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The Merri Soul Sessions

Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions

featuring Clairy Browne, Dan Sultan, Kira Puru, Vika and Linda Bull

RELEASE DATE: 1 December 2014
PRODUCER: Paul Kelly and Steven Schram
  • 1
    Smells Like Rain (feat. Linda Bull)

    Oh it’s been so long
    Since water kissed this ground
    Everywhere is aching
    For grace to come falling down
    Now I feel a change
    There’s something on the wind
    Can you feel it too?
    It’s just about to begin

    Oooh, smells like rain
    I do believe
    We’re heading for a change

    Seems it’s been forever
    Since the mercury was low
    Don’t you feel the pressure
    It’s just about to blow
    Dark electric sky
    Thunder from the west
    Oh my man’s got a hard head
    He plays it close to his chest

    Oooh, smells like rain
    I do believe
    There’s gonna be a change

    Smells like rain
    Belting rain
    Smells like rain
    Smashing rain
    Wash us all again
    Wash it all away
    We’re waiting on the rain

  • 2
    What You Want (feat. Vika Bull)

    I want to give you
    My love and affection
    I’ve been saving it so long
    I can show you
    The right direction
    Listen to my song

    Oh, how long
    Must I wait to show you
    What you want!

    I can see that
    You don’t like attention
    That’s how I noticed you
    Am I making it clear
    My intention
    Am I getting through

    Oh, how long
    Must I wait to show you
    What you want!

    Oh, don’t deny me, boy
    You don’t know what it is you need
    You don’t show it but I know it’s
    What you want!

    I’ll give you, I promise I’ll give you
    Love and understanding
    And tenderness so sweet and true
    Oh, it’s what you want!
     

  • 3
    Keep On Coming Back For More (feat. Clairy Browne)

    Won’t somebody help me please
    I’m afflicted with a strange disease
    No doctor can help me, neither can the nurse
    ‘Cause the cure I crave is just making me worse
    And I keep on coming back for more

    Every morning I wake up
    With a promise to keep?
    Then that old sun begins to creep
    In my mind a whisper turns to a roar
    And here I am again, baby now, knocking at your door

    I keep on coming back for more
    I keep on coming back for more

    All my friends keep shaking their heads
    You don’t care for me, you never did
    I’m so tangled up inside your spell
    And the gates of your heaven now, baby, lead straight to hell

    But I keep on coming back for more
    I keep on coming back for more

    I know, I know, I know what I should not and what I should
    But baby, baby, baby sometimes it just feels so good

    Like a sick dog licking at his spew
    I’m always turning back to you
    First my mind’s a preacher, then it’s turning tricks
    Like a drunk to a bottle, baby, like a junkie to a fix

    I keep on coming back for more
    I keep on coming back for more
     

  • 4
    Sweet Guy (feat. Vika Bull)

    In the morning we trash the bed
    You bring me coffee black and boiling
    Then we start up again and the coffee goes cold I wake up drinking from your lips
    Kisses warm and tender
    And I’d give up the world just to see you smile

    One thing I will never understand
    (It’s become my problem)
    And it’s something that’s right out of my hands
    (My hands are clean)
    What makes such a sweet guy turn so mean?

    I went to town with a moody man
    A handsome Dr. Jekyll
    He was right by my side turning into Mr. Hyde
    I ran for cover but I ran too slow
    I was stitched by strangers
    And they shook their heads that somebody could do the things you did

    One thing I will never understand
    (It’s become my problem)
    And it’s something that’s right out of my hands
    (My hands are clean)
    What makes such a sweet guy turn so mean?

    I must be mad, I must be crazy
    Everyone tells me so
    All of my life I’ve seen it coming,
    Now I’m facing the wall, waiting for the blow

    In the morning you kiss my head
    You say it was somebody else, you weren’t feeling yourself
    Now you’re down on your knees

    Begging me “Baby, baby, forgive me please”
    I wake up aching from your touch?
    Every muscle tender?
    Then I look in your eyes, the way you smile
    And I’m hypnotized

    One thing I will never understand?
    (It’s become my problem)?
    And it’s something that’s right out of my hands
    (My hands are clean)?
    What makes such a sweet guy turn so mean?
     

  • 5
    Righteous Woman (feat. Paul Kelly)

    There she stands in the spotlight
    Now the music begins
    Her left leg won’t stop trembling
    But there’s nowhere to run

    The soldier sobbing at the station
    Is taken down to the hall
    He limps in late in the darkness
    And takes his seat in the stalls

    Righteous woman starts softly like a dove at dawn
    Righteous woman, building up pressure like a slow moving storm
    Righteous woman, giving birth to the dark unborn
    Righteous woman, righteous woman

    In a blanket in a box on the hospital doorstep
    Lies a baby new born
    The nurse gently picks up the bundle?
    But the mother is gone

    In the darkness his head falls
    As the chorus arrives
    He wakes up late in the third act
    To those radiant eyes

    Righteous woman, laying down the law, getting on a glow
    Righteous woman, surrendering to the full, ecstatic flow
    Now she looks out and sees the brass buttons glinting in the tenth row
    Righteous woman, righteous woman

    Righteous woman hears the knock on her dressing room door
    She takes the note and reads it then lets it drop to the floor
    Now she drifts on down slowly to the backstage door
    Righteous woman, righteous woman

  • 6
    Don’t Let A Good Thing Go (feat. Dan Sultan)

