Kaz Mitchell

Kaz Mitchell

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
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Kaz Mitchell is an award winning songwriter, who came first place in the Great American Song Contest in 2003. Her songs are witty, passionate, and clever.

Biography

Kaz was born in Scotland, but now lives in Melbourne. She's been writing for many years, and has picked up several accolades along the way including winning first prize in the pop category of the Great American Song Contest in 2003. Her debut cd "The Dinner Party" was recorded with some fine Melbourne session musicians and the result is a funky, jazzy, soulful pop affair.

Lyrics

Careless Hands

Written By: Kaz Mitchell

Fooled by these fires
that scorch my earth again.
Longing to dive into cool waters
long and deep.
My hands have been burning for you
in the warm darkness
when I can't find sleep.

You're walking all over me again
I'm all worn out and threadbare.
Like a cheap imitation in a perfect world
You throw me out of your

Chorus
Careless Hands
Careless Hands
Careless Hands

I know you think I'm hard
like the ground beneath your feet
but you're wearing me down
do you want to replace me
with cold concrete.

You're walking all over me again
I'm all worn out and thread bare.
Like a cheap imitation in a perfect world
you throw me out of your

Chorus

I wanted to get close to you,
close enough to hide,
but now that I'm invisible
my heart is open wide.
You let me look inside of you
so deep I almost cried
but now that I feel nothing
I think I must have died

in your

Careless hands.

My World Is Alright

Written By: Kaz Mitchell

The triggers that we pull are just a part of life
that lead us into danger that we half adore.
In our reckless ways, holding ourselves to ransom
hoping that someone else will come along and
take control

Chorus
Every hurtful word is only ever spoken
when the good things start to fall apart
and the magic spell is broken.
I'm not sure what I'm being told
I just want to keep good hold
of a world that's alright
My world is alright

Every time we learn to love each other in different ways
still we remain as strangers that pretended.
You're talking me into things I know I can't control
but I keep holding on as if my life depended on it.

Chorus

One Set Of Wings

Written By: Kaz Mitchell

The string of pearls around my throat
A diamond ring upon my finger
An antique broach pinned to my coat
The face in the mirror became a stranger

Rain beats on the rooftops
As I lwait here in the dark
I listen to the raindrops
Useless as a match without a spark

Chorus
I don't want those precious things
Those ugly precious things
Pearls or your diamonds
Just one set of wings

I stepped into your pleasure boat
Didn't hear the words "let's rearrange her"
I should have looked for the Carling float
I didn't smell the air for danger

Rain against the windows
Gathering in pools
I gaze at my reflection
Shiver as the fire within me cools

Chorus

The string of pearls around my throat
I'll trade them for an old raincoat
Go dancing in the rain
Dancing in the rain
Until my feet are off the ground
Until I'm flying high above the clouds

Chorus

Heart To Go On

Written By: Kaz Mitchell


I took the pieces of my heart to be mended
The Doctor took pity on my, oh how she pretended.
Everything would turn out fine
I had to give it space and time
She was sorry to say
She couldn’t help me any other way

I found a builder and I asked him to mend it
He looked at me in surprise, and said “please don’t be offended.
I’m really no expert here
But don’t you need to let go fear”
He gave me his card
Said I shouldn’t take things so hard

Chorus
Hold on, Hold on
Hold on when the troubles come
Hold on
Hold on, hold on
Takes a bold look at where you’re from,
To learn the beat of your own drum
That’s how you’ll find the heart to go on

I took the pieces of my heart to be buried
I thought that I had died that day but no one else seemed to be worried
As I held it in my hand
I began to understand
That although the beat was gone
It was me that had the heart to go on

Chorus

I’m drummin’ up the heart to go on
Drummin’ up the heart to go on
Heart to go on
Heart to go on
Heart to go on
Go on

Loves Promises

Written By: Kaz Mitchell

Invisible to most
A figure weaving shelter to shelter
Hopelessly lead to pursuing a quest
Memories and ghosts
Her final attester
To love once promised.

Her voices are harsh
They tell her things just to unsettle her
She prizes the quiet
When the trash and the thrum
Are reduced to a hum
Then she can remember
A love once promised

Chorus

Hearts should keep their shape
And not be broken
No one’s hope should ever die
Love once spoken
Should not be taken back
Not be taken back
Loves promises are all we really have

A photo exists
Proof that someone once held her
Yellowed and frayed
Weathered and kissed
Memories in mist
No honest scorekeeper
For love once promised

Chorus

Two Story House

Written By: Kaz MItchell

The carpet has faded
Where the sun has shone in
A reminder that time is a thief
Stealing the colour from all that it touches
Leaving me here in my grief

The haunting sound of your voice in the hall
An echo of something past
The drop of a bill through the letter box
Brings me back to my senses at last
Back to this

Chorus
Two story house
Leaving this
Two story house
Soon I’ll be leaving
Soon I’ll be leaving
This two story house

The carpet was finer
Than anything you’d seen
A reminder that magic is real
Blazing with colour
Like fireworks in winter
The spin of a roulette wheel

The soothing sound of your voice in my hear
Whispering “I love you”
The sound of the door bell ringing out
Brings me back to my sad lonely view
Of this

Chorus

The one with me with you
The one with me without you
The one with me with you
The one with me without you

I’ll be leaving
(Two story house)
I’ll be leaving
(Two story house)

The Real World

Written By: Kaz Mitchell

She did him in her dreams last night
And it was such a satisfaction
In the morning hearing his breath
She finally knows it’s time for action.
And as she passes him his coffee
Just the way he always likes
She arranges in her head
The little details the final strikes
For everything comes and everything goes

Chorus
Back in the real world
The real world
The real world
Back in the real world
The real world
Nobody knows quite what she plans
Just what she plans

And as she passes away her days
In books of mystery and murders
Her thoughts are turning to the deed
And it’s no wonder that she shudders.
For everything comes and everthing goes.

