Travelogue

by Slim Dime

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Their second album – ‘Travelogue’ was recorded by Matt Walker & Rowan Matthews at their Stovepipe Studios, Produced by Matt Walker & mastered at Deluxe Mastering by Adam Dempsey. A collection of 13 songs played live, collected by an awesome collection of vintage microphones. The songs are new, original but sound as though they’ve always existed, somewhere on a mountaintop……

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released April 26, 2016

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Slim Dime Melbourne, Australia

Slim Dime are an acoustic folk duo. Their music is contemporary & urban, but woven through with the simplicity and space of old time mountain music. Listen close: you can hear fog soaked valleys, mountain ash forests & the grit of gravel road.
Using minimal arrangements - acoustic guitar, tenor guitar, banjo & vocals, they make a sound that is all bare bones & emotional complexity.
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Track Name: Bony Flowers
Bony Flowers - Our Aviatrix

Bony Flowers
flies a gypsy moth
her dusty wings have eyes
Bony Flowers is tall and lean
ancient, old and wise

Bony Flowers snaps her gum
blows clouds that pop on her chin
she keeps loose change and feathers
pockets full of air to keep them in

Bony Flowers and her gypsy moth
their bones have welded
their skin is patched ragged
their hearts nearly melded

Leaves snail tracks, plane trail
silver thread unwounding
over patch worked ground verdant green
velvet, button and pearl

Bony Flowers is a gypsy moth
dusty wings clear eyes
one thousand feet and rising
that’s the way, this story flies
Track Name: I'm Satisfied
I’m Satisfied

I’m Satisfied, tickled too
old enough to marry you
I’m Satisfied, it’s gonna bring you back

First in the country, then in the town
I’m a total shaker from my naval on down
I’m Satisfied, it’s gonna bring you back

There was a time that she treated me fine
Send all them shivers up and down my spine
I’m Satisfied, it’s gonna bring you back

I pull my dress down to my knees
give my total all to whom ever I please
I’m Satisfied, it’s gonna bring you back

Bless my Soul what’s wrong with me?
I’m a shakin’ like a leaf on a fuzzy tree
I’m Satisfied, it’s gonna bring you back

I’m Satisfied, tickled too
old enough to marry you
I’m Satisfied, it’s gonna bring you back
Track Name: Mary Jane
Mary Jane

Oh Mary Jane
Tell me your game
What’s in a name
you’re still the same
I’ve nothin’ left to gain
My Mary Jane

Oh Mary Jane
leaving is the aim
escape without pain
slowly going sane
I’ve nothin’ left to say
My Mary Jane

Oh Mary Jane
I can hear the rain
on my window pane
running down my brain
time to break the chain
My Mary Jane

Oh Mary Jane
you can never be tamed
moving with the grain
unknown despite your fame
lost inside the frame
My Mary Jane

Oh Mary Jane
I’m so glad that you came
I was a little lame
in a lot of pain
now I’ve gone and changed
My Mary Jane

Oh Mary Jane
Farewell is the aim
leaving in the rain
solitude’s OK
thank you once again
My Mary Jane
Track Name: In the Shadow of the Mountainside
In the shadow of the mountainside

In the shadow of the
mountainside
cold as the grave
too late to save my
soul


Surely it must be
endtimes
whiskey in my veins
nicotine stains
on my fingers on my nails
and on my
eyes


Silence in the cold blue
morning light
alone in the pale
locked in the jail
of my
mind

Bottomless well
deep in my soul
cup that never fills
bruise on the hills
iron in my chest
and in my arm

In the shadow of the
mountainside
cold as the grave
too late to save my
soul
Track Name: Estelle
Estelle (and the burning houses)

The house was old
And falling down
Cockroaches crawled up out of the ground
She answered the ad
We needed her rent
It was my fault the money was spent

She was so thin
Ugly as sin
I know you shouldn’t judge - it’s only skin
She was using & I didn’t know
My flatmate did & asked her to go

Her last three houses burned right down
Up in flames burned to the ground
All she had left, all that she owned
Were four blurred photos & a stained t-shirt

I could’ve been sorry
I should’ve been sad
I was so young I didn’t care
She moved on
Went away
No-one was sorry that she didn’t stay

If I knew then
what I know now
You can’t go backwards anyhow
People come & People go
Some you don’t really get to know
Track Name: I see you now
I see you now

I’ve been watching you now
for the longest time
wondering who you are and
what goes on in your mind
I see you now
Haven’t slept well at night
in the longest time
wondering where you are now
and if you’re alright
If I could see you now


If I could see you right now
I’d apologise
I wasn’t thinking clearly when
I spoke my mind
If I could see you now
If you were here right now and
I could see your eyes
Then I’d know if you were smiling
or if you were crying
If I could see you now

I must have met you in a
thousand lives
you’re so familiar I feel
I know your eyes
I see you now
I’ve been watching you now
for the longest time
wondering who you are and
what goes on in your mind
I see you now
Track Name: One Room
One Room

And the night comes rollin’ in
creepin’ up the valley walls
the chill creeps in my bones
as the darkness quietly falls

Do I see a blade
that yr holdin’ in yr fist?
Do I hear those words
from the lips that I have kissed?
And the wind begins to blow
howlin’ in the trees
yr not smilin’ now
as yr down there on yr knees

Darlin’ when I found you
like an angel from above
you & me we fit each other
tighter than a glove
And the flowers start to bloom
on the mountainside
the days are getting’ longer
and yr right there by my side

The promises we made
were golden in the light
sugar candy melting in the
sweetness of our height
And the nights are hot & close
the days are long & bright
I can’t see my edges anymore
in the night