    If you find a love that’s strong and true
    You don’t want to lose it
    With tender kindness surrounding you
    Don’t refuse it
    You might think to look around
    You don’t want to be tied down
    There’s just one thing you should know
    Don’t let a good thing go

    Once I held all riches in my hands?
    But I held them cheap
    I wandered through a milk and honey land
    But I wandered asleep
    I woke up on stony ground
    All I knew in pieces around
    Now there’s just one thing that I know
    Don’t let a good thing go

    Soon you’ll be standing out in the pouring rain
    With no-one else to blame
    You’ll understand then there’s no way home again
    And no place to hide your shame

    You might think to look around
    You don’t want to be tied down
    You’ll wake up on stony ground
    All you know in pieces around
    There’s just one thing you should know
    Don’t let a good thing go

    Soon you’ll be standing out in the pouring rain
    Soon you’ll be standing out in the pouring rain
    You’ll understand then there’s no way home again

  • 7
    Where Were You When I Needed You (feat. Clairy Browne)

    Where were you when I needed you
    Where were you in the falling rain?
    I looked around but you could not be found
    You’ll never let me down again

    You broke my heart when I needed it most
    Things ‘round here won’t be the same
    I was on my knees, getting up by degrees
    You’ll never let me down again
    Only a fool could call you a friend

    O, don’t pretend everything’s ok now
    Don’t come up and say “Hello, how are you, it’s been a while!”
    I don’t want to hear your voice buzzing in my ear
    I can’t stand to see you smile

    Where were you when others hung tough?
    Where were you when I called your name?
    You turned your face, you muddied my name all over the place
    You’ll never let me down again
    Only a fool would call you a friend

    Where were you when I needed you?
    Couldn’t you stand the pain?
    You drank my good wine back in those fat times
    You’ll never let me down again
    Only a fool could call you a friend
    I won’t be fooled again

  • 8
    Thank You (feat. Paul Kelly)

    We’ve been traveling for a while now
    On a turning, twisting road
    I know I haven’t always
    Carried my fair share of the load
    You’ve kept me strong and steady, baby
    When I’ve begun to slide
    Every time I’ve I lost my way
    You’ve been my beacon and my guide
    Thank you for loving me
    Thank you for lighting up the dark
    Thank you for loving me completely
    And showing me my heart

    I know I’m melancholy, baby
    And I change from day to day
    Sometimes I get so excited
    And much too carried away
    Sometimes I feel so mean and ugly
    I want to hurt what’s close to me
    The cruel things I’ve said and done
    You never took them personally
    Thank you for loving me
    For teaching me like nobody else
    Thank you for loving me so tenderly
    And showing me yourself

    To everything a season
    I thank my lucky stars each day
    To be loved for no good reason
    And our love is here to stay!

    Thank you for loving me
    For touching me like nobody else
    Thank you for loving me unconditionally
    And showing me my better self
     

  • 9
    I don’t know what I’d do (feat. Kira Puru)

    I don’t know what I’d do
    If we were parted
    I don’t know what I’d do
    If you were gone
    When I look ahead
    To a life without you
    I wonder if I could carry on

    You’re such a part of me
    It makes me frightened
    What if you were suddenly
    To disappear?
    Like an amputee
    Feeling for his missing limb
    That’s just how I’d be
    Without you near

    I don’t know what I’d do
    I don’t know what I’d do
    You’re such a part of me
    I don’t know what I’d do

    The little things you do
    No-one else does
    The secret things you say
    When we’re alone
    Your laughter on the air
    Floating down the hallway
    When some book or some affair
    Tickles your funny bone

    I don’t know what I’d do
    I don’t know what I’d do
    You’re such a part of me
    I don’t know what I’d do

  • 10
    Down On The Jetty (feat. Vika & Linda Bull)

    You left me crying
    Down on the jetty
    You left me standing
    All on my own

    Your boat got smaller
    Then smaller and smaller
    I kept my eyes on you
    ‘Til you were gone

    “Don’t sail away, don’t sail away!”
    Within my heart I cried
    But my words were locked away inside
    And I could not turn the tide

    “Don’t sail away, don’t sail away!”
    I stood there all tongue tied
    My words all locked away inside
    And I could not hold the tide

    Down on the jetty
    I kept on standing
    Watching the moon rise
    Over the bay

    That moon got smaller
    Then smaller and smaller
    I turned my face then
    And walked away
     

  • 11
    Hasn’t It Rained (feat. Paul Kelly and Vika & Linda Bull)

    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained
    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained
    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained a long, long time

    We liked it well at first
    But it turned bad and then it got worse
    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained a long, long time

    We hauled and hammered wood
    Racing hard against the flood
    The water rose above the trees

    Now our boat is shipshape tight
    It’s gonna see us through alright
    Though the world has now become a mighty sea

    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained
    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained
    Forty days and forty nights I believe it’s rained

    They came in two by two
    All our cargo and our crew
    They came in two by two all day and night

    Every kind and every worth
    Of all that moves upon the earth
    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained a long long time

    The captain’s on my case
    O, he’s keeping on my case
    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained a long, long time

    We’re high above the hills
    Above the drownded with no gills
    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained a long, long time

    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained
    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained
    Forty days and forty nights I believe it’s rained

    Now there’s blue sky up above
    We’re all waiting on the dove
    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained a long long time

    Now the captain’s rolling drunk
    Singing naked on his bunk
    Are we ever gonna see dry land again

    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained
    Oh Lord, hasn’t it rained
    Forty days and forty nights I believe it’s rained