Obladi Diablo

by Suzie Stapleton

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released 22 October 2012

Suzie Stapleton – vocals, guitar, piano
Craig Williamson - drums
Leif Van Den Dungen - bass

All songs written and produced by Suzie Stapleton, except for lyrics of Song of the Artesian Water which is an adaptation of a poem by Banjo Paterson

Gareth Skinner appears on cello on tracks 1, 2, & 5

Recorded & mixed by Jez Giddings at Hothouse
Additional recording (track 2 & 3) and engineering by Suzie Stapleton
Mastered by Tony “Jack The Bear” Mantz at Deluxe Mastering

Cover photo by Liz Reed
Artwork layout – Matthias Nolte

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Suzie Stapleton Melbourne, Australia

"A supremely delicate and precise feel for the moment...like hearing Cat Power at her very best.“ - The AU Review

"Suzie Stapleton doesn’t fuck around. Obladi Diablo’ has a Dirty Three and Nick Cave-like gritty Aussie folk quality to it; it breathes and broods and seethes and lives.” - Milk Bar Mag

“She sounds like the devil convincing you to sell your soul."
– Tone Deaf
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Track Name: My Cons Are Making a Cripple Out of Me
Headlights pass again and again
I’m going under
He’s not too sure if you are a friend
So he’s charging by the hour

Too trying to think about
The beds I’ve made that I’m lying in now

Circular reality

A certain stillness in motion
Hold my wet towel body down
I’m going under
Bones are grinding cold in this deadpan town

My souls are wearing thin
And troubled water is seeping in

But I’ll wave at you from my parade
In this circular reality
As I travel ‘round this singular state
My cons are making a cripple out of me

I’ll watch your smile
And your colours fade

But I’ll wave at you from my parade
Yes, I’ll wave at you from my parade
In this circular reality
As I travel ‘round this singular state
My cons are making a cripple out of me

I’ll watch your smile
And your colours fade
Track Name: Song of The Artesian Water
Now the stock have started dying, for the Lord has sent a drought
But we're sick of prayers and Providence - we're going to do without
With the derricks up above us and the solid earth below
We are waiting at the lever for the word to let her go
Sinking down, deeper down
Oh, we'll sink it deeper down
As the drill is plugging downward at a thousand feet of level
If the Lord won't send us water, oh, we'll get it from the devil
Yes, we'll get it from the devil deeper down

Now, our engine's built in Glasgow by a very canny Scot
And he’s marked it twenty horse-power, but he don’t know what is what
When Canadian Bill is firing with the sun-dried gidgee logs
She can equal thirty horses and a score or so of dogs
Sinking down, deeper down
Oh, we're going deeper down
If we fail to get the water, then it's ruin to the squatter
For the drought is on the station and the weather's growing hotter
But we're bound to get the water deeper down

But the shaft has started caving and the sinking's very slow
And the yellow rods are bending in the water down below
And the tubes are always jamming, and they can't be made to shift
‘Till we nearly burst the engine with a forty horse-power lift
Sinking down, deeper down
Oh, we're going deeper down
Though the shaft is always caving, and the tubes are always jamming
Yet we'll fight our way to water while the stubborn drill is ramming
While the stubborn drill is ramming deeper down

But there's no artesian water, though we've passed three thousand feet
And the contract price is rising, and the boss is nearly beat
But it must be down beneath us, and it's down we've got to go
Though she's bumping on the solid rock four thousand feet below
Sinking down, deeper down
Oh, we're going deeper down
And it's time they heard us knocking on the roof of Satan's dwellin'
But we'll get artesian water if we cave the roof of hell in
Oh we'll get artesian water deeper down
Yes, we’ll get artesian water deeper down

And a harsh wind is blowing
The temperature is vast
Nobody here is knowing
Of your good deeds from the past
You can scream into the darkness
You can dig your knuckles raw
But the Good Lord he can’t hear you
And old archfiend wants you more

And it’s down, deeper down
Oh, we’re going deeper down
And it's time they heard us knocking on the roof of Satan's dwellin'
Yeah, we'll get artesian water if we cave the roof of hell in
Sinking down, deeper down
Oh, we're going deeper down
As the drill is plugging downward at a thousand feet of level
If the Lord won't send us water, ah, we will get it from the devil
Yes, we'll get it from the devil deeper down
Yes, we'll get it from the devil deeper down
Track Name: Bring Back The Night
Did you know
Did you know you’d find me here?
Were you looking, babe
Or is it you you’re trying to leave?

Concrete arch hangs low
The news lays crumpled at our feet
Dirty needles tear
But skin so bare is barely worth defeat

Bring back the night
Starry eyed
Before the curse
Of age and time
A flat foot race
A tortured sun
Bring back the night
Our shadows one
Track Name: Hit
Take me down to the water’s edge
Take me down with a look
Take me down where the air is like wine
The dive is divine
Drag me down

I’m hanging on the line

I get hit
I get hit
I get hit
I get hit

Drown me out with a whisper
Drown me out with a wave of your hand
Drown me out where the beggars bathe
A watery grave
Down and out

I’m hanging on the line

I get hit
I get hit
I get hit
I get hit

I take the bait every time
Track Name: The Last Note
The last note echoed through the room
The band packed up for the night
The crowd dispersed humming their tune
I drained my glass, grabbed my bag
And I walked across the room

A page in history went down
And then it turned
And that’s alright
The word it echoed around town
But that’s alright
There are other places I can go to hide

I never thought you’d still be here anyway
So see you ‘round
But if you want to stay
Yeah, that’s alright

I hear the factory’s closing down
They’re moving on
Progress won
As models fade and rivers dry
I’ll drive through the night
Or find another way to leave it all behind

I never thought you’d still be here anyway
So see you ‘round
But if you want to stay
Yeah, that’s alright

And I know you got more seeds to sew
And that’s alright
Yeah, that’s alright
Mysteries need room to grow
Maybe I’ll crack the code
In another place, in another time

Like a well worn book
You gave me that look
And I had to turn away

I never thought you’d still be here
But if you want to stay
That’s alright
Yeah, that’s alright