Good Grief

by City Over Sand

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about

We grew up listening to our parent's record collections. Big white cans with a black curly cord connected to pioneer systems, each component divided by glass and too heavy for a young boy to lift. It's a memory we all share as a band.

Music was a process, it was something to touch, feel, smell and protect.
It was also a gateway to another world. Falling asleep on the floor, cans on, connected. It's a vivid memory we all keep and one that remained with us as we created our own record.

Our wish is for people to exist in the music, feel the songs, hear the lyrics, and fall asleep on the floor, connected.

Although we've become victims to the pace of our world, where nothing lasts and the water is shallow, we chose to take a dive, to the bottom.
It matters not that the music won't sell, that we most likely will never recoup the true cost of our story and labour.

What matters is that the music exists, and it did not before. The stories exist, the feelings are legitimate, the experience is real and forever, and we shared it.

Good Grief carries great meaning and reconnects us to another time that holds memories of the spark that is now a raging inferno.

From little kids bewildered by the magic of music and song, to now, as grown adults with children of our own and more than ever in awe of the power of music as an outlet to the daily grind and rigors associated with the passing of time.

The connection is legitimate, the timing fortunate, the content mirrored by the reality of life.

More than ever before we feel proud of this work, protective like a parent and unhinged from the burden of success. We'll forever lie on the floor, cans on, with the music in our ears.

We hope you do the same and find your reflection along the way.

COS 2016

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released September 23, 2016

Written and produced by City Over Sand at Blindboy Studios, Gold Coast Australia. Mastered by Paul Blakey at 12th & Vine Post.
Graphic Design by Aqua Owl. Fiddle on track 3 by Rachel Bostock.

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City Over Sand QLD, Australia

City Over Sand are a band of independent songwriters, musicians and producers who create indie pop music in Queensland, Australia. Three core members, Brad Hosking, Jules Keshan and Dan Carroll work out of Blindboy Studios.

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Track Name: Free
Through sweet dreams I found you and I'll never ever lose you again
I don't want to wake up to find the straight line is bent

So tell me everything I need to hear
Surely the sky ain't falling in
We're surrounded by too much beauty for this to be the end

Take a look around you
You're alive and you're here
You cry out for the little things
Realise that you are rich

You are free

You've always had food in your belly
Power on and off at the switch
The water runs crystal clear from the tap, on demand when your fingers are clicked

Take a look around you
You're alive and you're here
You cry out for the little things
Realise that you are rich

You are free


Climbing trees before they hit the ground
Shoot the past before it can't be found
You've got it easy

Take a look around you
You're alive and you're here
You cry out for the little things
Realise that you are rich

You are free
Track Name: Smith Street Turnoff
Chasing my tail, on constant repeat
The weather’s not bad but I don’t think this city’s for me
We could sail away and watch the city fall down
Like dominoes, in the distance, caught on the breeze

I’m turning this thing around
So lost in this town

Way back in my day when the pace was slow
When the sunshine slept, it was safe to go wherever your feet would lead you
And your friends were strong enough to carry you home

I should have known when I pulled into town
I took the Smith Street turnoff all the way to the sea
I just couldn’t see it I must’ve been blind
This used to be paradise, apparently

I’m turning this thing around
So lost in this town

Way back in my day when the pace was slow
When the sunshine slept, it was safe to go wherever your feet would lead you
And your friends were strong enough to carry you home

The traffic sits at a standstill all across town
Plastic bits on the beaches, golden brown

I’m turning this thing around
So lost in this town

Way back in my day when the pace was slow
When the sunshine slept, it was safe to go wherever your feet would lead you
And your friends were strong enough to carry you home
Track Name: Old and Grey
I’ll take a little time for myself
To get over you now that you are gone
Your body moved on but your soul
Has an arm around my shoulder until I am old and grey

You and I we knew what lay around the corner
Like a king, you battled on
The summer was freezing, it was cold
I felt I aged a thousand years
If only you grew old and grey

And who will notice when you’re gone
Your life wrapped up in a eulogy
Lets get drunk and sing some songs
For you in your memory

I’ve been earing your shoes
They’re too big for my feet but I move along
I’m heading in your direction now
In hope that you’ll meet me when I am old and grey

And who will notice when you’re gone
Your life wrapped up in a eulogy
Lets get drunk and sing some songs
For you in your memory

Life continues as it was
Like we never skipper a beat
Disrespectful, wrong?
But that’s the way it is you know
One day you were born and you will die one day

And who will notice when you’re gone
Your life wrapped up in a eulogy
Lets get drunk and sing some songs
For you in your memory
Track Name: Look For Me
Travelling a million miles an hour
Trying to keep up with you
You know I, can't fight this feeling, there's no blood but I'm bleeding out

Don't hold me down
Keep my head above the water
So high face down on the ground
Come look for me
Come look for me

Lately I've been feeling inside out
How do I know that I'm alive?
Do I throw myself from a building?
Coked up to the ceiling
How?

