Inland Sea

by Marcus Whale

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released June 10, 2016

Produced, written & arranged by Marcus Whale
Co-produced & mixed by Nigel Lee-Yang
Mastered by Darren Ziesing (Polybonk)
Instruments recorded by Matt McGuigan & Jacob Craig (Hospital Hill)
Vocals recorded by Yoni Hochmann

Art & Design by Michael Salerno

Vocals on “1888”: Rainbow Chan
Percussion & Drums: Bree Van Reyk
Trombone: Chris Retter, Chris Upton, Jackson Bankovic
Trumpet: Jonathan Baker
Violin: Madeleine Retter, Mabel Wong
Cello: Yubin Kim

Released by Good Manners
Distributed by Caroline Australia

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Track Name: Inland Sea
the inland sea
its long red sands
in the grace of god
will bury the white man

the inland sea
the cult of ruin
in the grace of god
will bury the white man

whose architecture
wrings out its ruined breath
whose industry
building like organs streamed
will be buried in this sea

will bury the white man
will bury the white man
will bury the white man
will bury the white man
will bury the white
Track Name: Is He That Man?
(eye on the court
thy enemy
i'm culpable
my love
i emulate
liberate
my captain
my company
cast me deep
bleed this heat)

I will beg him to attain me
to understand of what i am made
with the touch of him emancipate me
in that armour to be ever underground

bleed not that green pasture
bleed with one that seizes your green
bleed the instant to be constant
only this is ever underground

is he that man
with pure heart and strong hands
to defeat the state
the chains
and the colonists
Track Name: Vapour
over the sea
a mutineer in torpor
over the sea
whose bulging gaze is endless
over the sea
with milk from our loose teeth
over the sea
with bruised skin and storm breath

i took you up
to the peak where you could see
back to the sea
to where your bones were born there
escape inland
where i sweated you out
sweetly dissolve
like vapours into a sea

vapours in a sea

hard loved and loved hard
we'll be a curse for a ruined state
Track Name: Vulnerable
does it please the viscera
to see his vacant stare?
would he give his all then
to see one's breath go again?
i know to resist
to not lust
like we resist those
against us
but does he know that his body
comes between us?
that i worship
that is beloved

vulnerably, i will go down there
vulnerably, i will throw my body down
vulnerably, i will go under his strong hands
vulnerably, i will glow a last glow

what do we owe a man?
who could oppress the colonial man?
from whom is honour rejected?
for whom is tribute collected?

i know to be ruthless
to not come between us
i know to have hard flesh
to rise against rust
but does he know that his body
comes between us?
that i worship
that is beloved

vulnerably, i will go down there
vulnerably, i will throw my body down
vulnerably, i will go under his strong hands
vulnerably, i will glow a last glow
Track Name: Arcadia
not without a sound
not without a sound
not without a doubt

shepherds through mountains high
god flows inland evermore

he flows as england does
as he in us
so we will move inland
through rivers deep
through burned flesh

to till the earth
and bury them in it
to dress the other
in our arcadia

not without a doubt
not without a doubt

shepherds through mountains high
god flows inland
Track Name: 1888
i know my skin is a golden
that you can trade for currency
i know you fear my colour
to go beyond and into the blood

go beyond and
into the blood
Track Name: My Captain
bore through my skin
and change my face
change my name
magically and tantrically
bear me a newborn

his hands will take you upwards
your body will never fail
even as they come closer
my captain won't stand still

your hands will take you upwards
your body will never fail
even as they come closer
my captain won't stand still

won't stand still
to bear me up a newborn
new moon
it can't stand still
bear me up a newborn
new moon
Track Name: Milk
it's the smell of it
its inexorable pull
and i grow weaker
weaker with the lull
i have learned
that the stronger exist
by the eating of others
fetidly
i belong to them
to sustain the rhythm
of decay

the milk of them
my scourges of black lust
in the milk of them
buried in the breast

a slew of low chords
accompany my bloodlust
my dying opens in the fields
and claims a body count
live through this
take all of me now
to build a centre

the milk of them
my scourges of black lust
in the milk of them
buried in the breast
Track Name: A White Blanket
he pulled a white blanket
over her body
to hide her face
to be cleaned of her race
to forge a new slate

he pulled a white blanket
through the blood plains
to anoint the slate
the arcadian place
as a ghost white state

"don't let them cut me up"
said she
like a whiteness of me
"bury me behind the mountains"
said she
like criminal blood from me

but we buried her in it
in the white blanket

take the blanket
take the new slate
the arcadian place
of a ghost white state
and bury them in it
Track Name: Blood Moon
is this the end for time
to fill the moon with blood
colonial lines through every sign
has sulphur fled the boats
to let the sea flood?
so go inland
ever inland

leave the state
man within man
ever inland
ever inland
ever inland

sun goes dark
moon to blood
the lord to us comes
land dissolves
ever inland

did they see it
a ghost reach in
to take this power
and darkly give it out
to take what remains
in the cloud?

to take a light
to take the fire
to burn what remains
to lay the slate

escape inland
ever inland

sun goes dark
moon to blood
the lord to us comes
land dissolves
ever inland

take a light
take the fire
burn what remains
to lay slate
escape inland
ever inland

escape the state
man within man
go ever inland
ever inland
ever inland
ever inland

sun goes dark
moon to blood
the lord to us comes
land dissolves
ever inland
ever inland