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The journey to this album is the result of a sequence
of fortunate events. I have played in cover bands for
most of my musical life and recently began playing solo.
People were asking for a copy of my record which I didn’t
have. This coincided with the writing of Wialki which was
picked up by the Sounds of the Wheatbelt - a WAM
(Western Australian Music) project. I wrote another sixteen songs in six months and in eight days I recorded seven of them and here we are - my first record. I hope you enjoy it. Pete Byfield

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released April 1, 2015

The song Wialki first appeared on Western Australian Musics Sounds of the Wheatbelt album. It was co produced by Joel Quartermain (Mushroom Music Publishing) and Matt Giovannangelo who also played on it. It also featured Sean Lillico and Lauren Arthur.
All other songs were produced by Joel Quartermain at Wasteland Studio in O'Connor Western Australia. The players were Pete Byfield, Joel Quartermain, Lee Jones and Nigel Bird.
We're just Visitors was co written by Pete Byfield and Joel Quartermain. All other songs written by Pete Byfield

"It's almost what you would call traditional country in a sense, but in another sense it's quite filmic, textural and wide. It sort of disarms you in a way with simplicity and then before you know it, you're in a sweeping landscape with hints of australian red dust and riders." William Bowden, King Willy Sound

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Track Name: Hounds are Howling
black skies sunbeams and a dusty plain
a rainbow, electric skies no rain
lonely drops pound repellent soil
the smell of expectancy in readiness for toil
half chance rain
half chance fire
cockeyed bobs and willy willies are reaching for the sky
hopes are rising
dams are falling
the bank is calling
the hounds are howlin
keep your chin up friends just do the best you can
it’s hotter in fire than it is in the pan
your loved ones burden is not the lack of rain
it’s the sadness in your eyes, watching you in pain
(it’s the sadness in your eyes as I hear you cry in pain)
Track Name: White Dove
fly white dove fly
‘cross these battle fields conflicts and pain
fly white dove fly unite this world if you can
the little bird she flies
through earths thin veil
no fences or borders of state
one globe one quest
desire to live
find a mate and procreate
fly white dove fly
‘cross these battle fields conflicts and pain
fly white dove fly unite this world if you can
unite this world if you can
gravity controls her endless grace
she glides over land of common place
she sees no divides
from the air it’s all the same
one single race in her frame
(fly white dove fly 'cross these battle fields conflicts and pain
glide white dove glide spread peace and love once again
fly white dove fly unite this world if you can, unite this world if you can)
Track Name: Truckin' Lucky
well I’m driving into a rising sun
and there’s a shimmer on the road
there’s an eagle feeding on a beast
too heavy to lift its own load
I swerve across a double white line
there’s a crest approaching fast
that beast and me could share a common past
that beast and me could share a common past
we’ll I’m hauling out of Newcastle
on the top road to Lightning Ridge
drifting into a setting sun
and onto a one lane bridge
I’ll never know how we shared that road
our mirrors kissed as we passed
that Mack and me share a common past
that Mack and me share a common past
well the Gods they were shining on me
the Gods they shone on my past
yes the Gods were shining (down) on me
those Gods they shone on my past
what waits around the next corner
we’ll I’m not the one to know
don’t tempt fate if you’re running late
keep your blood off the road
keep your blood off the road
(may the Gods shine on you
may the Gods shine on you)
Track Name: Ashes
heat mirage on the horizon
wind howls and dust is a risin’
birds fall from trees
it don’t feel like home to me
smoke billows in the distance
choppers provide resistance
ground crews are mustering
like ants to the danger
like ants to the threat
danger is here
terror in the rearview
there’s hell up ahead like nothing we knew
arms open wide and helpless
it don’t feel like home to me
night falls and calm descends
"firies" defend us, friends are among us
eternity before the new day
reveals the wrath, reveals the pain
nothings the same
yesterdays plans may be gone
a new day begins at dawn
count the costs, count the blessings
move on or rebuild and stay
nothings the same
Track Name: We're Just Visitors
you may not own a parcel of sand
or you may be a lord of the land
but when it’s time to be movin on
you will return to the land alone
you will return to the land alone
we’re just visitors on this land
a stranger to this world I am
we’re the elements of our birth
we all return one day to the earth
we all return one day to the earth
you may be a human being
or you may be a creature thing
but melt us all down to the elements
maybe love is the point of difference
yes maybe love is the only difference
this life is no rehearsal
when you’re gone there’s no reversal
enjoy your time till the end of the line
every day you live you’re in your prime
every day you live is borrowed time
Track Name: Wialki
well I cut my teeth on a 9g tractor
pulling a 14 disc plough
my mum she’s sittin’ there beside me
she’d hold that brolley if it showed
my dad’s on the inter diesel fumes and dust in his eyes
we’re on the edge of the wheat belt
no rain, just dust and flies
well we go round and round putting seed in the ground
singing all my favourite country songs
as the wheels turn around oh how I love that diesel
sound
as the sun is climbing up the sky
(now the clouds they’re forming in the sky)
(as the rains starts falling from the sky)
well we’re up well before the crack o’ dawn
breakfast in the old bough shed
dad’s up first he stokes that metters fire
the billy boils and mum gets out of bed
the ute tow starts the 9g the 9g tows the inter she fires
we’re on the edge of the wheatbelt
no rain just dust and flies
horizon gazin’, pining, pining
pining for mum's stew and apple pie
here she comes over the hill I spy that old vanguard
a trail of dust against that cloudy sky
mum keeps those wheels turning while dad and I eat
and check the sky
we’re on the edge of the wheat belt
with stew, apple pie and flies
well I cut my teeth on a 9g tractor pulling a 14 disc plough
Track Name: It Always Rains After a Dry Spell
the old boys used to say this area won’t break any
records
but it’ll never let you down
but these days you never can tell
one thing’s for sure, it always rains, after a dry spell
as the grey clouds roll over the hill
as the wind picks up in the air a chill
yes I’m wondering will the heavens release
and give those on the land a little peace
some have taken jobs in town to make ends meet
and they work the farm on weekends with the kids
they’re happy making enough to pay what they owe
they didn’t need too much to preserve the seeds they’d
sowed
well some they fly in and out on a mine
and some watch their old and new lives decline
it’s their way of life that takes the blow
you don’t need too much to preserve the seeds that
you sow
as the grey clouds roll over the hill
as the wind picks up in the air a chill
yes I’m wondering will the heavens release this time
and give those on the land a little piece of mind
Track Name: Why the Sky
I couldn’t tell you why the sky
I couldn’t tell you why the sun
I couldn’t tell you why the stars shone bright
and I couldn’t tell you why the moon
but now I see the starlight in your eyes
and now I see the moon glow in your smile
I feel the warmth of the sun in each embrace
our space may have been here all along
but I couldn’t tell you why the sky
and I couldn’t tell you why the sun
and I couldn’t tell you why the stars shine bright
and I couldn’t tell you why the moon
now I know that one and one is two
and that’s the total sum of me and you
your flower it bloomed and we became three
three seasons of the sun and three were four
now I can tell you why the sky
and I can tell you why the sun
and I can tell you why the stars they shine
and I can tell you why the moon
because you are the world to me
because you are the world to me