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released August 3, 2018

Callum Gentleman - Guitar & Vocals
Sam Loveridge - Violin
Joel Vinsen – Electric Guitar
Oliver Harmer - Engineer & Mix
Chris Chetland – Mastering

Recorded at The Lab Studios
Mastered at Kog

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Callum Gentleman New Zealand

Tales told with a silver tongue.

Callum plays blues/folk noir with the odd dash of country. It’s Nick Cave meets The Smiths in a dark alley where they conspire to kidnap Bob Dylan and move to New Zealand. It’s Tom Waits sharing moonshine with Leonard Cohen at 4am ... more

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Track Name: Cigarettes
I sit beside you out on the deck
You breathe deep on your cigarette
We drink the wine dry
Beneath the streetlight
You spin afew jokes but then start to reveal
your secret regret

You’ll have one last smoke then go to bed
You try to tell another joke but you forget
We’re running out of time
As clouds kill the moonlight
Rain starts to fall & you say you’re feeling tired
& I’m feeling tired
We’re both Black Dog Tired

But I’ll stay here
with you

I’ll stay here
with you

You say it’s time to call it a night
You go inside to turn out the lights
But you come back to the table a new pack of smokes
And two strong rum & cokes
I sit beside you out on the deck
And I listen
as you smoke that pack of cigarettes

I’ll stay here
with you
Track Name: Hit Home
Your lips blazed red
My skin was on fire
Such brazen seduction
To kill a simple guy

You were every bit as gorgeous
As the warned me
Now all my thoughts are torn

I hear soft moans
You breathe down my neck
My body’s exploding
Your dreams roam through my head

You got a foothold in my heart
Now it’s a stranglehold
Your blood flows through my bones

You warned me to run
But I’m standing still
So come if love is your gun
Make your kill

Your bullet will hit home
Your bullet will hit home
Hit Home
Track Name: Blue Collar Killer
Blue Collar Killer
Blue Collar Killer
Is it just a job to you

I say Blue Collar Killer
Blue Collar Killer
It’s just another job to do
It’s just another dollar for you

Yesterday’s dinner lies cold on the table in the kitchen where your wife is crying alone
She wonders when she’ll see ya
She worries bout the life you’re leading
Maybe you should run to her now

Blue Collar Killer
Blue Collar Killer
Is it just a job that pays
You kill us & you walk away
Killing is just what you do

Your daughter’s sitting freezing by the gates of the school
She is waiting for her daddy to drive her home
Maybe it’s time you clocked out form this shift
And you go to her go to her go go go

Go Mr. Killer
Blue Collar Killer
Maybe you’re just working too hard
I think that you’re taking this all too far

And I know you’re just trying to make ends meet
But why why why does that mean
That you have to end me

Surely today
Surely today your job’s not me

I say hey Mr. Killer
Blue Collar Killer
Am I just a job to you?
Am I just a dollar?
Am I just a job?

Blue Collar Killer don’t
Please Mr. Killer
Oh now hey Mr. Killer
Track Name: Friday Clothes
Well it’s another shattered morning
I’m stuck between a rock and a headache
I’m a shambles
And my lover wants to move to a new place

I guess by now I should know how it goes
When I wake up on a Monday in my Friday clothes

We went out on Friday
And hit all our usual bars
You were wearing that red dress
And showing the world your particular charms
Midnight came and I got me some gear to keep me in the zone
Next thing you know I wake up on this couch and I’m back on my own

I guess by now I should know how it goes
When I wake up on a Monday in my Friday clothes

When I was a teen my mind was in such a bind
I thought I’d find the meaning to life in a pipe or in suicide
But then I fell for you, and my love, you turned the tide

Well the last time you left I found the going abit to rough
So when you came back to me I cleaned up
For about a month
I cut back on my drinking and I quit smoking cigarettes
Maybe that’s why I go so hard on everything else I could get

We were riding the tidal wave of Friday night
When you took my hands and you whispered it was time to stop hiding behind the lies
You started to cry and said I’d turned into a man you didn’t recognize
I was caught between the devil and your broken eyes
When you said our love was just victim of the pipe

Well I’m lying on this couch and the boss is starting to call
But I need to write you this message and love it’s gonna take my all

I guess by now I should know how it goes
When I wake up on a Monday with my head in my hands
And the words you said sit hard in my heart
Please don’t leave
But maybe this is how it goes
Track Name: Blind
The street light hit me in the face
I didn’t close my eyes all night
I lay awake & counted down your days
Now I’m begging you to stay
We can make this place as safe
As any other

The dawn light hides behind the rain
You sit here sipping tea
And planning murder
Revenge is a confession of your pain
But you’re digging two graves
Revenge proves it’s own executioner

But what happened to your dream
Where you’d teach the kids to sing
Cos if the children sing that song
The whole world would play along

You tried to drown all your shame
In a string of nameless bars & beds
But the daggers keep stabbing at your brain
You’re crippled by the blame
All your thoughts are of the ones who maimed you

But what of your dream
Where you’d teach the kids to sing
Cos if the children sing that song
The whole world would play along

Now you’ve lost your way
You’re playing a dangerous game
But you could teach the world to see through the child’s eyes
You can help the world to see to see to see….

You’re on a crusade to conquer hate
But you’re guilty of that very same crime
Cos revenge raises the stakes
You try to kill the evil
But your wounds will never heal
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind