Two Free Hands

by Anthonie Tonnon

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released October 27, 2017

On This Record: Daniel Blackball Alexander - Artwork / Anna Coddington - Backing Vocals / Stuart Harwood - Percussion, Electron Octatrack, Thom Healey - Mastering on Track 1 / Jonathan Pearce - Production, Engineering, Bass, Mastering on 2-4 / Elizabeth Stokes - French Horn / Michael Upton - Production, Electronic instruments (2 and 4). Anthonie Tonnon - co production and all other instruments.

Thank you to all involved, and to and Emily Crowther and Karlya Smith


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Anthonie Tonnon is a songwriter and performer originally from Dunedin, New Zealand.


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Track Name: Two Free Hands
Ask her what she'd like to be
and she stares at her hands
ten million years passing by in my mind
the suspension in the arches of her feet
the development of her spine
that led her to stand
with two free hands
two free hands

and so many of these kids
they are like seals on the land
they feel the beauty of their movements in a sea
that won't let them breathe
and here she stands
with her free hands

with her two free hands

If I could be a biologist
not a careers counselor
I’d write the last wish of each species
as it left the earth
she doesn't want to do harm
she doesn't need anything grand
at the parent teacher evenings they never understand
they wanna know her plans
for her free hands

for her two free hands
Track Name: The Estuary (with Jet Jaguar)
Hey I was keeping watch down stream last night
the river moving so very slowly
mud and gasoline
when I saw the signal
we agreed you'd do

if you needed to
if you needed to

all this time trying to
hold our places
in the water bending against the stream
we are young
but we don't get to live out our scenes

I feel it flood inside my head
when I know I am not welcome
when we dove off the bridge
we knew where the water was deepest

Hey I was keeping watch
downstream last night
the moon was rising toward the estuary
like a flood light on me
Track Name: Railway Lines (electronic version)
They're electrifying the train lines
putting public art on the bridges
and it's just the sort of thing you've been writing in for

John just giggles on his saucer
he's visiting from Australia
he's come home for a cup of tea and to borrow your car

you say Son watch your speed on the main street
they should have kept in the crossings
they've turned walkers into targets out there

still it seems better now
out doing the rounds for the shopping
small grocers are appearing again
selling flowers outside

and you're attracting smiles from the cafe
you check your hair in the window glass
and like John says
you really do look better now you're all the way grey

always hoped to be a wise old man
when you ran for council
they called you a frustrated librarian

and you saw what they could do
with their money from developers
their people at the papers
they turned your own family against you

still you didn't hold it against the kids
when they begged to move away
because you were born before the motorway system
and you would wait for a new day as long as it would take

and maybe it's today
as you stare at the rain cleaned other side of the street
in new spring sunlight
maybe it's today

as the cars bank up at the railway lines
maybe it's today
as you step out with groceries on your shoulder
maybe it's today
as the children snigger at the new sculpture
and a car speeds around the corner
and you try to make eye contact with the driver in time
maybe it's today

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