Don't hold me down
Keep my head above the water
So high face down on the ground
Come look for me
Come look for me

You've only got yourself to beat
Still so young, so please

I don't see your face here anymore
So I play your voice back on the line
Everyday that I'm breathing
Wasted, daydreaming of you

Don't hold me down
Keep my head above the water
So high face down on the ground
Come look for me
Come look for me
Track Name: Leaving
God damn it was cold in that room
I couldn’t wait outside
Holding hands, I watched you breathing, losing track of time

Help me understand this
Lets talk before you leave
Help me understand, this can’t be happening to me

It looks like you’re leaving
It looks like you’re leaving
It looks like you’re leaving
It looks like you’re leaving this world, oh no

Everyday is night without you
On the other end of the line
No one left to keep me dreaming, one line at a time

Help me understand this
Lets talk before you leave
Help me understand, this can’t be happening to me

It looks like you’re leaving
It looks like you’re leaving
It looks like you’re leaving
It looks like you’re leaving this world, oh no

Put it down to one of those days
What can you say to turn things around
The broken will break
The spirit will take flight without a sound

It looks like you’re leaving
It looks like you’re leaving
It looks like you’re leaving
It looks like you’re leaving this world, oh no
Track Name: Shake Hands With Danger
Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders
Every single song on the radio brings you down

Get a little sunshine on your face
Pack a little bag, hit the highway out of town

Smoke a few cigarettes, sip a little gin
Get a taste of the free world on your tongue

Put a smile on your face, hold up your chin
Shake hands with danger

And who knows?
And so the weeks roll into months
Who knows?
Where we’re going to this time

Jumping around like a fish out of water
Take a deep breath, settle down
You’ve been found

Time to figure out now who you want to be
There’s a change blowing in on the breeze, new in town

I know you’re trying to forget but everybody bleeds
Songs on the radio about love and loss right now

Put a smile on your face, hold up you chin
Shake hands with danger

And who knows?
And so the weeks roll into months
Who knows?
Where we’re going to this time


I know a place where we can go
The answer is yes to every no
And it’s not far from here.

And who knows?
And so the weeks roll into months
Who knows?
Where we’re going to this time
Track Name: Where We Started From
Let’s take time now for each other
Let’s take time now to heal
Let’s take time for you and some time for me
Let’s take time for the things that we truly believe in

Let’s go back
To where we started from

When you’re up you fly through the buildings
When you’re up you float on the sea
When you’re down everything is never enough
It’s never enough with nothing real to believe in

Lets go back
To where we started from

There’s a price you pay for the freedom
A price to exist, just to be
There’s a line to be drawn deep into the sand
A line to be crossed eventually

Let’s go back
To where we started from

There’s no rhyme or reason
Who’s in charge anyway?
There’s no rhyme or reason
So get busy living
For it's living that you can't replace

Let’s take time now for each other
Let’s take time now to heal
Let’s take time for you and some time for me
Let’s take time for the things that make our hearts sing

Let's go back
To where we started from
Track Name: The World Falls Onto Me
What is the meaning of this all?
A city full of buildings designed to fall
What is the meaning of this all
Time to stop leaning and stand tall

Is everyone leaving now?
I just need one last chance
Don’t let me fall please heaven help me
Is everyone leaving now?
I just need one last chance
For if I fall, the world falls onto me

There’s got to be more to this town
Than shallow feelings and let downs
Pack your bags, lets get out

Is everyone leaving now?
I just need one last chance
Don’t let me fall please heaven help me
Is everyone leaving now?
I just need one last chance
For if I fall, the world falls onto me

In the here and now
A history so proud
But it’s lies to me

Is everyone leaving now?
I just need one last chance
Don’t let me fall please heaven help me
Is everyone leaving now?
I just need one last chance
For if I fall, the world falls onto me
Track Name: The Wind Shakes the Trees
Your red is my blue
Your too many is my too few
You see, when the wind shakes the trees
The whistle of the breeze, brings the world to its knees
And tells me everything’s alright

Your old is my new
Wait so long and over too soon for me
When the wind shakes the trees
The whistle of the breeze, brings the world to its knees
And tells me everything’s alright

Maybe it’s time
To turn a new leaf over

When you caught it, I threw
With everything that I had and it’s true
You see, when the wind shakes the trees
The whistle of the breeze, brings the world to its knees
And tells me everything’s alright
Track Name: Code Red
I thought I'd have something to say by now, but I don't.
I thought i'd be exactly who I dreamed I'd be, by now, a joke.
I need some air in my lungs to breath.
I've got my hand in the air, save me.

I'm drowning
It's peaceful
Underwater

I'm drowning
Code red, rescue
No, don't bother.

There's something not right about the way things are, right now, I know.
Go left, go right, go up, go down, just go, go, go.
I need some air in my lungs to breath
I've got my hand in the air, save me.

I'm drowning
It's peaceful
Underwater

I'm drowning
Code red, rescue
No, don't bother.
Track Name: Friend of Mine
Sometimes you leave
Sometimes you stay
Sometimes you give
Sometimes you take

Sometimes you’re early
Sometimes you’re late
Sometimes you’re average
Mostly great

And you’ll always be a friend of mine

Sometimes you’re green
Sometimes you’re broke
Sometimes you breath
Sometimes you choke

Sometimes you climb
Sometimes you fall
I’ve seen you run
I’ve seen you crawl

But you’ll always be a friend of mine

Wherever you go you’re on my mind
Wherever I am, I look to find
You there

Sometimes you see
Sometimes you don’t
Sometimes you sink
Sometimes you float

Sometimes it hurts
Sometimes the pain
Gives in to sleep
To take it away

You’ll always be a friend of mine

Wherever you go you’re on my mind
Wherever I am, I look to find
You there

Sometimes you drink
Sometimes you smoke
Sometimes it’s weed
Sometimes it’s coke

You’ll always be a friend of mine

Wherever you go you’re on my mind
Wherever I am, I look to find
You there