Susan Craig. Singer, songwriter, artist.

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MUSIC WRITTEN, RECORDED AND PERFORMED BY MOSS
AVAILABLE FROM WWW.MOSSMUSIC.COM.AU

Band members:  Mark Simpkin, Susan Craig, Ian Kelly, David Anthony, Justin Wynn.

DUST AND DREAMS.   (Warraitya Tangkuinyanthi)

  (VIDEO COMING SOON).

I’ve travelled throughout remote Australia many times in my life, but a recent “road trip” through the centre of our country last year to the Kimberley region has had a profound effect on me. You see the best and the worst of Australia and you take both of them home with you. The poverty and devastation of human welfare in some outback communities is intensely unsettling and has been on my mind ever since I experienced this first hand. Conversely I was also privileged to see indigenous communities prospering and will never forget my wonderful chat with “Alex”, a Kimberley "freshie" as he put it and told me about the importance of songlines in Aboriginal culture. This song is about proud, talented and intelligent first Australians who never had or have the chance to ignite the light inside them; because of an imposed alien way of life that has failed to include, respect and recognise another human being’s heritage, ancestral culture and most importantly, humanity.  


VERSE

I know you never had the chance,

To ignite the light you have inside you,

See you shining; you only had dust and dreams.

We put an end to your story lines,

Now no direction, empty horizons, just collisions,

You only had dust and dreams.


CHORUS

Warraitya Tangkuinyanthi . . . I heard the thud of your feet on the dust  

Warraitya Tangkuinyanthi . . . I’m in a trance that I’m willing to trust,

Warraitya Tangkuinyanthi . . . can I dance with you and share your dreams.


VERSE

We said we knew what was best for you,

Took your freedom, gave you prisons, bad decisions.

You only had dust and dreams.

Sanding still in a no-man’s land,

Between the dreaming and the bleeding, still believing,

In your dust and dreams.


BRIDGE

I saw you dance and you took my breath away,

You are the dust and I saw you drift away,

Felt the rush when I heard your spirit sound.

Felt the hush from the sky right to the ground.

I saw you dance and you took my breath away,

You are the dust and I saw you drift away into your dreams.


VERSE

You never had the chance,

To ignite the light you have inside you,

See you shining; you only had dust and dreams.

We put an end to your story lines,

Now no direction, empty horizons, just collisions,

You only had dust and dreams.


CHORUS

Warraitya Tangkuinyanthi . . . I heard the thud of your feet on the dust  

Warraitya Tangkuinyanthi . . . I’m in a trance that I’m willing to trust,

Warraitya Tangkuinyanthi . . . can I dance with you and share your dreams.


DUST AND DREAM: © Susan Craig, Lyrics. Mark Simpkin, Music.


ROCK GOD.   I had the pleasure of meeting a real Rock God a while back, the sad thing was he brought his Rock God with him when he left the stage.  We must all remember to leave our Rock Gods on stage!  


VERSE

You said we were awesome, you were my rock and roll guru, yeah,

You had my adoration, until I finally knew you.

Then I looked right through you.



CHORUS

You said you loved us on the stage, you thought you had it made,

Oh yeah, you think you're a rock God, yeah, you think you're a rock God.


VERSE

You're a three hit wonder and some will remember,

The touring and the riders you're on an ego bender.

Like last November.


CHORUS

You said you loved us on the stage, you thought you had it made.

Oh yeah, you think you're a rock God, yeah, you think you're a rock God.

You said you loved us on the stage, you thought you had it made.

Oh yeah, you think you're a rock God, yeah, you think you're a rock God.


BRIDGE

You love us when we pay and you love us when you play.

So I stood to shake your hand and you didn't even stand.

Too good for me you're the man


VERSE

Take your boots of the table and put your feet on the ground now, yeah

Identity deluded still making sounds in a small town.

What's this fame you've found now?


CHORUS

You said you loved us on the stage, you thought you had it made.

Oh yeah, you think you're a rock God, yeah, you think you're a rock God.

You said you loved us on the stage, you thought you had it made.

Oh yeah, you think you're a rock God, yeah, you think you're a rock God

You said you loved us on the stage, you thought you had it made.

Oh yeah, you think you're a rock God, yeah, you think you're a rock God


(c) Susan Craig, Mark Simpkin, Graham Knowles, Peter Cornthwaite, Clive Pollard.

I'D RATHER WEAR A HAT THAN WEAR A HALO - 

My friend’s Grandpa painted this picture, it was of all the dogs in their family, past and present. The ones passed away are wearing halos the ones still alive and barking are wearing hats. When I saw this painting for the first time, I was quite taken and was quick to exclaim “I’m glad I’m wearing a hat and hot a halo!” Shortly I was travelling through Australia and wrote this song whilst travelling through the outback.  This song celebrates life without apology, because there will always be some difficult times.  "Bad things going on, don't know what to do, so do what you can then make the best of you."




VERSE

Queen of the desert I've got nothing to lose.

Nothing in front of me, what will I choose.

I'll put a little Amoco in my machine.

The dust in the mirror's the best I've seen.


CHORUS

I'd rather wear a hat than wear a halo.  I'd rather wear a hat than wear a halo.


VERSE

Bad things going on I don't know what to do.

So do what you can then make the best of you.

It's a beautiful day to be seen and be heard.

Before you drink it, make it shaken not stirred.


I'd rather wear a hat than wear a halo, I'd rather wear a hat than wear a halo.


BRIDGE:

Don't apologise for the wind in your hair or the sand in your shoes, cos' your life is on the loose.

It's make you sad it'll make you mad, so put some paint on your brush and brush like mad.

Don't apologies for the wind in your hair or the sand in your shoes, cos' your life's on the loose.


VERSE

Big blue space looking back at me.

Didn't pay a cent, didn't rent it's free.

Goanna on the rock, Goanna in my car.

Singing the tunes right up to William's bar.


CHORUS

I'd rather wear a hat than wear a halo, I'd rather wear a hat than wear a halo.

(c) Susan Craig, Mark Simpkin, Graham Knowles, Clive Pollard, Peter Cornthwaite.

ODE TO THE 70’S. The seventies was one of most impressionable decades of my life. I was 12 at the beginning and 22 at the end, experiencing life through the eyes of a child, teenager and then as an adult. Life was a juggernaut of biological and environmental personal changes and navigating it on an emotional roller coaster ride. The 70’s was also socially significant in Australia with the abolition of “The White Australia” policy and ending conscription to Vietnam. It was the start of the recognition of land rights for our first Australian’s, when in 1975 Gough Whitlam finalized the “handback” of a portion of land to the Gurindji people. This was a landmark in the land rights movement in Australia. The 70’s was also a time of a new wave of rock music in Australia, with many home grow pub rock bands rocketing to international success, ACDC, Billy Thorpe, Helen Reddy, Spectrum, Masters Apprentices and more. This new rock sound was so intrinsically part of the 70’s music mood, the Australian labour party launched their highly successful political campaign, using lyrics and rock music for their campaign slogan. “It’s time.” So . . . even Canberra made top 40!  Click the image for youtube.


VERSE

You won the trophy, I am woman hear me roar, hear me roar!

Don't need the money, just want to be free to sing my son, then I'll be gone


CHORUS

We're living in the 70';s the words you san they set me free


VERSE

You made a new sound, you rocked and we turned up the raido, the radio

The crowed attacked you and you couldn't go, they let go

We're living in the 70's you rocked your rolled, you set us free 


BRIDGE

The sacks were packed we voted stay, we brought you back from hell that day

With white we ruled for years before, now black and white we stand for more

Gurindji they made a stand, Gough Whitlam gave them back their land

Much wrong to write.  Now it's time . . .  Even Canberra made top 40!


