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Last Drinks

from Drifter by Ian Bland

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The road was just a track,
when that pub first served a drink
and the locals came by horse to share a jar
for a hundred years and more,
both laborers and lords
rubbed shoulders telling stories round the bar

Pedro tells a blow in about the day
he bowled Don Bradman
those who know him well try not to smirk
Daryll’s come in early,
but today it’s not for drinking
if he asks around he’ll find a few days work

Shane is contemplating,
if he’ll stay for one more shout
he buys a beer to help him while he thinks
slowly the clock works its way toward the hour
suddenly they’re calling last drinks

Jean has ruled the bar,
since Elvis ruled the juke box
with a smile as sweet
as her lemonade and wine
she’ll laugh at all your jokes
and she'll listen to your problems
but she’ll have your balls if you get out of line

Lenny lost his leg up on the track in forty two
in sixty years he rarely missed a day
heaven help the stranger
who sits on Lenny’s stool
though it’s been a year
since the old boy passed away

Shane is still debating
if he’ll stay for one more shout
another beer helps him while he thinks
slowly the clock works its way towards the hour
suddenly they’re calling last drinks

the fishing club is meeting
to plan a trip down to Port Albert
and they're praying that the schnapper will arrive
Wardy’s selling tickets
for the weekly meat tray raffle
it’s how the local football team survives

since 1869 they came to wash away the dust
and watch the sun retreat across the bay
now others have a thirst
for those million dollar views
and the land’s
worth more than beer could hope to pay

Shane has now decided
he’ll stay for one more shout
but the time is later than he thinks
slowly the clock works its way towards the hour
suddenly they’re calling last drinks


from Drifter, released April 1, 2007

Ian Bland - Vocals, Guitar & Keyboard
Mark Stanley - Drums
Alan Brooker - Bass & Percussion
Greg Hunt - Mandolin
Peter Anderson - Appalachian Dulcimer
Dan Warner - Backing Vocals
Michael Barclay - Backing Vocals


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Ian Bland - Melbourne based singer songwriter - musical influences include country, celtic, and folk with stories drawn from rural and urban Australia

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