November '72

by Michael Meeking

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    MICHAEL MEEKING

    NOVEMBER ’72


    The engine roars to life. You put a cassette in the tape player and press play. Who knows where you’ll end up? The road is wide open. You’re heading to the great unknown.

    Welcome to November ’72, the new album for acclaimed Melbourne singer-songwriter Michael Meeking (“the rock swagger of The Faces, only more refined and performed better” – Americana UK).

    As the title suggests, the album harks back to rock’s glory days. “I don’t really need all these material things gettin’ in my way,” Michael declares in Take ’Em Out. The record was written on a Chet Atkins reissue Gretsch electric guitar. It’s the soundtrack to simpler times, when records were real, and you scanned the liner notes to find out who was responsible.

    Speaking of which, November ’72 was produced by Roger Bergodaz (Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas, Tex Perkins, Suzannah Espie), who also adds his drumming talents; Steve Hesketh (The Drones, Jet, You Am I) provides the piano and keys (“his outro on the last track is a personal highlight,” Michael notes); and The Glorious North’s Patrick Devery and Darren Vlah contribute some sublime backing vocals.

    “We had great fun just rocking out like teenagers,” Michael smiles.

    The result is a classic road trip record, where the road is long, and you’ll need a good companion for the ride.

    It’s an album about choices: “Where you going to go?” Michael asks. “What do you really need?” You know the road won’t be smooth; there are dark clouds ahead; “the darkness can overwhelm”, and you can end up far from anywhere. But it’s a journey you know you must take.

    The highway is alive tonight.

    “Not only a gifted songwriter and performer, the hard-working Michael Meeking is one of the genuinely decent people floating around in this thing called the music industry” – Neil Rogers, Triple R

    Great Unknown/ Nicolena/ Take ’Em Out/ Where You Going To Go/ Little Lie/ Dark Clouds/ Take A Walk/ Blood Brother/ Far From Anywhere/ Lonesome (Good Times Will Come Again)


    [insert release date and launch details]


    7 things that happened in November 1972, which may – or may not – have influenced the album

    US President Richard Nixon is re-elected in a landslide.

    Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten dies, aged 29. Danny wrote I Don’t Want To Talk About It, which was later made famous by Rod Stewart. And his addiction inspired Neil Young’s The Needle And The Damage Done.

    HBO launches as the first cable TV channel.

    The BBC bans the Paul McCartney and Wings song Hi, Hi, Hi because of its drug references (“We’re gonna get hi, hi, hi”) and its sexually suggestive lyrics (including mention of Paul’s “sweet banana”).

    The Aunty Jack Show premieres on ABC TV.

    Carly Simon marries James Taylor.

    UK daredevil Stephen Ladd rides his motorbike through 50 yards of fire. He then convinces the organisers to allow him to do it again as the flames get fiercer. His bike stalls, and he’s killed.

