
THERE S NO PLAN B FOR BEING YOU
Track Name: Can't fight this feeling
A D
WE CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING ANY MORE
E
BURNING HEARTS WON’T BE IGNORED
A D
WE CAN’T PRETEND WE NEVER MET
E A
AND KEEP MAKING LOVE TO SOMEONE ELSE INSTEAD

D A
YOU GAVE YOUR HEART LONG TIME AGO
B E
BUT LATELY THE CRACKS HAVE STARTED TO SHOW
D A
THE FIRE'S GONE OUT IN THE RAIN
E A
AND PLEASURE AND HAPPINESS TURNED INTO MISERY AND PAIN

WE NEVER MENT TO CHEAT AND LIE
BUT WE CRY OURSELVES TO SLEEP AT NIGHT
IT’S HARD TO ADMIT WHAT IS PLAIN TO SEE
THAT ALL I WANT IS BE WITH YOU AND HONEY YOU JUST WANT TO BE WITH ME

C#M
I SEE YOU BOTH STANDING ACROSS THE ROOM
D
YOU SEEM LIKE THE PERFECT BRIDE AND GROOM
C#M
I SHOULD TURN AROUND AND WALK AWAY
B E
AND TELL MY POOR HEART IT WASN’T MENT TO BE
Track Name: Philippine Blues
BACK HOME IN THE PHILIPINES SHE MADE 10 BUCKS A DAY
WORKING THE FLOOR OF THE AMERICAN FACTORY

SUPPORTED HER OLD MOTHER AND HER ONLY SON
HER EX USED TO BEAT HER WHEN HE GOT HOME DRUNK

A FAMILY FRIEND PROMISED WORK OVERSEAS
IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA IN A SHOP OF RELATIVES

AFTER SHE ARRIVED THEY TOOK HER PASSPORT AWAY
SHE WORKED 7 DAYS A WEEK BUT SHE NEVER GOT PAID
Track Name: I won't bother you
DON’T MIND ME MISTER/LADY
IM JUST TRAVELLING THROUGH
LET ME REST UP FOR A WHILE
AND I WONT BOTHER YOU

THE ROAD I AM TRAVELLING
IS GOING STRAIGHT TO HELL
IT’S TOO LATE NOW
FOR REGRETS OR TURNING BACK

WHY OH WHY
I HAD TO LEAVE MY HOME BEHIND
BROKE MY MOMMA’S HEART
AFTER I GONE MOMMA DIED

IF THERE IS ONLY ONE THING
TO BE LEARNED IN THIS LIFE
YOU CAN RUN WITH THE DEVIL
BUT YOU GOTTA PAY THE PRICE