Shade Tree Place

by John Coleman

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A writing collaboration between two Australian artists - songwriter John Coleman and poet Noel Davis. They met in Alice Springs in 2013 where many of the works were written. It explores themes of the Australian bush/desert, silence and the vulnerability and surprising fruits of meditation.

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released September 30, 2016

All songs written by John Coleman and Noel Davis, with the exception of Dig a Well of Stillness - Noel Davis and David Woods
Listen to the Birds - Mark Clemens
Nothing More, Nothing Less - John Coleman
MUSICIANS
Lead Vocals: John Coleman
Acoustic Guitars: John Coleman, Mark Clemens and Chris Coleman
Piano: Oliver Gathercole
Violin: Emily Wolfe
Electric Bass: Vin Howe
Drums: John Britcliffe
Percussion: Sam Forsyth
Backing Vocals: The Colemans (Susannah, Jonno, Chris and John)
ENGINEERED: Al Future
PRODUCED: Al Future and John Coleman
STUDIO: Algorithm and Scots Memorial UCA Hobart

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John Coleman Hobart, Australia

John Coleman is an Australian singer/songwriter in the acoustic folk tradition who has produced nine albums of original songs – and in September 2016 released his most recent – “Shade Tree Place”. Many of John’s songs have been inspired by the spirituality of the L’Arche and Quaker communities to which he belongs. He is currently writing and recording an album of Tasmanian story songs. ... more

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Track Name: Shade Tree Place
SHADE TREE PLACE (Davis/Coleman)

I need a place, a shade tree place
I need a place a new cool waterhole
I need a place, a shade tree place
A sanctuary for my very soul
I need a place where I can go

I need a place, a shade tree place
I need a place where the swallows swoop low
I need a place, a shade tree place
Today it seems such a long way,
Way down the road
I need a place where I can go

Something there, inside of me,
Is trying to wake me up
Something there, is shaking my shoulders to see
The rocks and the trees and the centipede

Land o land, you keep calling to me,
Come and sit with me a while
Land o land, you keep calling to me,
To rest in the grace with the lorikeet

I need a place, a shade tree place
I need a place a new cool waterhole
I need a place, a shade tree place
I need a place where the swallows swoop low
I need a place where I can go
I need a place where I can go
I need a place where I can go

from “A Sanctuary of Soul” – Noel Davis
The Heart Waking 2007 p17
Track Name: Dig a Well of Stillness
Dig a Well of Stillness (Davis/Woods)

Dig a well of stillness, into my being o love
Through my thoughts and feelings
Deepen and broaden within
Proddings, promptings, seeping in
Through its sides – fill my heart
Helping me, to let go – springs of living water

from “Dig a Well of Stillness” – Noel Davis
Campfire of the Heart 1994 p40
Track Name: Trust Me
Trust Me (Davis/Coleman)

Trust me - launch into the deep
Into bliss – into blessing
Trust me – launch into the deep
Into confusion – into comedy
Trust me – launch into the deep
Into sadness – and your absurdity
Oh trust me

Trust me - launch into the deep
Into your ecstasy – your humanity
Trust me – launch into the deep
Into your wholeness – and your fragility
Trust me – launch into the deep
Into the diamond – into your crucible
Trust me – launch into the deep
Into your glory – and your tranquility
Oh trust me

Trust me - launch into the deep
Into your new life - thanksgiving
Trust me – launch into the deep
Into the maelstrom – the holy orchestra
Oh trust me
Trust me - launch into the deep
Into your bliss – into your blessing
Trust me - launch into the deep
Into your bliss – into your blessing

from “Embrace Life – All of Life” – Noel Davis
Together at the Edge 2011 p15
Track Name: Silence Bares Me
Silence Bares Me (Davis/Coleman)

Silence bares me to my soul
Her touch arouses me to being one with you
One with life’s Song of Songs
O soul of my being, beloved of my solitude
You are my sleeping, waking, rising
Dancing healing
You are my sleeping, waking, rising
Dancing healing
When you wake in me, my heart breaks into dance
O Life of every moment – o heart of my blooming
When you wake in me, my heart breaks into dance
O Life of every moment – o heart of my blooming

from “O Soul of my being Heart of my blooming” – Noel Davis
The Heart Waking 2007 p11
Track Name: Rainbow in a Smile
Rainbow In A Smile (Davis/Coleman)

The healing touch of a word
A volume in a syllable of silence
Life in a breath of stillness
A journey in a pause
A symphony in a single note
Poetry in a brush stroke
Joy in a moment of intimacy
And tears that just take us by surprise
Like a rainbow in a smile
A rainbow in a smile
Takes me by surprise