Chorus

She only wanted to be free
Whatever it takes these days to be free
Whatever it takes
Already it makes perfect sense

She killed him in her dreams last night
She killed him in her dreams last night

Ghost Train

Written By: Kaz Mitchell

The fairground came to my town
Tempting me to fun
With Candy floss and big wheel rides
Under the summer sun
But My deepest fascination
Was for something underground
There was a big train coming
I could hear it's whistle blowin'
Goin' to take me down

Chorus
Ghost train
Had to get on that ghost train
Ghost train
Had to get on that ghost train
If you hear it comin' round the bend
This is what I'd recommend
Don't you get on that old ghost train

Those bones were only made of plastic
But they scared me just the same
Swinging over my head in this dusty old ghost train
The cobwebs get on my skin
I scream in half delight
That big train was rollin'
I could hear it's whistle blowin'
Goin' to take me down

Chorus

Bridge
It took me to the dark side
Where I thought I'd lose my soul
I feared that I'd be gone for good
Or never come back whole
This journey that I'm on
It may not bring me peace of mind
but if I look into the darkness one more time
I'll be blind
When I finally look into the light

Chorus

Same Mistake Again

Written By: Kaz Mitchell


As dark and secret as a silhouette
Creeping under covers from the shadow of threat
My deepest, my shameful, my only regret
Hiding from the early strains of dawn
With precious little moments when I dream you’re not gone
Don’t shake me, don’t wake me too quickly I’m not ready yet

Chorus:
So many ways to get things wrong
So many ways to break
So many ways to fill this empty ache
Have I gone and made the same mistake again

As pressed and troubled as a losing streak
Begging for forgiveness, all humble and meek
You once had the courage to save this relationship wreck
Leaky and tired your sails have lost hope
No more braving one more storm in this fragile teacup
Hear the rattling of spoons and sugar cubes crashing the decks
Chorus
Curled up in this half empty bed
Riding the waves of torture
Praying you’ll forgive this one decline
Holding off this mighty dread
That the magic just won’t conjure
The last of your forgiveness one more time

Hold The River Still

Written By: Kaz Mitchell

Hold The River Still

Love once caught me unawares
Just like a winter’s chill
I held my breath and prayed the lord
Would hold the river still
It filled my heart with a pounding beat,
A rhythm for a reel
But my two left feet like wet concrete,
Made me turn hard on my heels

Chorus
Hold the river still, hold the river still
I want to jump in to the depths of love
Please hold the river still

There’s a star out on this velvet night
Glistening like a gem
Like the sparkle of hope held to my heart
I might have the chance again
If there’s a grand design as bold as the heavens
Waiting for me to be brave
Courage don’t leave me at sixes and sevens,
And I’ll face a great rolling wave

Chorus
Hold the river still, hold the river still
I want to jump in to the depths of love
Please hold the river still

Love once caught me unawares
Just like a winter’s chill
I held my breath and prayed the lord
Would hold the river still

Chorus

Hold the river still, hold the river still
I want to jump in to the depths of love
Please hold the river still
Hold the river still, hold the river still
I want to jump in to the depths of love
Please hold the river still

Oh Jeannie

Written By: Kaz Mitchell

Oh Jeannie

Watching you from across the yard
The sunlight resting on your shoulders
Strangers there you politely regard
Like the way you attend to your flowers
Gentle and kind
Serene and refined
Carefree enough in your way,

Chorus
Oh Jeannie, you don’t remember my face
Oh Jeannie, am I so hard to place
There must be a part of me
Inside your heart
Oh Jeannie

Trailing their toys like tails on a cat
Kids rumbling around like the seashore
A puzzled look on your brow I’d wink at
If I knew that wouldn’t trouble you more
Older and worn
Confused and forlorn
Safer to stay in your head

Chorus
Oh Jeannie, you don’t remember my face
Oh Jeannie, am I so hard to place
There must be a part of me
Inside your heart
Oh Jeannie

Bridge
The strangers are your children grown
The kids are their kids, oh how time has flown
And me I’m just the husband
Who’s afraid of being alone
Without you

Chorus
Oh Jeannie, you don’t remember my face
Oh Jeannie, am I so hard to place
There must be a part of me
Inside your heart
Oh Jeannie

Mary and Martin

Written By: Kaz Mitchell

Mary and Martin

Giggling like teenagers in the back row
Listen and you’ll hear them
The rustle of popcorn, in the cinema glow
An old tale on the screen set in Bethlehem
Heston he looked a fine figure of a man
Martin, he needn’t feel jealous
Mary has only ever had eyes for one

Chorus
Mary and Martin
There still holding hands
Fifty years married
And still making plans
Mary and Martin rewritin’ their vows
Ready to face the rest of their lives
Together, together, together
That’s Mary and Martin

There’s no better bellwether than these two friends
Watch and you will learn some
Get in a little closer, zoom in like a lens
You can feel the buzz of their love as it hums
Martin, he may not feel quite so spry
Mary, well she doesn’t notice
Love knows the way, love knows and that is why

Chorus
Mary and Martin
There still holding hands
Fifty years married
And still making plans
Mary and Martin rewritin’ their vows
Ready to face the rest of their lives
Together, together, together
That’s Mary and Martin

The smile on my face
As I truly embrace
The thought of you and I
Just like

Mary and Martin
There still holding hands
Fifty years married
And still making plans
Mary and Martin rewritin’ their vows
Ready to face the rest of their lives
Together, together, together
That’s Mary and Martin

Discography

LP "The Dinner Party"