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1.
GREAT UNKNOWN I was, Standing on the side lines Watching all them players flying high Under the burning lights While I just fell behind And when I tried But I was just too shy So then I made up my mind to runaway and hide but somehow you saw me through the shadowy night Now we’re burning down the road You and I alone Heading to a great unknown Well I feel it my bones It something more hope Heading to a great unknown Now my eyes, They were closed so tight Well I could never really read the signs Nothing ever seemed to work out right Like I was always in a losing fight And I tried To keep on the inside All the ties that bind I didn’t want anyone to find But you cut them like a knife Now we’re burning down the road You and I alone Heading to a great unknown I feel it it’s my bones It’s something more than hope Heading to a great unknown Now tonight I’m starting on a new life And it wont pass my Going to take the wheel and drive Together we’re going to ride
2.
Nicolena 04:07
Nicolena Words and music by Michael Meeking (Verse 1) Well if you see her, Nicolena Wont you tell her That I really need her To come home I really need her to come home Well I’m out on the corner Just searching for her Staring to wonder Is this what she wanted Well I don’t know Honey please come home I put an add in the paper Hoping for information But I’m getting frustrated Just sitting here waiting by the phone Cause someone’s got to know (Chorus) So Nicolena won’t you please come home So Nicolena won’t you please come home (Verse 2) The house seems so empty Now she’s not there with me Cause I’d never believe that she could have left me Here alone Honey please come home And I go to the places where she know all the faces and everyone says they haven’t seen her in ages Where did she go? Well I just don’t know (Chorus) Well there must be a real good reason Why she’s not here with me Was there something and I didn’t see it And it made her want to Leave If I said something Well I didn’t mean it Know that I am sorry Come back honey and will work it out We can better you’ll see Oh Please (Verse 3) I keep hoping that at any moment They be a knocking And she’ll come strolling through door Just like it was before (Chorus) So Nicolena won’t you please come home So Nicolena won’t you please come home
3.
Take 'Em Out 04:09
Take 'Em Out Words and music by Michael Meeking Verse 1 I don’t really need All these material things Getting in my way Cause they don’t let me breathe And I just can’t see What really makes me happy They just keep me bound They just bring me down And they just leave me empty Chorus Take 'em out Drag ‘em down And push them all away Verse 2 Well I don’t really need all these pretty things getting in my face Cause I don’t really want all the things I’ve got if they don’t make me happy Chorus Take 'em out Drag ‘em down And push them all away x2 Bridge coming down on me like I just can’t breathe coming down on me like I just can’t breathe falling down, down on me Chorus
4.
Where you going to go Words and music by Michael Meeking Verse1 Where you going to go When all your bridges are blown And you got no way back home Where you going to go When the curtains come down on your show And those pretty lights have lost their glow And you can’t make it on your own Where you going to go? (Chorus) Will you run with the river down to the sea? Try to find some meaning as you stare into the deep Look at your reflection tell me what see Is there something missing Something that you really need What do you really need? (Verse2) What you going to do When you’ve lost all that you knew And your debts are finally due What you going to do When those crazy days are through And you’re staring at the truth When it’s there in front of you What you going do baby do baby do? (Chorus) Will you run with the river down to the sea? Try to find some meaning as you stare into the deep Look at your reflection tell me what see Is there something missing Something that you really need What do you really need?
5.
Little Lie 02:49
Little Lie Words and music Michael Meeking Verse 1 Oh my little lie I thought you'd gone away Oh my little lie Your coming round again Oh my little lie The trust you devastate Oh my little lie What love you lay to waist Chorus Oh my, how I lied Cause I was too afraid That the truth might, make her take flight And leave me here, with my shame Verse 2 Oh my little lie Such cherished faith you break Oh why did I not find The courage to be brave I my how I tried To save us both from pain Oh why did I deny When I was lead astray Chorus Oh my little lie The Words I wish I didn't say Oh my how I tried To cover up my guilt and shame Verse 3 Now she has seen the light The truth, always finds a way Now I’m, wishing I Could go back to yesterday Now I see in her eyes Filled with such distain She’s was my sunshine And Her love I’ve betrayed Oh my little lie I thought you'd gone away Oh my little lie Your coming round again Oh my little lie The trust you devastate Oh my little lie What love you lay to waist
6.
Dark Clouds 04:05
Dark Clouds Words by Michael Meeking Music byMichael Meeking and Roger Bergodaz (Verse1) When those dark clouds are coming down And there looks like there is no escape When those dark clouds are coming down Sometimes all you can do is just wait When only sadness seems to abound And you try to, endure the pain When that dark clouds is coming down There’s an aching that’s so hard to tame Chorus This is the night before the dawn And in this the time a new hope can be born We got to try and make it through the storm It will pass by if we can just hold on Verse2 Winds of despair wont cease to howl The light has gone away You know it will come back around Day by day this season will change And the darkness can overwhelm Make you feel like you’ve nothing but shame Even though you may doubt yourself The sun will rise again Chorus Verse 3 So when those dark clouds are coming down Just know that they will not remain And You can see it out Sometimes all you can do is just wait Chorus
7.
Take A Walk 04:00
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9.
Far From Anywhere Words and music by Michael Meeking When the days are hard And the times are tough And you need someone That you can trust When its all to much And you’ve had enough Just call my name For that healing touch When you feel your drifting that’s when I’ll bring you back again And you think you’re sinking, you know going do the same Chorus And I’ll be your anchor yeah When you’re feeling far from anywhere And I’ll be your anchor yeah When you’re feeling far from anywhere When the skies are dark And they cloud your heart And all you want Is to feel some love When the day is done And your hope is gone Just call my name And I will come When you feel your drifting that’s when I’ll bring you back again And you think you’re sinking, you know going do the same Chorus And I’ll be your anchor yeah When you’re feeling far from anywhere And I’ll be your anchor yeah When you’re feeling far from anywhere
10.
Son you should know it You’re going get lonesome Travelling that road that you on Weather your rolling Or broken down nowhere Sometimes that feeling will come When those dark notions Start taking over It can be hard to feel strong When your wheels are in motion And you Got to keep going Some times you just need to hold on Chorus When you feel Lonesome when you feel sad try to just think of the things you still have It’s hard to move forward if you only look back Got to remember good times will come again Verse2 Sometimes you’ll be breaking hard turns you’’ be taken And you won’t know which way to go when your hearts aching And you feel forsaken don’t forgot you’ve known It might be so frustrating When you’re just there waiting For there to be But just have some patience For it to stop raining Soon a new days gonna dawn Chorus When you get Lonesome when you feel sad Got to just think of the things you still have It’s hard to move forward if you’re just looking back Got to remember good times will come again

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MICHAEL MEEKING

NOVEMBER ’72


The engine roars to life. You put a cassette in the tape player and press play. Who knows where you’ll end up? The road is wide open. You’re heading to the great unknown.