VERSE


The stage was blazing and the crowd exploded with dynamite, dynamite.

The metal grinding, you rocked the stage with rock and roll,

See me rock, hear me roll.


CHORUS

Not yet a woman not quite a child you rocked you rolled you drove us wild!

(c) Lyrics: Susan Craig. Music: Mark Simpkin.


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EMILY - Emily Davidson, a powerful activist for the Suffragette movement in Britain.  Click the image for youtube.


VERSE

You made a noise and thousands of voices were heard

They came, they stood beside you, they kept their word


CHORUS

What made your heart…. burn like a fire?

What drove your pain…. your sacrifice, your desire?


VERSE

Was it the cage that held you still?

Or the times they tried to break your will?



CHORUS

You gave it all you had, they watched you gather ‘round

On that darkened Friday, when they knocked you to the ground


VERSE

They dragged you away and they tried to silence you

But your cries became louder; you were stronger than they knew

Be seen be heard, again and again. Be seen be heard, again and again

The world was watching now, you knew your time was here

And you stood before the King; you raised your flag with no fear

What made your heart burn like a fire?

What drove your pain, your sacrifice, your desire


BRIDGE

They’re focused on us now, so be seen, make a noise, be heard

Be there all the time, change is all we have, votes for women, suffragettes forever


VERSE

The world was watching now, you knew your time was here

And you stood before the King; you raised your flag with no fear


CHORUS

You gave all you had

You gave all you had . . . Emily

© Copyright Susan Craig Lyrics. Clive Pollard & Mark Simpkin Musical composition.


MR. HYDE.   Drugs and alcohol and in particular Ice, have a dangerous and devestating impact on a persons mind, tearing familis arpart all over the world.   There are many parallels in the book written by Robert Louise Stevenson  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the effects of drug taking in our society today.   Dr. Jekyll wrestles with the evil within him and takes his own "potion" to rid him of this evil, but the more he takes the more he lives with Mr. Hyde.   Click on imge to play youtube.


VERSE

He smiled and you believed him; you let him change your mind

He promised crystal feelings Just to have a good time

You thought that you were neon, when you let him inside

But when we looked into your blackened eyes, we saw Mr. Hyde yeh we saw Mr. Hyde


CHORUS

You slayed the dragon, you didn’t see, you couldn’t feel

The diamonds in the sky, well man they just not real

You walked the tight rope; for the last time

Oh you were out of your mind, oh you were out of your mind, oh you were out of your mind



VERSE

The crawling and the screaming, you’re in the danger zone

You’re empty, there’s no feeling; well there’s a monster in our home

Just one more time well you promised; “Oh I wanna’ have some fun”

The lies and the cries, you destroyed our lives,

You didn’t see what you had become; you didn’t see what you had become


CHORUS

You slayed the dragon, you didn’t see, you couldn’t feel,

Your diamonds in the sky, well man they just not real

You walked the tight rope; for the last time

Oh you were out of your mind, oh you were out of your mind, oh you were out of your mind,


BRIDGE

You weren’t the same, there’s nothing left of you

He took your soul, took the very best of you

He took the wheel; he took you for a ride

Wish I had stopped the mad; I wish I had stopped Mr. Hyde

‘cause you were out of your mind, Oh you were out of your mind, Oh you were out of your mind


VERSE

Stardust is your potion, to get rid of what’s inside

But the more you take well you will lock the gate, and you will live with Mr. Hyde

You will live with Mr. Hyde


CHORUS

You slayed the dragon, you didn’t see, you couldn’t feel

Your diamonds in the sky, well they weren’t real

You turned the barrel; for the very last time

Oh you were out of your mind, you were out of your mind, you were out of your mind

Oh you were out of your mind, you were out of your mind, you were out of your mind

Like staring at a stone, you ask why? You ask why? You ask why? You ask why?