Holy beating drum
With songs that only you can strum
Blinding blooms of our poetry
Sprout without a single word
An ocean in a pot of tea
It took a long time to realize that for me
But now at the closing of play
Those little things are taking me away
Like a rainbow in a smile
A rainbow in a smile
A rainbow in a smile

from “Little things, living springs” – Noel Davis
Together at the Edge 2011 p155
Track Name: Listen to the Birds
Listen to the Birds (Clemens)

Listen to the birds – listen to the birds
They do not care for the troubles of my mad world
No they do not care – for the troubles
Listen to the birds – listen to the birds
They have no concern – for my yesterday or my tomorrows
I only wish I could sing like them

Listen to the birds – listen to the birds
Their songs ring out – in the evening light
Through the trees and across the night
Listen to the birds – listen to the birds
They do not care for the troubles of my mad world
No they do not care – for the troubles
For the troubles – for the troubles
Track Name: At Home with You
At Home With You (Davis/Coleman)

At home with you – I’m at home with you
In the laughter of kookaburra, listening to crow
In the solitude of eagle, the mighty ocean flow
In the voyage of night, I’m in the wake of the moon
I’m at home, with you
At home with you, I’m at home with you
In the glow of the morning, the palette of the tide
In the roll of the lowland, the mountain that divides
It’s in the spirit of wild, it’s in the scent of the gum
I’m at home with you

At home with you, I’m at home with you
In the taste of dry, the smell of rain
The run of wind, the grin of flame
The sweat of climb, the shady way
The ooze of swamp inside decay
It’s in the little pause I make
To listen awhile, to this land in my blood
Where I come from
At home with you – I’m at home with you
I’m at home with you – I’m at home with you

from “This Land in my Blood” – Noel Davis
From the Wilds of the Heart 2003 p13
Track Name: Nothing More, Nothing Less
NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS (Coleman)

The ancient prayer, points us today
To say “give us this day – our daily bread”
Nothing more – nothing less
Simplicity – simplicity
Nothing more – nothing less
Simplicity - simplicity

The ancient faith, points us today
To make a path, a peaceful way
Nothing more – nothing less
Walk in peace – walk in peace
Nothing more – nothing less
Walk in peace – walk in peace

The ancient way, points us today
To speak the truth, to live the truth
Nothing more – nothing less
Integrity – integrity
Nothing more – nothing less
Integrity - integrity

The ancient way, points us today
To build a house, of unity
Nothing more, nothing less
Community, community
Nothing more, nothing less
Community - community

The ancient flame, points us today
To see the Light, through every face
Nothing more, nothing less
Equality, equality
Nothing more, nothing less
Equality – equality
Equality - equality
Track Name: Come Christmas
Come Christmas (Davis/Coleman)

Come Christmas - in a barn
Come Christmas – in a shed
A basement a box - a cell heavy locks
A tunnel - a trench - razor wire
Heavy fire

Come Christmas – on a bench
Come Christmas – a hospital tent
Beneath the star – outside a bar
Behind a tree by the river
You are delivered

Come Christmas – across the sea
Come Christmas – where have you been?
O come little light – you swell up so bright
Lift up the hearts of the mothers
And every lover

Love irrepressible burst through the black
Kaleidoscopic flowers grow where burning bridges crack
Wonderful dawning – child of the morning
Our holy family has delivered
We’ve crossed the river

Love irrepressible - wellspring of light
Come now - illuminate this dark
Wonderful dawning – child of the morning
Our holy family has delivered
We’ve crossed the river
Come Christmas … come Christmas
Come Christmas … come Christmas

from “Love Irrepressible” – Noel Davis
From the Wilds of the Heart 2003 p81
Track Name: On You Go (Bush Beatitudes)
On You Go (Bush Beatitudes) (Davis/Coleman)

There are narrow roads of invitation
That lead us to the virgin lands of God
And we who dare, we can take them
And stumble and slide and slip though we may
Making new tracks through unknown
Learning the bush skills as we go
And the angels at our side say “On you go!”
On you go – on you go – on you go – on you go

This narrow track of invitation
Says travel light and be gentle as you go
And share the swag with this hungry country
And dig deep to forgive the ones who’ve hurt you most
And as you camp by the billabong
Let the campfire make you strong
And hear the angels at your side say “On you go!”
On you go – on you go – on you go – on you go

And as you camp by the billabong
Let the campfire make you strong
And hear the angels at your side say “On you go!”
On you go – on you go – on you go – on you go
On you go – on you go – on you go – on you go.
And hear the angels at your side say “On you go.”

from “Bush Beatitudes” – Noel Davis
Campfire of the Heart 1994 p82
Track Name: In the Silence
In The Silence (Davis/Coleman)

In the silence, we hear music
In the stillness we dance your prayer
And our prayer comes alive
As we lose ourselves in the dance

from “Our Prayer Comes Alive” – Noel Davis
Together at the Edge 2011 p14