The Art of Departing

by Tanya Ransom

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The Last Goodbye (copyright Tanya Ransom) They met with open hearts Not knowing wrong from right Wondering if there’s still a fire to ignite They were lovers once before battled their own war they had said their last goodbye On her own she reminisced Dreamt of their first kiss and the way he held her in his arms He had his doubts on his own hated feeling alone He missed her love and ease of her company Had it been their first kiss Had it been their first dance Had it been the start to this romance Had they not been here before Had they not lost their own war Had they not said their last goodbye Had they not said their last goodbye He said well if you are a fool, then so am I So lets make this the last time He unravels her weakness together they grieve for what they wanted, not what they need let it be the last kiss let it be the last dance let it be the end to this romance let it be the last kiss let it be the last dance let it be the end to this romance Let it be the last goodbye Let it be the last goodbye Let it be the last goodbye Let it be the last goodbye
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‘Bound In Chains’ (copyright Tanya Ransom) I seen him like a freight train going full steam ahead I heard him in the lions roar when I entered his den I felt him through my pounding heart like a bomb exploding I could taste the bitter dread of yet  another misunderstanding I’m at war with myself nobody else held captive at my own will bound in chains gone insane The doctors came in winter that’s when I was detained down fluorescent corridors clothed in locks and chains escorted through bolted doors no windows only stained white walls It’s now just me and him and our mind for us to trawl  I’m at war with myself nobody else held captive at my own will bound in chains gone insane we’ve gone insane  He now sits beside me and whispers in my ear It’s not we who are crazy Let’s get the hell out of here The summer sun is beating hard I’ll the distract the security guard It’s only 100 yards... to freedom I’m at war with myself nobody else held captive at my own will bound in chains gone insane we’ve gone insane we’ve gone insane  we’ve gone insane and now we’ve gone
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East and West (copyright Tanya Ransom) I never did fancy  tall buildings and traffic Give me a life  living simple and nomadic you can have the craziness of the east I’ll take the west with ease you take the rum I’ll drink the wine with the flip of a coin and a roll of the dice          you can have the sunrise over the sea I’ll take the stairs the moon shines for me you take the east  and I’ll take the west you take the east and I’ll take the west you can have the cool that the east winter brings I’ll keep the warmth  of the western spring you can have the tea trees and tea stained river I’ll have the boabs and the tides that slither you can keep  the notes that I wrote  the shelf that I built in the truck that’s your home I’ll play loud  on the amp you gave me writing songs like these that ain’t gonna save me you take the east  and I take the west you take the east and I take the west did I plant a seed in stone  was I waiting for the light when the bulb it had blown was I driving west when you were headed east hoping our souls would meet you take the east  and I take the west you take the east and I take the west you take the east and I take the west   you take the east and I take the west  
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FRIDAY NIGHT QUEEN (copyright Tanya Ransom) He strolled in to the dark and dingy bar She caught his eye sipping on her pinot noir Her lips the shade of ruby’s so beautiful and red her long dark hair matched that of her black silk dress Friday night queen Lady of his dreams Friday night queen Lady of his dreams She sat there on her own He thought what have I to lose As he slicked back his hair with the confidence of the booze With each step he achieved he felt his heart might explode she looked just like a movie star as beautiful near as too afar Friday night queen Lady of his dreams Friday night queen Lady of his dreams, dreams, dreams.. He buys her a drink and charms and her with his wit Asks to take her home shouldn’t spend weekends alone Not merely a minute more He escorts her to the door Steals a first kiss leaves in a state of bliss Friday night queen Lady of his dreams Friday night queen Lady of his dreams Friday night queen Lady of his dreams Come morning she won’t be seen Friday night queen
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WILL YOU WRITE AND LET ME KNOW (copyright Tanya Ransom) There’s a light at the end so I’m told my friend will you write to let me know It seems only days we were talking face to face would you believe 10 years have passed I was young and naive was the first time I’d grieved and you always gave such good advice I find myself stuck don’t know how to get up will you write me and let me know will you write and let me know No life is perfect I’ll have time to reflect when I join you some day when I’m on my way I’ll write to let you know I’ll write and let you know I could get lead astray I might lose my way I’ll need some directions If I’m to get to heaven will you write and let me know will you write and let me know There’s a light at the end so I’m told my friend will you write and let me know will you write and let me know…
