Eastern Shores EP

by James Parry

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released July 12, 2008

Recorded and Mixed by Stewart Long at Red Planet Studios
Produced by James Parry & Stewart Long
Mastered by Ross Cockle at Sing Sing

Original Artwork: Emma Battaglene
Digital Artwork: Sean Fennessy

James Parry - Vocals, Upright Piano, Keyboards, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Electric Bass, Tambourine and Shaker; Henry Nichols - Drums on Tracks 1 & 3; Stewart Long - Drums on Tracks 2 & 5; Tom Black - Upright Bass on Tracks 2 & 3; Jamie Pregnell - Electric Guitar on Track 1; Anneliese de Groot - Viola on Tracks 1, 2 & 5; Leah Carins - Backing Vocals on Tracks 1, 2, 4 & 5; Clare Hyland - Backing Vocals on Tracks 1, 2 & 5; Jordan Marson - Backing Vocals on Tracks 1, 2 & 5; Levon Kara - Backing Vocals on Tracks 1, 2 & 5; Crystall Campbell - Backing Vocals on Track 1; Eleanor Raine - Backing Vocals on Track 4

Thank you my extended family, friends, fans and everyone who helped make this EP possible. I'd also particularly (but in no particular order) like to thank: Emma Battaglene, Jordan Marson, Joshua Parry, Allison Parry, Stephen Parry, Matthew Sertori, Jennifer Cossins, Stewart Long, Clare Hyland, Thomas Hyland, Michael Parker, Hamish Houston, Leah Carins, Ruth McQueeney, Chris Pickering, Mel Harder & Sean Fennessy for the extra time, energy and support that they have given me.

Dedicated to the memories of Jeremy David White and Anne Vincent


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James Parry Melbourne, Australia

James Parry lives in Melbourne, Australia and writes independent pop songs.

Originally from Tasmania, James has performed at premier Tasmanian festivals including Falls, Taste of Tasmania, Party in the Paddock and Cygnet Folk Festival and supported such quality Australian acts as Alex Lloyd and The Gin Club. ... more

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Track Name: The Biggest Hurdle
It’s a difficult life
And the harder I try
To ignore my stubborn mind
It’s of so little help
From every corner it seems
Little voices that scream

There’s a breath of a chance
And there’s hope of romance
If I just keep on trying
But it’s all in my mind
The Biggest Hurdle to Climb
Is simply to resign

And give up on it now
It’s not there
Just forget what you’ve done
It might hurt
But it could be worse

I’m like a ball on a string
I throw myself out again
Only to be hurled back in
To the palm of a ghost
That I invented myself
And imposed upon her words

Head down as my eyes
Bounce from centre to sides
Searching for the line
A single magic divide
Between the months that I’ve tried
And where I should finally cease

And give up on it now
It’s not there
Just forget what you’ve done
It might hurt
But it could be worse

When you’ve tried so hard
When you’ve built so much
When you’ve tried so hard
Just give up
I built it up with my hands
The most ambitious of plans
But it fails and falls again
Track Name: Filling the Hole
He is the reason, if any, I cut you some slack
Such a weighty straw
Dropped from high and with force on our backs
You rarely demanded such a high standard of man
And still I just don’t know
If you are a God to look up to
When so many cried with their adieu:
“He was the one our lord worked through”
You took all the credit he gave you
So you were the one that I blamed

If only a culprit, if only a person to find
Guilty of some crime
A target for all our vindictive minds
But nature has trumped us like currents that drag us beneath
The surface of some stream
When air as the answer escapes us
We point fingers in unknown directions
Like limbs that will flail out so desperate
In water where struggle is useless
Proving we’ve learnt not a thing
From the man whose good praises we sing

The past is containers of sand with our hands we sift through
Between our fingers spill
Grains from handfuls of moments he gave
We try so hard to hold all of them but some manage still to escape
In a windy dusty swirl
That dances on streets so empty and wide
Like the void that was left in our own lives
Sunlit but empty on the inside
With the shadows of thousands who’ll still try
To shovel in tons of that stuff
But in the back of their minds
They know that there’ll never be enough
To fill it up
Track Name: Ton of Nothing
Sleeping on the floor
Woken by the call
It could have been a mistake
After all, we’re so far away
From home and the morning

His voice shakes in the glow
On his faced pressed to the phone
I swear the midnight traffic sighs
On the street, through the window, outside
I’m unable to cry
Wondering if his heart was like mine
Rapid in rhythm and

Time just as he died
Oh lord, where was I?
London town, in a bed
Fingers locked at the back of my head

As I wait for time
To bring a feeling that just won’t arrive

Sleeping on the plane
As workers in my brain
Shun the truth, an embrace
That could burn up and cripple my faith

As I search for this
Discipline, like fathers to their sons
Please force my eyes
To stare into this mess; this loss of life

First Signs that you’re gone
Come like symptoms from colds take too long
‘Cause at first you never know
When something is wrong
The guards inside me
Still refuse to allow me to see
So it hits me like a ton
Of nothing I feel

With all my powers,
All my strength; it’s just no match for this
Safety Switch
It makes no sense for I have wept for so much less

I was stuck in the traffic in Rome
Feeling helpless and longing for home
But they told me I couldn’t go
I was emotional
I was 21 but like a child
I got mad and I cried
So why can’t I feel like that now