The Jokes of Gottensbury

by Joe Byrnes

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"The Jokes of Gottensbury" is a tribute to a band of the same name that existed 2009-2011 in the bottom of beer cans and at shed and loungeroom parties. The Jokes (or even "JOG" if we were really lazy) were/are (who the hell knows) an Adelaide metal/rock band consisting of Jeremy Ashley, Josh Lamont and Joe Byrnes. While the songs were mostly complete(ish) and nearing a point where perhaps one day the guys would actually play a proper gig, the band were put on indefinite hiatus when Byrnes relocated to Sydney. There was the other problem of not having an official drummer - iDrummmer 3000 doesn't count.

The songs here are an acoustic re-working of the songs from that band, some following the original structure more than others, which have been re-crafted by Byrnes following the release of the "Prelude" (2014) and "Drawings"/"He Sells Shit-Bits By The C-Side" (2015) material. Byrnes, in an effort to purge/destroy all older works from his back catelog through acoustic "re-imaginings" (bashings/tinkering/explorations) has recorded the full JOG set as part of the historical time capsuling and at some point he will actually complete the new (actually new! but not anymore?) material he started writing 3 years ago.

This is Byrnes' 5th release as a solo artist and 2nd under his own name, bringing the released track count to around 50 in 2 years. Thought that wasn't too bad.

Although the material on this release is for the most part a rehash of older material from The Jokes of Gottensbury band (Ashley/Lamont/Byrnes), the songs are new to most - including Byrnes, who is actually still in the middle of writing and arranging them. Hence more tracks from this release to come.

J. Byrnes 2016

Parks Project Recordings
PPR005

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released December 24, 2016

Recorded and produced by Joe Byrnes 2016 at Rear Window, Summer Hill.

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Track Name: Kumnick Days
Stories told when we're older
To anyone who cares
Like returning the stolen
Bottle of 'who dares'
Reminiscing the distance
And those who were there

Stories are told as we grow
Remembering tales of the old
But in the end
Only the good times remain

Liquid-in trigger-finger
A barrelled beer for three
Power-armour the hero (Power Arm Hero)
The years that we were free

Back in the Kumnick days / back in a Kumnick daze
We were not too fazed
We live in a Kumnick daze
Kumnick Days

Stories are told as we grow
Remembering tales of the old
But in the end
Only the good times remain

Let the good times roll
Track Name: You're Not The Same
There's nowhere a pigeonhole for you
You wont feel without a bruise or two
You could put fear into their eyes

Finally
It's not about popularity
'Cos they're useless
You're not the same

Punctured lung could never take you down
You'll still have the biggest lungs around
Don't let the vultures have their way

Finally
It's not about popularity
'Cos they're useless
You're not the same

Then the media told you
They're the source of truth
Can I read your fortune
Tell me something about you
And show me who they follow now

Finally
It's not about popularity
'Cos they're useless
You're not the same
Finally
It's all about personality
And they're useless
You're not the same

You're not the same
We're not the same
Nothing's the same
Never again
Track Name: Pixieland
When will the 'Jokes' be played now that a punchline's gone away?
We're living in memories within the jokes and stories of Gottensbury

I don't know when I'm coming home again
Our stories told going on and on and then we're home

I'm playing the old set through and missing the shooting the breeze with you
Stuck in a "plex" again, take me back to a Pixieland and another can

We're free to roam but we'll dream of home again

I don't know when I'm coming home again
Our stories told going on and on and then we're home
I don't know when I'm coming home again
The traveled roads lead us on and on until we're home

We travel down these streets
Living our own dreams
Floating down these streams
Until we find our way home
Journey down these streets
Walk on our two feet
We live in our own streams
Track Name: Breakaway
When the first was falling in
No compromise was made
Bridges burning down
Breakaway
We thought we could have been
I thought we were a team
But I could not stay

(Hard) Please forgive me
(Fall) As I'm leaving
(We're standing down) When I'm standing down
You're falling down

The cracking starts to show
When the warnings are not known
'Cos we're all on our own page
We'd never thing the same
When it all comes back to me
Can't you see I had to leave
It's time to break away
To change

(Hard) Please forgive me
(Fall) As I'm leaving
(We're standing down) So now I'm standing down
We're falling down
(Hard) As it all comes down to this
(Fall) All the pain and suffering
(We're falling down) So I wont be falling down
I'll break away

These paths we take

You're hands in mine (Now you're falling down)
Break this time (We're all falling down)
The stand back in '9 (Now you're falling down)
We break this time (This is breaking down)
Track Name: Meridian
We live these lines but what for, but what for?
We're carried through time but what for, what for?

Time will come upon on us one day
You go yours and I'll go my way

We're coming 'round again
Around the mountain once again
Facing Meridian

Fate has brought us to this place
This world, this time, this space
We shall see

We carry on with these same songs
The lines we wrote, they still want more
They're still implored
Do they still applaud and hear these words?
Do we know?
This world, this space, this time

Fate has brought us to this place
This world, this time, this space
Life's too short, we're not alone so do things now
Before your time is gone
We shall see

Stories told of life behold, unto unfold, continued maze

Can we start again

We're coming 'round again
Around the mountain once again
Facing Meridian
This space, this time

Fate has brought us to this place
This world, this time, this space
Life's too short, we're not alone so do things now
Before you're time is gone
We shall see

And we're coming around again
Facing Meridian
We're not alone so do things now
Before your time is gone
We shall see