Welcome to November ’72, the new album for acclaimed Melbourne singer-songwriter Michael Meeking (“the rock swagger of The Faces, only more refined and performed better” – Americana UK).

As the title suggests, the album harks back to rock’s glory days. “I don’t really need all these material things gettin’ in my way,” Michael declares in Take ’Em Out. The record was written on a Chet Atkins reissue Gretsch electric guitar. It’s the soundtrack to simpler times, when records were real, and you scanned the liner notes to find out who was responsible.

Speaking of which, November ’72 was co-produced by Roger Bergodaz (Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas, Tex Perkins, Suzannah Espie), who also adds his drumming talents; Steve Hesketh (The Drones, Jet, You Am I) provides the piano and keys (“his outro on the last track is a personal highlight,” Michael notes); and The Glorious North’s Patrick Devery and Darren Vlah contribute some sublime backing vocals.

“We had great fun just rocking out like teenagers,” Michael smiles.

The result is a classic road trip record, where the road is long, and you’ll need a good companion for the ride.

It’s an album about choices: “Where you going to go?” Michael asks. “What do you really need?” You know the road won’t be smooth; there are dark clouds ahead; “the darkness can overwhelm”, and you can end up far from anywhere. But it’s a journey you know you must take.

The highway is alive tonight.

“Not only a gifted songwriter and performer, the hard-working Michael Meeking is one of the genuinely decent people floating around in this thing called the music industry” – Neil Rogers, Triple R

Great Unknown/ Nicolena/ Take ’Em Out/ Where You Going To Go/ Little Lie/ Dark Clouds/ Take A Walk/ Blood Brother/ Far From Anywhere/ Lonesome (Good Times Will Come Again)


[insert release date and launch details]


7 things that happened in November 1972, which may – or may not – have influenced the album

US President Richard Nixon is re-elected in a landslide.

Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten dies, aged 29. Danny wrote I Don’t Want To Talk About It, which was later made famous by Rod Stewart. And his addiction inspired Neil Young’s The Needle And The Damage Done.

HBO launches as the first cable TV channel.

The BBC bans the Paul McCartney and Wings song Hi, Hi, Hi because of its drug references (“We’re gonna get hi, hi, hi”) and its sexually suggestive lyrics (including mention of Paul’s “sweet banana”).

The Aunty Jack Show premieres on ABC TV.

Carly Simon marries James Taylor.

UK daredevil Stephen Ladd rides his motorbike through 50 yards of fire. He then convinces the organisers to allow him to do it again as the flames get fiercer. His bike stalls, and he’s killed.

credits

released July 1, 2019

All songs written and arranged by Michael Meeking.
Michael Meeking - Lead vocals, guitars, bass guitar and backing vocals.
Roger Bergodaz – All drums and bass guitar on tracks 1 and 8.
Steve Hesketh - Piano on tracks 2, 4, 8, 10.
Patrick Devery and Darren Vlah - Backing vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 8, 10.
Track 6 - Words by Michael Meeking and music by Michael Meeking and Roger Bergodaz.
All songs produced by Michael Meeking and Roger Bergodaz.
Album recorded by Michael Meeking at Emmaline Street and Roger Bergodaz at Union Street Studio.
Album mixed by Roger Bergodaz at Union Street Studio.
Album mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering.
All songs Copyright Michael Meeking 2019.
Album cover design by Blackwidow Graphic Design.
Cover photography by Jack Geraghty.
THANKYOU
Julie Bishop, Roger Bergodaz and Neil Rogers for their wonderful encouragement and support in making this album.
Dave Heard and Jeff Jenkins for their ongoing support.

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Track listing
1. Great Unknown (3:41)
2. Nicolena (4:07)
3. Take “Em Out (4:09)
4. Where You Going To Go (2:49)
5. Little Lie (2:49)
6. Dark Clouds (4:05)
7. Take A Walk (4:00)
8. Blood Brother (3:53)
9. Far from Anywhere (3;02)
10. Lonesome (Good Times Will Come Again) (4:06)

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Michael Meeking And The Lost Souls Melbourne, Australia

The acclaimed singer-songwriter spent six years in the UK sharing the stage with Tim Rogers, Mick Thomas and Nick Barker, and played support gigs for well known British artists
Now back with his band The Lost Souls , Michael last year wowed audiences at Tamworth and Whittlesea Country music festivals and was nominated for an Australian Songwriting Award with his catchy tunes, heartfelt lyrics.
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