BUSH TELEGRAPH (EP)

by John Ellis

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Read about the recording of the "Bush Telegraph" EP on John's blog here:

johnellis.co.za/blog/bush-telegraph-the-ep-2

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released August 5, 2013

Produced by John Ellis
Recorded and mixed by Brent Quinton at Hit Record, Westville, South Africa, March 2013
Mastered by Rogan Kelsey

All instruments and singing: John Ellis
Additional drums: Andy Turrell

Words and music: John Ellis
Published by Jellisongs/ Admin. by HereWeAreMusic
© John Ellis 2013

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John Ellis Durban, South Africa

A singer-songwriter from Durban, South Africa, John has played his music all over the world. Following his 2010 solo debut "Come Out Fighting", his second album, an all-acoustic record named "Rural", was released in June 2012. A new song, "Get You", came out on Sony Records in 2012, and was followed in 2013 by a five-track EP, "Bush Telegraph", also on Sony. "Tells" is John's 3rd solo album. ... more

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Track Name: BUSH TELEGRAPH
BUSH TELEGRAPH

Come in come in can anyone hear this?
Come in come is there someone there?
I hear echoes of distant thunder
Come in there must be someone there

Alright you have all my attention
I heard you knocking all night long

So say something
So say something

Home-made drums and satellites
Antennae thrust into the night
That’s me waving high on the hill
You’ll make contact I know you will

Hello? Are you receiving me?
Smoke signals from my garage
I hear /you have/ been trying to reach me
These are/ the on/ly words I have

I’m just trying to make connection
An S/O/S using

Home-made drums and…
Track Name: ONCOMING TRAIN
ONCOMING TRAIN

Ready or not this day’s about to start
Better get going ‘fore it breaks my heart
I lost the last one – there’ve been some I’ve won
This could go either way before it’s dark

What’s that light in the tunnel?
Could be good, could be trouble
Either way – hey
This is it – jump the tracks and stare it down
It’s an oncoming train

No-one’s against you but it feels like it
The worst you imagined hasn’t happened yet
Want some attention? Go out and get some
Nobody’s watching, take what you can get

What’s that noise engineer?
What’s that sound I can hear?
Hit the brake – hey
Yesterday ran me over
Not today! Jump this oncoming train


Words and music: John Ellis
Published by Jellisongs/ Admin. by HereWeAreMusic
© John Ellis 2013
Track Name: ALL TOO SOON
ALL TOO SOON

All too soon the party’s over
I’m standing in the driveway
Dressed up for the night but dawn’s already breaking
No sign of the car I came in
Looks like I’ll be walking
To my rented space and bed of my own making

But where did all the time and money go?

Nothing’s ever made to last
Things just disappear so fast
All too soon – all too soon
All the things I held so tightly
I should have learned to hold more lightly
All too soon

There came a day I reached a summit
And I surveyed my kingdom
In the distance higher mountains called me by my name
It’s too easy to get used to
Oxygen that pure
All too soon I’m in the valley far beneath me

I never thought I’d have to stoop so low again

Nothing’s…

It’s only fair that morning follows night
High tide replaces low
It can’t be all just honeymoon that’s over all too soon

Here today, gone later on today
Track Name: SOON THERE WILL BE MORE OF US
SOON THERE WILL BE MORE OF US

Did you hear that?
Thunder rolling
From the gold mines
To the coast
Sleeping giant
Had a bad dream
Wakes up tied to a
Whipping post

One by one, rebellious
Soon there will be more of us
We can only take so much
You have gone to war with us

Once I turned my
Back on the ocean
Before I knew it
Swept away
Running water
Always seeps through
Your finger won’t keep
The flood at bay

One by one…

And we won’t stop
Until we get what we want
And we won’t stop
Until we get what we came for
Till it’s clean
Until it’s shining again
Just like it was
When we