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Slacker of the Year

by Jim Lawrie

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    Melbourne’s finest purveyor of heartbroken folk-rock returns with the shimmering title track from his new album Slacker of the Year, a gorgeous finger-picked and reverb-soaked ballad which entertains the idea that a bedroom-bound slacker could somehow be celebrated as hero to the masses. Pre-order available now.
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Melbourne’s finest purveyor of heartbroken folk-rock returns with the shimmering new album Slacker of the Year. Jim Lawrie’s sound is longing and effortless, music to feel to.

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released June 9, 2017

Written and produced by Jim Lawrie. Recorded, produced and mixed by Callum John Barter at Newmarket Studios. Additional engineering and production by Robert Muinos. Mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301, Sydney.

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Jim Lawrie Melbourne, Australia

Jim Lawrie is a songwriting gem – an artist transitioning from his previous incarnation as a folk singer-songwriter into a purveyor of soaring alt-country rock 'n' roll. On record and live, his performances are gorgeous and Jim's trademark vocal purity is a highlight; melodic, harmonious, warm and human. ... more

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Track Name: Feels Like it Happened in a Dream
you’re like a mirror ball 
the light shifts and it’s almost blinding 
took a spin on the killing floor 
lost my feet but it’s all coming back again 
and then it all ends 
and it feels just like it happened in a dream 
nothing’s ever as it seems 
love within and life without 
outlines living everywhere 
sun up with your warm breath waiting 
so real, still here 
reach out but it’s always fading 
away into the day 
and it feels just like it happened in a dream 
nothing’s ever as it seems 
love within and life without 
if it’s real tear the stitches from the seems 
just to find out what it means to us 
to hold within a love we though would walk with us forever more
Track Name: Does Your City Sleep Like Mine
i’m not so bold that i could think that there’s a place you’d rather be 
that i could think that all these words would somehow reach 
from my house to yours 
i’m not so old that i won’t let the laws of gravity take hold 
no fear that i would rather kill than to indulge 
but if we let these arms reach 
would you lie awake like me? 
a feeling i can’t shake knowing what’s at stake 
does it just feel right this time? does your city sleep like mine? 
im not so tired that i’d go calling out your name into the dark 
that I can’t tell that this is how a fire starts 
but if we let these flames breathe 
would you lie awake like me? 
a feeling i can’t shake knowing what’s at stake 
does it just feel right this time? does your city sleep like mine? 
Track Name: Swimming in the Rain
there were days you knew me you didn’t think of me this way 
and i looked right through you never wished for that to change 
now we hear each other like the crashing of a wave 
as we echo gently through the bloodshot summer haze 
killing time til i see you 
never thought that i’d hold you in this way 
but i’d wait to be young this summer to have days that never end 
float around each other you could bring me back again  
to my own undoing just like we’re swimming in the rain  
and we could drown together that’s comfort just the same 
killing time til i see you 
never thought that i’d hold you in this way 
but i’d wait for you 
you’re on my mind 
to be young this summer 
crash around me like a wave 
we could drown forever 
in the bloodshot summer haze 
Track Name: Ties That Bind
no old song could hold its own knowing you’re truly gone but i’ll sing along 
and all their words don’t mean a thing mumma says i’m growing thin time to move on 
hindsight is such a bitter friend but i felt the change coming on the wind 
and if it fills your sails too may it take you far as you want it to 
but if i called your name would you hear mine too ringing true as one 
and the ties that bind they just need some time to fall away and come undone 
all these streets just lead my mind back to better times and telltale signs 
i guess we knew this song would come lying deep within time to begin to move on 
but if i sang your name would you hear mine too ringing true as one 
and the ties that bind they just need some time to fall away and come undone 
Track Name: Lost on Earth
all this time this old compass seems to only lie 
stumble blind into salvation with its arms out wide 
i bit the hands that left me asking why with my limbs all tied 
but i’m still here wanting 
to find somewhere we could run to that we could get lost on earth 
find someone worth believing that i could get lost in her 
