Before You Wandered In

by Tess McKenna

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Tess McKenna's fifth album is Before You Wandered In
Produced by Tess McKenna and Roger Bergodaz

A guide to Before You Wandered In…song by song

01: Thylacines…explores the recovery of hope and dreams
amidst the darkness and reality of extinction…an uplifting
psychedelic-folk-rock celebration.

02: The Holy Relic…starts out with the attitude of a donkey ride
through fifteenth century Spain and ends up sprawled over an
unmade bed in Venice, broke and on the verge of another panic attack.

03: Slow Rinse…grab a bean-bag and some noise cancelling headphones, lie back and enjoy the trip!

04: Proxima…a couple of stargazing netballers gravitate towards
each other at a party in the desert beneath the Milky Way.

05: Chanhassen…an intimate eulogy to Prince...a three-minute song
written to someone you’ve admired for more than three decades.

06: Cassette Player…a seemingly indestructible five-dollar cassette supplies the soundtrack to an anthemic comedy of errors which engulfs a support band stuck on tour with some recalcitrant headliners during an Australian heat wave.

07: The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll…
written by Bob Dylan...an understated one take groove reminiscent
of the Black and Blue album by The Rolling Stones.

08: More Or Less… the album’s closing statement contains the line
that gives the album its title…inventive and cinematic,
the coda leads us to a major shift and to the microscopically detailed remains of an unfamiliar, post-sex, bedroom floor: ‘books that were popular, jeans and binoculars, were lying on his floor’. (T.McKenna)

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released March 1, 2019

Album - Tess McKenna - Before You Wandered In (2019)
All songs written by Tess McKenna (*except)
*Copyright Track 07: The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
written by Bob Dylan. Published by Special Rider Music
Produced by Tess McKenna and Roger Bergodaz.
Recorded and mixed by Roger Bergodaz
at Union Street Studio, Brunswick West, Australia
Musicians:
(all tracks)
Ashley Davies drums,
Karen Rush bass/vocals,
Tess McKenna vocals/guitars
(tracks 1, 5 and 8)
Michael den Elzen guitars
Mastered by Amy Marie, Yes Master Studios, Nashville, Tennessee

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Tess McKenna Melbourne, Australia

Tess McKenna is an independent artist based in Melbourne, Australia.
Tess has performed her songs at festivals, concert halls and pubs across Australia and overseas, from the Byron Bay Blues Fest (NSW, AUS) to Austin’s SXSW (Texas, USA).
She has played guest supports for Lucinda Williams and Nick Cave
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Track Name: Thylacines
THYLACINES Words & Music by T. McKenna

Thylacines are never seen
Except in books and magazines
A pile of bones found in a den
Won’t ever bring them back again
Again. again

Remember how we used to meet
The hidden rock our sliding feet
Counting steps one through to ten
We swore we’d do it all again
Again. again

Badadah-bup-badup-bah
Badadah-bup-badup-bah
Badup-bah-bah
Ooh-ba-da-dah ba-da-dah
Ooh-bup-bup-badup-bup-bah

Thylacines are in my dreams
Beneath the trees that shade the streams
And Ancient Owls watch over them
‘Cause in my dreams they’re back again
Again. again

Ooh Badadah-bup-badup-bah-badop-bah
Ooh Badadah-bup-badup-bah-badop-bah

Ooh Badadah-bup-badup-bah-badup-bah
Ooh Badadah-bup-badup-bah-badup-bah
Ooh Badadah-bup-badup-bah-badup-bah
Ooh Badadah-bup-badup-bah-badup-bah
Ooh Badadah-bup-badup-bah-badup-bah
Oooooh

Written by TESS MCKENNA
Track Name: The Holy Relic
THE HOLY RELIC

Hello Sun. I’m glad we’ve come
I got it together now we’re a peaceful circle
I am tracing the shapes that you make on the wall
And there’s some noise in the street
They are using the words from a language
I do not speak

And everyone has come
Looking for the fun

Big black letters on a box with yellow tape
We are lost and we’re hungry and I’m broke
And I wanna see your fortress

So we take the Slow Train from Madrid
And study your land
And the Holy Relic they cut from your hand

And when everyone was done
They went looking for the fun
When they’d finished what they had begun
They went looking for the fun

Now I see you everywhere in buildings of stone
And ink on paper and walking ‘round in the Sun

Yes. here they come. here they come
To fill up the walkways of a city that is slowly sinking
And to slip into the muddy waters of a lagoon and end up face down in the sea
While we sway in the dark and I listen to Blue Monk and Ballad in Plain D

And when all is said and done we’re all looking for the fun
Even the Broken Ones are looking for the fun
Looking for the fun. keep on looking for the fun
Just remember how they always come
To stop us looking for the fun
We will do what we have always done
Sorta looking for the fun

Yes hello Sun. I’m glad we’ve come

Written by TESS MCKENNA
Track Name: Slow Rinse
SLOW RINSE

Better Slow Down
It’s Soo-ooh. it’s Super Sunday
And everybody’s got their own way
Done washing and cleaning
And drying and dealing

When’s he gonna give ‘em that bag?
He’s got another one down in his pants
Oh Better Slow. Slow Down

It’s Soo-ooh. it’s Super Sunday
But everybody’s got their own day
It might look like it’s a party
But it’s over once you’ve started

When’s he gonna give ‘em that bag?
He’s got another one down in his pants
Oh Better Slow. Slow Down
Better Slow Down