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He Sleeps Alone (copyright Tanya Ransom) I’ve been longing for my lover he’s home in my bed next to where my tangled hair should fall he sleeps alone for his touch I long he sleeps alone I went away for so long I drove south and flew east I went searching for a piece of myself I sleep alone for his touch I long I sleep alone I’m counting the days they seem so long as are the nights I lay cold and alone soon we’ll wrapped in the warmth of each others arms he sleeps alone for his touch I long he sleeps alone for his touch I long I sleep alone for his touch I long I sleep alone not for too long not for too long..
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Where The Mulla Mulla Grow (copyright Tanya Ransom) When the road is tiring as are my mind and my feet I know just the place to energise and retreat There might be one road in but there’s more than one way to go I take myself to where the mulla mulla flower and the jigal tree grow It’s why I come back back to this land back to these waters it’s like a mothers healing hands A night sky so clear you feel you’re swimming in an ocean of stars where time moves of its own accord and other towns are worlds apart Where a collision of culture paints a colourful history for the many who walked it’s red dirt and dived it’s turquoise seas It’s why I come back back to this land back to these waters it’s like a mothers healing hands There might be one road in but there’s more than one way to go I take myself to the where the mulla mulla flower and the jigal tree grow where the mulla mulla grow where the jigal tree There might be one road in but there’s more than one way to go I take myself to the where the mulla mulla flower and the jigal tree grow where the jigal tree grow where the mulla mulla grow where the jigal tree grow where the mulla mulla grow where the mulla mulla grow where the mulla mulla grow
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Let Love Remain (A Song for Deb) copyright Tanya Ransom when the heavens open and the banks of the river break tears will flood the desert and flowers will remain wild horses they will gallop like lightning on the plain easterly winds breathe freedom within and love shall remain let love remain let love remain let love remain let love remain let love when the sun paints the horizon and the moon dances into sight close your eyes my darling rest peacefully tonight dream that you’re the wild horse you’re the lightning on the plain surrender your pain surrender your fear surrender to all of your suffering let love remain let love remain let love remain let love remain let love let love remain let love remain let love remain let love remain let love don’t want no suffering in the end of your days reflect on a life fulfilled, satisfied know that you lived know that you loved know that you loved know that you loved do not resist the only thing we know when it’s the end know it’s time to let go surrender your pain surrender your fear surrender to all of your suffering let love remain let love remain let love remain let love remain let love remain let love….
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Here and Now 04:44
Here and Now (copyright Tanya Ransom) It’s been endless days and sleepless nights without you by my side cried an ocean of tears been cursing my fears watching love subside I’m waiting for the silver lining I’d be pushing my luck for gold In time these clouds will pass but for now I just keep holding on for now nothing lies for now it’s the dark before the light for now I can only be here and now here and now I’ll hang my broken heart for the crows to feed upon They can peck at its flesh for what there is left I don’t need it any more I’ll make myself a new one special edition delux build outta iron as fierce as a lion It won’t need to be replaced cause I am here  I am where nothing lies I am here  I’m the dark before the light I am here and it’s the only place to be here and now here and now This waterline will recede with the outgoing of the tide you and me and our memories we would have said our goodbye’s  but for now nothing lies for now it’s the dark before the light for now I can only be here and now here and now here and now here and now here and now here and now here and now here and now
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The Mountain 03:49
The Mountain (copyright Tanya Ransom) she climbed what started out as days turned into weeks, months, years and into decades the higher she climbed the harder to reach the higher she climbed no closer to the peak no closer to the peak come come on down come come on down come come on down from the mountain from the mountain she walked one step at a time turned into a fast pace, full sprint running her own race the faster she ran the harder to breath the faster she ran no closer to the peak no closer to the peak come come on down come come on down come come on down from the mountain from the mountain the ground it crumbled under her feet it was raining ashes, she felt the heat her days on the mountain now complete as she came crumbling down she came tumbling down from the mountain from the mountain..

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released June 15, 2019

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Tanya Ransom Broome, Australia

Captivating, moving and truly salt of the earth. Tanya Ransom fuses folk, blues and alt country with strength and passion. Nominated for WAM Regional Act of the Year and Song of the Year, the Kimberley songstress holds audiences attentive with her unassuming warmth and personality, leaving you yearning for more. ... more

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