© Copyright Susan Craig Lyrics.  Clive Pollard & Mark Simpkin musical composition.

IN EXCESS OF LIFE. I know of one Michael (Hutchence) and knew another Michael personally who both passed away in similar same circumstances.   An unavoidable tragic loss for many young people today. Click on image to play youtube.


VERSE

Your beautiful curls, your beautiful girls

You drank the juices of life

Intoxication it’s a gamble but you through the dice


CHORUS

Too young, too soon, so blue Life in excess took over you


VERSE

The sounds you made, we loved them all

You had us crying for more

Your mind confused you couldn’t lose

You had the wolves at the door


CHORUS

Too young, too soon, so blue Life in excess took over you


BRIDGE

What did you write why did you stop why did you throw it away

You couldn’t think, you couldn’t tell the things you wanted to say

What did you write why did you stop why did you throw it away


CHORUS

Too young, too soon, so blue Life in excess took over you


VERSE

You had the highs you had the rise but possibilities fall

And in your moments you elegantly wasted it all


CHORUS

Too young, too soon, so blue Life in excess took over you


BRIDGE

What did you write why did you stop why did you throw it away

You couldn’t think, you couldn’t tell the things you wanted to say

What did you write why did you stop why did you throw it away


VERSE

Your beautiful curls, your beautiful girls

You drank the juices of life

Intoxication it’s a gamble but you through the dice

Too young, too soon, so blue Life in excess took over you

Too young, too soon, so blue Life in excess took over you

Too young, too soon, so blue Life in excess took over you

Too young, too soon, so blue Life in excess took over you

© Copyright Susan Craig Lyrics. Clive Pollard & Mark Simpkin musical composition.


YOU’RE BRAVER THAN YOU BELIEVE.  Domestic violence.  A domestic crime and finally being recognised as such.  Society is longer turning a blind eye to this criminal act.  Braver than you believe is designed to reach out to women and let them know they are not alone.  That being abused both emotionally and physically is wrong and there is enourmous support in our community to deal with this issue.  Women are braver than they've been lead to believe.  Click on image to play youtube.


VERSE

Shattered glass, shattered lives

You hear the sorry you compromise

A superman he’s standing tall

And they don’t see him, when you fall to the ground

Behind closed doors, there is no sound

If he loved you, like he said, he wouldn’t bruise you







VERSE

If you can’t tell if you can’t say

What happens when we go away

Then it’s not alright it’s not ok

Reach out there is a way

‘cause you’re not to blame

You can break free there is no shame

You’re braver than you believe, you can choose you


BRIDGE

Dare to believe and you’ll be unstoppable

And if it is right, then it’s not impossible

Dare to believe and you’ll be unstoppable

And if it is right, then it’s not impossible


VERSE

A good love, is warm and kind

Allows you to speak your mind

A safe love, has no fears

Creates a life, with no tears

So you can be free, to be the woman you want to be

He’s a magician, he has tricks, and he’ll confuse you



You’re braver than, braver than you believe

You’re braver than, braver than you believe


BRIDGE

Dare to believe and you’ll be unstoppable

And if it is right, then it’s not impossible

Dare to believe and you’ll be unstoppable

And if it is right, then it’s not impossible


VERSE

Shattered glass shattered lives

You hear the sorry you compromise

A superman he’s standing tall

They don’t see him and you’re not to blame

You can break free there is no shame

You’re braver much braver than you believe

© Copyright Susan Craig Lyrics. Clive Pollard & Mark Simpkin musical composition.

DAYS LIKE THESE – A story about a time in my life that I'd like to share as I'm sure we have all been there at some point.  Everyone has a story to tell.  Click on photo for link to youtube.