When you fill up with anticipation

Tapping on your phone shifting in your seat
Making an art form out of fare evasion
Jumping over gates running down the street
I feel bad I’ve been holding out on you
It could’ve been me-e-e-e-e.e.e.e

Better Slow Down
It’s Soo-ooh. it’s Super Sunday
And nobody’s working Monday
I look like your side-kick
Wear earphones and lipstick

When’s he gonna give ‘em that bag?
He’s got another one down in his pants
Oh Better Slow. Slow Down
When’s he gonna give ‘em that bag?
When’s he gonna give ‘em that bag?
Better Slow Down

Written by TESS MCKENNA
Track Name: Proxima
PROXIMA

Oh yes one day we’ll surely know
If trees and flowers grow

On the orbiting Seven Sisters

‘Cause we’ve imagined their existence
And it may be so

Did you see. did you see us there?
Dancing around in the cold desert air
Then we all went back to Janet’s
Talking Exoplanets

And drinking her Belgian Beer

Ooh Ooh Ooh
Ooh Ooh Ooh
Saw a Red Dwarf Star
Star-Star. Star. Star-Star

Star-Star
When we all went down to Hattah-Kulkyne
You told me a secret
That you liked me and you wanted to be
Be here with me

Oh yes I remember now you were here
You stood out above the atmosphere
When I’m near. you say I’m dangerous
Like Proxima Centaurus
A Red Dwarf Star

A Hah Hah
Ooh Ooh Ooh
Ooh Ooh Ooh. like a Red Dwarf Star
Ooh Ooh. like a Red Dwarf Star

Ooh Ooh. like a Red Dwarf Star. like a shining star
Ooh Ooh. a shining star. Ooh Ooh. like a shining star
Ooh Ooh. a shining star. Ooh Ooh. like a shining
Ooh Ooh. Ooh Ooh. Ooh Ooh. Ooh Ooh

Written by TESS MCKENNA
Track Name: Chanhassen
CHANHASSEN

When I heard your song
On the radio
It was three AM on a Friday morning
It was When Doves Cry
And then he said you’d died
In Chanhassen. in Minnesota
Who Who-ooh-ooh-ooh

It was flesh on flesh.
it was bone on bone
It was splits and slide. it was Manic Monday
And Positivity
And your guitar and voice
And no bass on Kiss and If I Was Your Girlfriend
Who Who-ooh-ooh-ooh

Well you blew our minds
And rhymed Sign with Times
And that was in nineteen eighty seven
And as we laid to rest
Your best Purple vest
I wrote you a song. just to wish you Heaven
Who Who-ooh-ooh-ooh
Ah Aaah Ah Ah Ah Aaaaah

Written by TESS MCKENNA
Track Name: Cassette Player
CASSETTE PLAYER

Oh all the trouble that you keep near
We’ll leave this town. we’ll leave it here
But it follows us down to the street
Back to the van. back to the heat

So put that tape back on
So I can hear that song
What’s it called? you know the one I played us yesterday
Just leave it on the dash is that ok
‘Cause I found it in
The Five Dollar Bin
Just press rewind and then play
And we’ll hear it as we drive away

Into the back seat into the night
And up the front another fist fight
You won’t tear them apart and just try to explain
When there’s no escape and he’s in the wrong lane

So put that tape back on
So I can hear that song
What’s it called? you know the one I played us yesterday
Just leave it on the dash is that ok
‘Cause I found it in
The Five Dollar Bin
Just press rewind and then play
And we’ll hear it as he swerves and saves the day

Oh all the trouble you bring. and the fear
We’ll leave this body we’ll leave it here
It’ll swallow us up. it’s too dark and deep
There’s all these broken cassettes at my feet

So put that tape back on
So I can hear that song
What’s it called? you know the one I played us yesterday
Don’t leave it on the dash ‘cause it’s been
Stuck inside here Man for days
A-and. and I found it in
The Five Dollar Bin

Just press rewind and then play

And we’ll hear it as we get away
And we’ll hear it as we get away
Hah Hah Haaah
ooh ooh ooh yeah eh hmm huuuhummm

Written by TESS MCKENNA
Track Name: The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
Track 07: The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll written by Bob Dylan Published by Special Rider Music
Track Name: More Or Less
MORE OR LESS

They bought a house in Dutson Downs
I packed my car and moved to town
Before it all got thrown away
It took each hill but then it died
And once we’d crossed the Great Divide
We left it there for salvaging

Ooh Ooh Hey Hey

On the day that it all came down
We all just lay there on the ground
Too scared and stoned to move
Then I found it in the bin
I didn’t know that I put it in
They turned the whole place upside down

Ooh Ooh Hey Hey
That’s more or less the way. Hey

I got a job in the Café
I lost the impetus to play with them
And started up another band
And when we heard that he had drowned
In the sea but he wasn’t found
We all waited on the news and then cried for him

Ooh Ooh Hey Hey
That’s more or less the way. Hey

She wrote a message on the door

And dropped the needle on the floor
And fell asleep on Table One
They looked for someone new to blame
And caught us kissing in the lane
Beside The Esplanade

Ooh Ooh Hey Hey
That’s more or less the way
That’s more or less the way it went for me

He poured the Mescal in
We drank it at the bar
Before you wandered in
We’d finished off two more
So I left the car in Johnston Street
Just like I’d done before
And we went to your friends place
Instead of fucking in the hall

Books that were popular
Jeans and binoculars
Were lying on his floor

Written by TESS MCKENNA

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