Oscar Lush

Oscar Lush

 Victoria, AUS
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

With a voice that commands in its deep tones - drawing comparisons to the late-great Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan alike - Oscar Lush is a young songwriter taking audiences everywhere by surprise. It's a powerful age-old voice and a talent for writing dark enigmatic songs that makes Lush "a revelation, who seems excitingly out of place" (TheMusic)

Biography

With a voice that commands in its deep tones - drawing comparisons to the late-great Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan alike - Oscar Lush is a young songwriter taking audiences everywhere by surprise. It's a powerful age-old voice and a talent for writing dark enigmatic songs that makes Lush "a revelation, who seems excitingly out of place" (TheMusic)

TECH SPECS AND STAGE PLAN: 

  • Electrical outlet for pedal power supply
  • 1 Vocal Microphone and stand
  • 1 Direct line for acoustic guitar (pickup already installed)
  • 1 Bass amp for bass player
  • 1 Drum kit (without snare and cymbals is fine)

Lyrics

I Dreamt Of My Brother Dying

Written By: Oscar Lush

It was a cold day in August when I got the call.
"Son, your brother's sick, I think it's time you came home."
So I packed my things and I headed for the coast.
Down to the ocean, back where I was born.

For blood is thicker than any water that I've seen.
But a river of my blood couldn't save a dying dream.
And if you have to leave to somewhere I cannot go
I'll be waiting by your grave, till I join you in the cold.

We were never the kind to give anything away
But I took you in my arms on that lonesome day.
And the young boys in our past, well those boys died on that day.
Now I'll watch myself grow older while you sleep and never change.

For blood is thicker than any water that I've seen.
But a river of my blood couldn't save a dying dream.
And if you have to leave to somewhere I cannot go
I'll be waiting by your grave, till I join you in the snow.

Oh brother, where art thou?
Call your name but hear no sound.
And these lives fill in then out,
Like a glass full of shadowed doubt.
People vanish then reappear.
And we'll lean in close just to hear
Dark waves crashing on blue shores.
And we want more but we need no more
You're just an angel without a god
And I'm just a poet without a word.
A voicless prophet, a life unhead.
And I never listen so I'll never learn.

For blood is thicker than any water that I've seen.
But a river of my blood couldn't save a dying dream.
And if you have to leave to somewhere I cannot go
I'll be waiting by your grave, till I join you in the cold.

I'll be waiting by your grave, till I join you in the cold.

On A Train Down By The Sea

Written By: Oscar Lush

It was sometime in January,
Just after Amsterdam.
She said "I'm coming down to see you"
It's been a long time, do you know who I am?

And I told her "Don't you bother,
It's a long way on your own."
And I ain't been the same
Ever since I got back home.

But she took that train
Far past the wild sea.
Where the mountains break like men
And are lost beneath the waves.
And I've taken that train
And it's a lonely ride.
Ain't no future out there,
Kids dyin' on the railway line.

And it wasn't till August
That she finally arrived.
And things would return soon,
Even though they'd just died.

And I knew that I loved her,
I'd known that for years.
She was just a dream I'd forgotten,
Livin' somewhere in my head.

And I spose for all that darkness
Well I found a little light.
And I spose when I'm alone
I think of her and I'm alright.
And all she did was love me,
But I guess that's all we need.
Just a little love
To keep the poison from our dreams.

There You Are, There You Go

Written By: Oscar Lush

What name do you go by now?
What God do you pray to when you're feeling down?
Which way to the sea? Which way is south?
Please tell me, please hurry, cause I'm going down.

And the tide pulls away, leaving nothing behind.
But the bluest day, but the darkest night.
Do not doubt my resolve, do not question my mind.
I may very well disappear, but I wouldn't leave you behind.

There you are, and there you go.
All up in arms, all down the road.
And I'll be here to open up my foolish arms.
There you are, there you were, and there you'll go.

Bullet in a Broken Gun

Written By: Oscar Lush

Well I've taken that train, I've ridden that line
Far too many times to count in my mind.
And I've passed those empty stations,
Now left out there in the cold.

And I've passed those places they couldn't afford
To hold up any more.
And I'll miss those early morning ghosts,
Who ain't asked to go there any more.

So they turn to drinkin' and hoping to die,
Hoping God forgives them when they finally arrive.
But there ain't nothing forgiving bout' living nine-to-five.
Don't take a man who's seen the world to know it is a lie

Cause you know someday we're gonna die
Don't make me wanna leave before that day arrives.
And I'm worried when I go,
Won't be nothing of this world for me to leave behind.
For my daughter and my son, but a bullet in a broken gun.

While the darkest hearts that turn the wheel turn down the setting sun.
And the warm and depthless ocean now filling up with blood.
We'll set fire to this world and we'll never blink an eye,
Just to leave our TVs on, run our cars another mile.

So we'll build another shopping mall, another parking lot.
Before this city overflows, then fill another one.
And we'll spend our lives with stranges just to die alone
Raise a child without a heart, in a home without a home.

Cause you know sometime we're gonna die
Don't make me wanna leave before that time arrives.
And I'm worried when I go,
Won't be nothing of this world for me to leave behind.
For my daughter and my son, but a bullet in a broken gun.
But the shadow of a man on the run.

For you know that we've been here before,
And you know we'll come again.
Return to where it all began just to find it is the end.

And we'll hang our hearts and hang our minds
Come the end of the day.
And we'll grow too tired to really care when the limelight falls away.

Cause you know we're gonna die someday.
Don't make me wanna leave before that day comes my way.
And I'm worried when I go,
won't be nothing of this world for me to leave in my wake.
For my daughter and my son, but a bullet in a broken gun.
But the shadow of a man on the run.
With the feeling in their hearts, that there's nothing can be done.

RR's God

Written By: Oscar Lush

Well I met him first when I was still young.
A man who stood tall and he followed the sun.
And he wore a black cloak, with a collar of white.
And he used his great hands to discern wrong from right.

Now we'd talk about living for hours on end.
About forgiveness, morality, about both life and death.
We'd talk about the world we knew till the sun it came on down.
Then we'd split just like a railway track before the darkness came around.

Now RR he found God when he was only twenty-one.
Said it wasn't no flash of lightning, ain't no vision from above.
He just couldn't stand the pain no more, thought that something should be done.
So he donned that cloak of dark-dark night, gave his life up to the lord.

But as a young man I was selfish and full of pride.
But RR he talked me down, he wiped the dust right from my eyes.
And he shined the light of love upon all I did despise,
And all of a sudden, well the life I'd lived seemed like a young man's lie.

But then the word it came to me, on his travels far and wide
That somebody had shot that man, that my good old friend had died.
He was helping a little girl find her way when a young man gunned him down.
And the gunman was heard, he was crying out, 'Gonna burn that damn church down'

But his God it wasn't one of hatred or of pride.
His God was only pure love, as far as the wandering eye.
And I ain't no religious man, I turn to the bottle not the sky.
But if I ever prayed to someone, RR's God would have been my guy.

Set List

1. Nightmare Song
2. There You Are, There You Go
3. Miranda's Birds
4. Bullet in a Broken Gun
5. RR's God
6. How the Night, It Gets So Low
7. Lady's Sad Song
8. Oh, The Fire
9. The Ballad of Everett Ruess
10. A Song for those Passing Through