VERSE

I was in my story, my beautiful story

We had imaginings, opportunities were happening

The magic now has gone, no dancing the music’s died

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide


CHORUS

Nobody told me there’d be days like these

Nobody told me there’d be days like these

Nobody told me Nobody told me Days like these


VERSE

Waters calm the skies are clear

The gentle breeze without a fear

Horizon black, it’s over there

It can’t reach me it wouldn’t dare

But now the tide has turned on me

Well I’m drowning and it’s hard to breathe

You have control it’s now my turn

What lessons do I need to learn?


VERSE

Nobody told me there’d be days like these

Nobody told me there’d be days like these

Nobody told me Nobody told me Days like these


BRIDGE

The music died, I was black inside

I’m drowning and it’s hard to breathe

Yesterday was good to me

But days like these they’re meant to be

They make you feel, they make you see

Then I touched the sound I heard you again

Now I dare to breathe, deeper than I did then

I see, I hear, I feel, I touch, I breathe today


Days like.  Days like. Days like these, yeah.

(C) Susan Craig Lyrics. Mark Simpkin musical composition.

START THINKING – Both the South Australian and Federal Governments are pursuing the idea that South Australia becomes the dumping ground for the worlds spent uranium.  Two site have been targeted, Kimba in the mid north, which is prime agricultural land (only 4% of Australia is suitable for agricultture) and the Flinders Range, 40km from Wilpena Pound.  This is a protest song to stop this proposal in it's tracks and rethink what we are doing.  The song has been written as if a person from the future asking us . . . "What were you thinking?"   Click on image to play youtube.


VERSE

I’m your son I’m your daughter I inherited your choice,

If you could see my life, if you could hear my voice,

You wouldn’t do it.

You wouldn’t do it.



VERSE

Take your hands from your face and look through the door

Waltzing Matilda doesn’t dance here anymore,

What were you thinking.

What were you thinking. . . you weren’t thinking of me.


BRIDGE

You had golden soil

And nature's gifts not to spoil

With beauty so rich and life so rare

In history’s page, did you blot the page

Or did you advance Australia fare?


VERSE

You’ll never see, you’ll never feel the things I face

You made our country a dirty and dangerous place.

What were you thinking.

What were you thinking . . you weren’t thinking of me.


VERSE

Click your ruby slippers now

Bring me home and I’ll show you how

To start thinking

Pleases start thinking . . . start thinking of me. 


© Susan Craig Lyrics. Mark Simpkin, Clive Pollard musical composition.


BELLE - WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME WHEN I CHANGE.  

Was inspired by an amazing woman, Isabelle Lake. Isabelle entered the world as Nicholas, but sadly, left far too soon aged 21, as Isabelle. At 19, Belle recognized and understood the gender dysphoria that had plagued her life and formally identified as a woman. She was passionate and very driven to ensure that society treated fairly those who had been negatively impacted by the hand that life had dealt them. Just as Belle was fully embracing her new found self she was struck with an incredible blow, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

She made an enormous contribution to the transgender community in the minimal time she had available after diagnosis. The West Australian community recognized her efforts and Belle was inducted into Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2015. We hope this song continues the legacy of Belle and raises awareness of the challenges transgender people face and indeed acceptance. Click on image to play youtube.



VERSE

Will you still love me when I change?

Will you walk with me when my life is rearranged?

Hold my hand, see it feels the same

Dry your eyes, no one's to blame


VERSE

The reflection that I see I just don’t feel

I disconnect, it’s not me It’s just not real

I’m alone now I release my cage,

My body’s calm, there’s no more rage


VERSE

The ribbons and the lace the shiny shoes

Please play with me I’m ok, I’m just confused

Please understand,

See the woman I’ve always been, see who I am.


VERSE

I know you grieve for the life we had

You’ve lost your, son you’ve lost your brother, you’ve lost your dad

But come closer, and you’ll see

I’m here like before but now I’m free


OUTRO

Will you still love me when I change?

Will you walk with me when my life is rearranged?

Will you still love me, when I change?

Will you walk with me when my life is rearranged?

Will you still love me, when I change?

© Copyright 2015 Susan Craig, Mark Simpkin