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The Southern Cross

by Colin Masson

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John he was a tailor Away lads come away Till he listed for a sailor We land at break of day He signed aboard the Southern Cross Away lads come away And if she goes to sea then he'll never come back Chorus She's a wreck she's a wreck she's a wreck she's a wreck From the crack in her Keel to the holes in her deck She’s a wreck she's a wreck she's a wreck she's a wreck And if she puts to see then she'll never come back The captain was the Devil's Own Away lads come away A poor man's work is never done We land at break of day A sailor is a journeyman Away lads come away And if we put to sea then we'll never come back Chorus And now his bones they lie below
In South Australia I was born To me heave away haul away In South Australia around Cape Horn And we're bound for South Australia Chorus Haul away you rolling Kings To me heave away haul away Haul away you hear me sing And we're bound for South Australia There is only one thing grieves my mind To Me heave away haul away To think of the girl that I left behind And we’re bound for South Australia Chorus
The Wreckers 06:35
White horses running high The sea roars angry at the sky The rudder sheared she takes the fury of the storm The rocky shore is drawing nigh the stricken vessel lurchers like a hind that has been brought to bay the storm a fearsome Hunter that has blotted out the Light of Day The Trap is sprung the teeth are Bared and granite tears the keel away The longboat’s down and broken and the Rocky coast will have its prey A great ship of the ocean Laden high upon the distant main A proud and gaudy Galleon Full of treasure for the King of Spain But storms care for silver Bought With greed or slavery or pain Off course and lost all hands are drowned The spaniards lose the Wreckers gain And God Have Mercy on their Souls Oh lord eternal Pity Me And those that fair upon the sea The blood and danger of the Spanish main A stranger in a far country Oh lord eternal set me free This is not where I want to be I pray for life against our savage enemies on land And the cruel uncaring sea
Compass Rose 03:57
I'm Cold Hearted man in the heart of the machine I'm a Smooth Operator and I keep my act clean I don't feel anger I don't feel pain I will make it plain I know your name I am doing what they tell me I'm An Agent of the State I've got the right attitude I'm an arm of Fate don't make me wait Chorus I believe in everything they tell me everything they tell me must be true I believe that paradise is waiting in the shadows I could put the finger on you I'm a conscientious worker and I do what I do I never miss a trick I've got my eye on you The Corporation paid and we're of one mind the world would be a better place without your kind I'm the man on the corner as you walk down the street. I've got the name and number of everyone you meet I'm so discreet Chorus
We hold of course we do not choose we serve the Southern Cross the ship decides and we are used they never count the cost can you hear us Hear us please can you hear us calling No One Left to save us now save us we are falling


Recorded and produced at Lacock House Studio, Salisbury in 2011
with some material from the 1980’s.


released May 6, 2011

Colin Masson: guitars, keyboards, vocals, recorders,

drum programming & percussion, found sounds.

Cathy Alexander: vocals, keyboards, recorders

Ryan Masson: extraneous noises

Recorded and produced by Colin Masson with help from Cathy Alexander.

All titles composed by Colin Masson
with additional material and vocal arrangements by Cathy Alexander
and traditional lyrics on South Australia.

Artwork by Colin Masson from an original idea by Cathy Alexander.
except for the CD label which is adapted from an antique plate.

Photography: Cathy Alexander

Thanks to:
Cathy (most of all), Ryan Masson,
various members of the Godolphin staff for putting up with me
and Simon for the beer!

This album is dedicated to Chas Pinder for his tireless help and support over the years.


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Colin Masson Salisbury, UK

The music is highly eclectic. Although the guitar is probably the main instrument, you will also hear a lot of keyboards, orchestral sounds. The Range goes from acoustic guitar, sometimes using traditional themes, sometimes using self penned material, through orchestral, German style electronics, all the way to Hard Rock. ... more

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