filled with doubt this busted heart still has a bit of spark 
throw me out into the wreckage of another night 
with all the others dressed to fuck or fight  
but i’ll find a light that could lead me onward to 
to find somewhere we could run to that we could get lost on earth 
find someone worth believing that I could get lost in her 
for what it’s worth i’ve run to the reaches of logic and reason  
forgot what they taught of the promise of love  
took chances on leaving a dream not worth dreaming if i cant dream of her  
but we, we could get lost on earth 
Track Name: New Frontier
found your moment of clarity never quite found the words for me 
shot your flare into the sky and watched it burn out in the night 
laying out what your mother gave take the mistakes that your father made 
whatever fits you for just one day 
just for a moment can we pretend everything’s like when we first met 
standing on the edge of a new frontier 
when you could break me with your love but not with fear 
headlights bending through the window shades 
i know you weren’t sleeping anyway 
can feel you crawling with restlessness 
i remember a better time when we didn’t count all the cracks we’d find 
and our hearts knew best 
love is a fugitive with the world in tow 
you could chase it down or let it go 
it’s a wonder anyone could get so near 
Track Name: Slacker of the Year
copy paste another hectic day i woke up late and i’m still so tired 
all of my responsibilities turn into casualties ‘til i get high 
i could sleep for days don’t leave your flowers where i lay 
i’m not coming down from here i could be the slacker of the year 
i’m not coming down from here 
i had dreams of going out today find a brand new place to leave my mark on  
into a world of possibility a sad celebrity i could go far  
i could earn their praise taking prizes from the mad parade 
i can hear the people cheer calling me the slacker of the year 
i’m not coming down from here i‘m not coming down 
in a world of such atrocity and animosity there stands a hero  
up against the wrongs that he can see in everything  
with the world below pointing to the sky  
i hear the children as i fly so high i can hear them loud and clear 
calling for the slacker of the year 
i’m not coming down from here 
Track Name: Still Miss You
like a child awake in bed count the seconds i hold my breath 
i could wait right here forever like a letter never sent 
in the silence that you won’t break the comfort you won’t shake 
would you raise your eyes to meet me and show me that you’re ok 
but it goes on i still miss you now you’re home traded faith for the unknown 
like a lamb upon the stone make me bleed or let me go 
i can find my own way to be gone 
don’t just stand there by the gate wiping tears as i drive away 
there’s no distance that i could get to that i wont see that face 
now i’m gone i still miss you now you’re home traded faith for the unknown 
like a lamb upon the stone make me bleed or let me go 
i can find my own way to be gone 
forever gone  
Track Name: Dressed For Rain
feels like we’re running different scores 
you’re always hungry and i’m never wanting more 
but i got food for thought that’s what laughter’s for 
you know i’d always be your clown if you’d just let me hang around  
to smile through the pain but all you ever do is dress for rain  
all that you do is dress for rain 
and we’ll get sent to different shores  
you’ll take your chance to correspond another war  
but i got news for you you don’t have to shoot  
my flag is failing in the wind nobody has to lose just so you can win  
time and again why’d you always have to dress for rain? 
all that you do is dress for rain 
and all this talk of different worlds  
astronomy ain’t easy for a complicated girl  
but i could be your moon circle right round you  
so take a trip up here someday the sun will shine in exactly the same way  
and I’ll shine the same and you wont ever have to dress for rain  
but all that you do is dress for rain 
Track Name: Sleep On
i shift to find the world you sleep in 
and i pray the light won’t pull you from your dreaming  
but even as i hold you now in my arms 
i can feel us drift apart 
it’s quiet enough for me to hear you breathing 
drowning out the movement on the street 
and every time i feel you twitch next to me 
i can feel you waking from your sleep 
for so long we hid together from the things to come 
for so long pressed to each other like the only ones 
so go on holding on forever to what’s gone 
let love sleep on 
i could hold on to a moment for a lifetime 
keeping you from opening your eyes 
but even as your body falls into mine 
i can feel it waking to a lie 
for so long we hid together from the things to come 
for so long pressed to each other like the only ones 
so go on holding on forever to what’s gone 
let love sleep on 
 

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