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1981-2006 All songs by Luke Hurley except "Gravity" by Dave Robb/Luke Hurley, "Nobody Knows"by Ros, and "Police State" by Ted Clark/Luke Hurley

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released May 1, 2008

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John Nixon, Barry McConnachie, Mike Pierce, Marcus Wilson, Steve Garden, Jan Bille, James Wilkinson, Wes Bell, Phil Yule and Chris Chetland

Design by James Allen
Cover Photo by Chris James
Compiled by Don Anderson / Nigel Braddock

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luke hurley Auckland, New Zealand

Luke is a guitarist and singer / songwriter. Born in Kenya, grew up in Zanzibar till age 12 then moved with family to NZ. He achieved a degree of early success on student radio with the song "Mona Lisa" in the early 1980s at University of Otago in Dunedin. Since then he has recorded more then 6 albums of original songs. Most recently 2 songs were featured on the film Insatiable Moon. ... more

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Track Name: Duvalier
You took the money from my people
You took the bell from the steeple
You took my only hope away
Jean Claude Duvalier

And if greed were a virtue
I know that nothing would hurt you
If corruption were quaint
You’d be some kind of living saint

Duvalier Duvalier
you took the money and you ran away
Duvalier Duvalier
you took the money and you ran

Who was that beautiful lady
The one by your side
The one O so well dressed
The one you had to hide

Who was that beautiful lady
The queen of every shopping spree
Live a life of luxury back in gay Paree

Duvalier Duvalier
you took the money and you ran away
Duvalier Duvalier
You took it back to France

Now that suffering has come to you
And you’re scraping for a franc or two
When you know just what to do
I guess you’ll turn around

You took the money from my people
You took the bell from the steeple
You took my only hope away
Jean Claude Duvalier

Jean Claude Duvalier
Jean Claude Duvalier
Track Name: Mona Lisa
I’m in love with the Mona Lisa
Through plate glass they let me see her
Winning smile millions feed her
I’m in love with the Mona Lisa

Take your plastic money your color T.V.
Sell it with your house if you want to go see
A Leonardo Da Vinci
Well that’s good enough for me

Sold my house sold my car
I even sold my Martin guitar
Sold my house sold my car
I even sold my Stratocaster
I was going to get to see a Leonardo Da Vinci
It’s good enough for me if it’s good enough for you

Cruising high in a 747
Cruising high feeling like I’m in 7th Heaven
Air Hostess pours a G & T I’m feeling right friendly
But you’re not (the) Madonna

Got to Paris took a taxi to the Louvre
Feeling jet lag (but just like Madonna I’m in the groove)
And there’s Japanese Cantonese Lebanese
Vietnamese Taiwanese Siagonese Ceylonese
Turning into Sri Lankese Kiwis & god damn Yankees
They’re not singing my song they’re singing Paul Simon . . . They’re singing

I got a Nikon camera
Gotta take a photograph
Momma don’t take my Kodachrome away . . . cause

When I got to see that picture
cut those social financial strictures
When I got to see her
She was just a . . . Like that national TV Commercial
With a crack in the plate glass
But she’s got no arse . . .

. . . I’m in love with the Mona Lisa
I’m in love with a Leo Nardo Da’Vinci
I’m in love with a British Airways Hostess
Who’s nice to me
I’m in love with Madonna
In the groove
Jet lagged dirty yeah
See you later
Track Name: Shadow of the factory
“I worked for years in your factory
You say there’s no more work for me
For what its worth I’d work for free
For what its worth in your plastic money
You phase me out
You phase me out

I live in fear
Cold as ice
Just as clear
That you only be so strong
While the power is on
When that big fuse blows

Gonna have to go
Digital watch don’t tick or tock
This is the age of the civilised robot
Profit for the big think man
Do you fit that big think plan?”

When the big fuse blows
Gonna have to go
Gonna have to go

“Pretty soon you gonna say
I can work while you play
Hey Louie be my caddie today
36 holes and I clearly see
36 holes in the shadow
Of the factory”
Track Name: The Sound
It started with a sound
Look you here this solid
ground
We’re living in deep space
And the centre’s any place
And nowhere to be found
It all started
Started with a sound
With a sound
With a sound
With a sound

It started with a sound
Look you here this solid
ground
We’re living in the skin
Ye there’s a fire deep within
There’s an ozone hole
There’s the human soul
And we’re living in
The fragile skin
And we don’t know what
And we don’t know when
And we don’t know where
But it started with a sound
Track Name: Two Degrees
MacDonnell Douglas DC 10-30
ZKNZP
1979
Low flying
Low flying
and all the crew and
all the passengers
kind of lost their lives
0049
Greenwich meantime
Two degrees is not far wrong now
two degrees out and she'll be right
two degrees out is not far wrong now
two degrees out and the country's sinking
so they had an investigation
orchestrated a "litany of lies"
and they blamed it on the captain
with the perfect record, why?
when we know he didn't change the flight path
he wasn't told of the deviation
programmed into the computer
they didn't pass on the information
two degrees out is not far wrong now
two degrees out and she'll be right
two degrees out
is not far wrong now
two degrees out
give or take away
all their lives
big mountain
in the flight path
only high ground
continent of ice
if it was just one in a million
why did they have to cover up with lies
and on the day that they buried the captain
that they blamed fro the polar crash
somebody broke into his office
maybe stole a few vital facts
two degrees out is not far wrong now
two degrees out and she'll be right
two degrees out if not far wrong now
two degrees out
two degrees out
there's corruption in high places
government airlines
system abuse
who will guard the guardians
when they own the legal process too
two degrees out is not far wrong now
two degrees out and the country's changed
two degrees out what a huge disaster
two degrees out
who's naming names
MacDonnell Douglas Dc 10-30
ZKNZP
1979
low flying
lest we forget
low flying
Track Name: Pascals Song
The heart has a reason
Reason doesn't know
and if you've got a reason
for telling me that's so
then I got a reason
to know that it is true
the heart has a reason
the reason it is you
man is just a reed
he's very weak indeed
but he's a thinking reed
he's a thinking reed
and his heart has a reason
that reason doesn't know
and I got a reason
for believing that's so
Track Name: Gravity
Well I had a dream last night
There was no gravity
I had a dream last night
Nothing holding me down
No gravity
Holding me
No gravity
Holding me
I went to see my analyst
To try to figure the facts
She said you get no free advise
Life's like that
With no gravity
holding me
gravity
Holding me
I had a dream last night
There was no gravity
I had a dream last night
Nothing holding me
Nothing holding us
Live your life on trust
No gravity holding you
No gravity holding us
Track Name: Civilised Animals
Upmarket hotel
standing in the hall
for civilised animals
going up the wall
with business conferences
to settle nothing at all
but the carpet is thick and soft
for the vacation crawl
I'd like to stand around in here
dim the lights
I'd like to make it clear
we don't have the right
to take this land
god given land
to take this land
with an iron hand
upmarket hotel
plastic home
for civilised animals
that hunt on the phone
me I've been so broke I
no longer care
all I know is that its
cold in there
they take this land
god given land
they take this land
with an iron hand