Tunes from the External Hard Drive

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released June 8, 2013

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Tolka Melbourne, Australia

Emerging out of the lively traditional music scene of Melbourne, Tolka encapsulates a sense of what it means to be playing traditional music in a contemporary context. While acknowledging the roots of Irish music, original compositions and innovative arrangements are central to Tolka’s repertoire.

Tolka are in the process of releasing their debut album 'Tunes from the External Hard Drive' (2013)
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Track Name: The Bright Side of the Moon
Walking down this lonesome highway
The road is long and the nights are cold
The dream remains, which now is fading
Signs of ageing- so I'm told

I've seen the lights go down on Broadway
People lost in an endless wheel
I've heard the cries of a newborn baby
Her mother's tears on our TV screens

Chorus:

And we wonder where we're going
And we can't get there too soon
Never think about tomorrow
On the bright side of the moon

Through the dark we'll go on searching
For that bright eternal wheel
While we take what we can plunder
In the name of liberty

So is our conscience weighed, and often?
A drop of rain in an endless sea
Think about what wise men told us
We've only got one chance, you see

Chorus

If we lose what we take for granted
If we build for the sake of stone
Burn the land in the name of progress
Will it end where we call home?

So if you're on this lonesome highway
The road is long and the nights are cold
Hold a dream for those who hope for

A better day than the one before.

Chorus (x2)

On the bright side of the moon…
Track Name: Mendips
Thomas came from the West Country
and married his Anne when they were twenty
Soon the family grew by one
with the birth of their first son

Life in Somerset was hard at that time
and there was little work for a man of his kind
He heard talk of a free passage to a distant land
where work was easier to find

Chorus:

He said goodbye to the Mendips
and sailed to a foreign land
in search for a better future
for his son and sweetheart Anne
He said goodbye to the Mendips
and sailed to a foreign land
in search for a better future
for his son and sweetheart Anne

They left from Plymouth on the ‘Lady Peel’
spent ninety-nine days on the high sea
It was February 1848
when they first saw their new country

He worked for some time in Melbourne
to pay for his passage at sea
He ventured north to the gold country
with his wife and family

Chorus

With another child on the way
it was time to settle down
He selected land at Middle Creek
where stayed and called it his home

Chorus
Track Name: Let them Fly
How can you speak when you don't understand?
How can you change what is altered?
How can you help when you won't reprimand?
And how can you save what has faltered?

Chorus:

The beast’s on the wing let them fly
The world’s in a spin let them fly
And we can watch as they fall
And try not to notice at all

How can you share what you've already spent?
How can you care for the harmless?
How can you take when you have no consent?
We will never be charmed by the charmless

Chorus

How can you talk of the great and the good?
When all that we hear is deceiving?
How can we find what you never could?
Oh don't let us stop you from leaving

Chorus

How can you talk of damnation and fire,
When all that we hear is misleading?
We all know you speak with the tongue of a liar
You will never be what we believe in

Chorus (x2)

And we can watch as they fall
And try not to notice at all

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