When we went out dancin’
you held me oh so tight
but yr eyes they were roamin’
to the left & to the right
And the leaves begin to fall
all golden, red & bright
everything is falling apart
in my mind

You say that you love me
that I’m the only one
last time you were lyin’
so I gots me a gun
And the rain begins to fall
on the roof above my head
crimson tide is risin’
up the walls of my shed

The silence spreads in waves
unbroken in the night
the moon she rises slowly
up the dark blue mountainside
Track Name: The Code Of The Mountains
The Code Of Mountains

There’s a code of the mountains, way down in the backwoods
There’s a code of the mountains, and an unwritten law
There Harry and Joe Brown, way down in the backwoods
There Harry and Joe Brown, shot Charlie McGraw

They caught him at daybreak, way down in the backwoods
They caught him at daybreak, down on his knees
He pleaded for mercy, way down in the backwoods
He pleaded for mercy, but they heard not their pleas

Said Harry to Charlie, way down in the backwoods
Said Harry to Charlie, you thought you were sly
But the code of the mountains, way down in the backwoods
The code of the mountains, says you must die

He loaded his rifle, way in the backwoods
He loaded his rifle, Joe loaded up too
One shot and another, way down in the backwoods
One shot and another, and then it was through

They buried poor Charlie, way down in the backwoods
They buried poor Charlie, without any prayer
The code of the mountains, way down in the backwoods
The code of the mountains, is the only law there

Deep in the earth now, down in the backwoods
Deep in the earth now, lies Charlie McGraw
For the code of the mountains, way down in the backwoods
The code of the mountains is the unwritten law
Track Name: The Leaving Song
The Leaving Song

Sally’s packing up the bar and callin’ out, “last drinks”,
washing all the dregs of beer and ciggies down the sink.
It’s the tail end of a long night, the kind that just won’t end.
The same old crowd of punters driving her right round the bend.

Sam’s still sitting at the bar, been sitting there all week.
His Mrs upped and left him after 13 angry years.
He shoulda seen it coming: he couldn’t be surprised.
Still he can’t forget the wounded look deep in her eyes

It’s something we all know
without having to be told
when it’s time to go
you’d better go

Em and John have been together now for 20 years,
stuck it out together through the heartbreak, laughs and tears.
Now she can’t remember, who it was she loved,
that happy young man that she married - vanished into dust.
They talk in different languages, lead their separate lives,
quiet daggers stabbed in backs using just their eyes.

It’s something we all know
without having to be told
when it’s time to go
you’d better go

Judy’s gonna stick it out, doesn’t wanna quit.
She’s gonna keep on hanging on to get her little bit.
She knows she’s bloody earned it, it’s her bloody due,
and if she doesn’t get it, well, maybe she’ll sue!

It’s something we all know
without having to be told
when it’s time to go
you’d better go
Track Name: Lil' Darlin'
Lil' Darlin'

You have been by my side
for so long Lil’ Darlin’
You’re there in the morn and in the night
You have been by my side
for so long Lil’ Darlin’
My one, Lil’ Darlin’ my light

I will be with you
‘til the end Lil’ Darlin’
There in the dark and in the light
I will be with you
‘til the end Lil’ Darlin’
My one, Lil’ Darlin’ my light

I have walked by your side
so long Lil’ Darlin’
I can feel your hand in mine
You have been so long
by my side Lil’ Darlin’
My one, Lil’ Darlin’ my light

You are there when I close
my eyes Lil’ Darlin’
You’re there inside my heart
I have been so long
by your side Lil’ Darlin’
My one, Lil’ Darlin’ my light
Track Name: Comin' Home
Coming Home

Oh don’t you roam
Oh don’t you go
Oh don’t you roam
So doggonne far from home

Oh don’t you cry
Oh don’t you sigh
Oh don’t you cry
Until I’m dead and gone

Oh don’t you know
Oh where to go?
Oh don’t you know
This long and lonely road

Darlin don’t you cry
You’re the apple of my eye
Darlin don’t you cry
Until I’m dead and gone

Oh you must know
This hard and heavy load
Oh you must know
this long and dusty road

Oh all alone
Please help me find my home
Nowhere left to go
Lord, please let me go

Oh Lonesome Road
So lost and alone
Oh Lonesome Road
Lord, please bring him home

Oh Lonesome Road
So far from home
Oh Lonesome Road
Lord, I’m coming home
Track Name: Lay Down My Ole Guitar
Lay Down My Ole Guitar


I am travelin’ down that road
leaving off my heavy load
havin’ journeyed long & hard
through near & far
I am not far now my dear
If you listen you will hear
as I lay
down my ole guitar

I will lay
down my ole guitar
and we’ll sing that ole song
one more time
come on round you
good ole friends
and we’ll sing ‘till the end
and then I’ll lay
down my ole guitar

I am weary let me rest
waitin’ for that final test
nothin’ left for me to do
for me to say
Can you hear our ole time band
Lord we travelled this wide land
can’t you hear the music
as it plays

I will lay
down my ole guitar
and we’ll sing that ole song
one more time
come on round you
good ole friends
and we’ll sing ‘till the end
and then I’ll lay
down my ole guitar

I have done the best I can
I would do it all again
I have tried with all my heart
to keep the beat
I’d rather be your shot of whiskey
than be everyone’s cup of tea
you can pour me on now
I’ll take it neat

I will lay
down my ole guitar
and we’ll sing that ole song
one more time
come on round you
good ole friends
and we’ll sing ‘till the end
and then I’ll lay
down my ole guitar