I've always loved the book and spent a great part of the early 80strying to find Cains books in second hand shops from Melbourne to London.
I wrote the song in 1987, just after the Moodists stopped working. Living in London - never intending to ever return to Australia. I made a demo of paying acoustic guitar with Mark Fitzgibbon on piano. He was a jazz player living in London at the same time whom we met through mutual friends.
I thought it would be too distracting to call the song after the books title so it existed as "between times" Played it live with the original London Coral Snakes in 1987/88.
Eventually we recorded it in 1998 for "the Dave Graney Show" , an album we gave to Festival records. It had Mark Fitzgibbon on piano again, he had returned to Australia as well. Serendipity.
That album was the first after the we let the Coral Snakes go. It was full of great songs and I love it as much as the one that preceded it, "the devil drives". The label, Festival, didn't know what to do with anything, it didn't really have a chance. We've continued to play many songs from it over the years, most notably in the "point blank" narrative shows. We still always reach to songs from it.
"I'm a commander" was on the same album. Always loved playing this song and thought we could do a different version of it. the original was very keyboard oriented. I wanted to bring the lyric out a bit more
"we're gonna find an open field- sit and wait for the enemy to show itself- we shall march drill and manouvre till they arrive- we shall be flanking the opposition forces- a feinting pincer movement - there'll be no retreat no surrender - you''ll be my players! you'll be my foot soldiers! you will die for my song! You will die IN my song...."
Clare Moore plays vibes and also bass xylophone. A large thing like a marimba- wooden keys.
"I'm not the guy I tried to be" was the last track on "you've been in my mind". he just wanted another pass at it. With the bass xylophone and 12 string acoustic.
Got some live dates coming up.
May 17th dave graney and the mistLY at the Prince of Wales Hotel in St Kilda
May 26th dave graney and clare moore play the Vanguard in Newtown - Sydney
June 9th dave graney and the mistLY at the Retreat Hotel in Sydney rd Brunswick
June 13th THE DAMES play at the Post Office Hotel in Coburg
June 14th dave graney and the mistLY play at the post office hotel in Coburg
July 6th - dave graney and the mistLY at the Railway Workers Club - Darwin
Friday August 30th - dave graney and clare moore will be playing in Tanunda SASaturday August 31st and Sunday Sept 1st dave graney and the mistLY will be playing at the Wheatsheaf in Adelaide , SA.
Below are pictures of me playing guitar on the MC5s "kick out the Jams" with the Hoodoo Gurus with guests - moi, Cyril Jordan from the Flaming Groovies, Kim Salmon, Eric Bloom and Donald Roeser from the BLUE OYSTER CULT , Peter Case with ROB YOUNGER ex of Radio Birdman singing...It was the last song of the 2013 DIG it UP! show