Albums & soundtracks

The Long Divide

Album credits and liner notes

The Long Divide was released in October 2022

By Michael Owen, Gordon Clarke, Michael Clarke and Mark Olszewski.

Music and lyrics by Kinematic.
Engineered and recorded by Michael Owen & Gordon Clarke at Sunshine Harvester & Whiskey & Rye.
Mixed by Greg J. Walker.
Mastered by Adam Dempsey.
Produced by Kinematic & Greg J. Walker.

Kinematic’s guests were Coco Clarke, Amanda Goodie, Sarah Liversidge, Sam Pardy and Greg J. Walker.

Cover painting by Karri Clarke.

Monday 8am   LYRICS & VIDEO

Monday 8am   3.37

Everyday she wakes up in the morning sun
Always feels the same
Monday morning comes and when she leaves for work
The clouds are forming now

Drive, drive, drive through the pouring rain
Wipers wipe all your feelings away
Good ones and bad

Always living like, it's my last day
And I’m on my way to see you
Weather don't mind
And we're living like, it's our last days
And we're taking it with both hands
Holding on so tight

Everyday she wakes up in the winter sun
Always feels the same
Mercury is falling when she leaves for work
Icy on your skin

Drive, drive, drive through the morning rain
Windscreen fogs all your feelings again
Good ones and bad

Always living like, it's my last day
And I’m on my way to see you
Weather don't mind
And we're living like, it's our last days
And we're taking it with both hands
Holding on so tight

West Gate Bridge   LYRICS & VIDEO

West Gate Bridge   4.12

I was travelling on the Westgate Bridge
Above the site where 35 men perished
When I heard a voice that struck me clear
And went a-whispering into my ears

When the ghosts tell you you're hollow in sound
When they tell you one's the loneliest crowd
When you feel like you can walk on clouds
Then you know that it's your final, final, final bow

And I fall down right beside you
Sorry I remind you
Of all the things that trouble you, trial you and puzzle you
Both of us can make it through
And none of this will worry us again

There's a missing piece up in the sky
On the ground we look, wonder why
When the wind blows hard enough to hear
Still haunted by a-whispering in my ears

When the ghosts tell you you're hollow in sound
When they tell you one's the loneliest crowd
When you feel like you can walk on clouds
Then you know that it's your final, final, final bow

If I fall down right beside you
Sorry I remind you
Of all the things that trouble you, trial you and puzzle you
Both of us can make it through
And none of this will worry us again

Four Things I'll Forget   LYRICS

Four Things I'll Forget   2.51

Don’t you tell me more than four things, I’ll forget
Don’t you make it a burden that we’ll both regret

Word around is you’re looking for me
Close my eyes and you’ll never find me

If it’s secrets you’re after, knock on other doors
If it’s grudges you’re keeping, I’m not keeping score

Word around is you’re looking for me
Close my eyes and you’ll never find me

Ah, ah, so far

Don’t you smile at me here and freeze me out at home
Two can play the game but you know, we’ll both end up alone

Word around is you’re looking for me
Close my eyes and you’ll never find me
Word around is you’re looking for me
Close my eyes and you’ll never find me

Ah, ah, so far
 

Old Leaves   LYRICS & VIDEO

Old Leaves   4.46

Bye bye to the Berlin wall
Watch here come the wrecking balls
Old leaves beneath my feet, old leaves beneath my feet

Bye bye to your next of kin
Holy ghost or holy sin
Old leaves beneath my feet, old leaves beneath my feet

Gone again, gone again
I am so wrong

Bye bye to your certainty
Cruel summer, crueller sea
Old leaves beneath my feet, old leaves beneath my feet

Gone again, gone again
I am so wrong

Greenland   LYRICS

Greenland   3.23

And though you want to let it go
They’re telling you to hold on
But you’re stuck in second gear
And praying to be gone
When you know just what you want
Well-wishers are boring
You can’t wait another year
Holding on too long

Oh, I have always heard
We only mourn to be home
While there are countries to roam
While there are skies to be flown, we fly

It’s always greener over there
Except when you’re in Greenland
But you’re washed upon the shore
And praying to be warm
And there’s always love for sale
Except when you are buying
And they’re calling to the boats
And sailing through the dawn

Oh, I have always heard
We only mourn to be home
While there are oceans to roam
While there are skies to be flown, we fly

Postcard   LYRICS

Postcard   2.29

She wrote her name on an Aids Day postcard
And I never forgot
I also never called
A moment that was lost, I ask

Who was that girl, and what would we be?
Who was that girl, and does she think of me?

There but for the grace of god we go
Numbers on a card
Drummers in the streets
And dealers in the yard, I ask

Who was that girl, and what would we be?
Who was that girl, and does she think of me?
Who was that girl, and what would we be?
Who was that girl, and does she think of me?

Harmony   LYRICS

Harmony   3.00

Always thinking, our time is yet to come
Always somewhere, somewhere to run
There’s nowhere left to hide, oh

Can you hear the echoes of the road
Calling to you, calling us back home
We’re on our way back home, oh

Harmony, harmony, oh
It’s my own harmony

Now we’re leaving, sunshine’s on our backs
Down this road and down the dusty tracks
We’re on our way back home, oh

Harmony, harmony, oh
It’s my own harmony
Harmony, harmony, oh
It’s my own harmony

Harmony, harmony, oh
It’s my own harmony
Harmony, harmony, oh
Now we’re home, harmony

Two   LYRICS & VIDEO

Two   3.06

Oh, don’t look back
Just save the best til last
I never wanted to be sorry
I only wanted to be free

Oh, don’t think twice
You made the right advice
I never wanted to be worried
I only want to speak my mind

All we need is two (all we need is two)
Ooh, ooh, two
All we need is two (all we need is two)
All we need is two

Oh, don’t look down
You won’t hit the ground
I never wanted to be broken
I only wanted you to fly

All we need is two (all we need is two)
Ooh, ooh, two
All we need is two (all we need is two)
All we need is two
Ooh, ooh, two
Ooh, ooh, two

June   LYRICS

June   3.30

June lives over the road, when she goes away
I bring in her mail, once every day like clockwork

June is comfortable with me, when she goes away
I water her plants, once every day like clockwork
Even weekends and holidays, I’m not far away

But I guess a friend
Who uses me
Is better than no friend at all
I'm sure

June leaves me her keys, she has fish to feed
And when she gets home, I brew up the tea
Once every day like clockwork
And one kindly word can make her smile
And I live to make her smile

Murder Ballad In E Flat Minor   LYRICS

Murder Ballad In E Flat Minor   3.31

When love is so near, all is forgiven
But he treats you so well, no marks showing

Your own mother, can’t even tell
And there’s never a shoulder to cry on
But he calls you the love of his life
Tells you lovers know better than crying
No crying

When you want to go, you can’t leave him
And the knife in the drawer, all is silence

Your own mother, can’t even tell
And there’s never a shoulder to cry on
But he calls you the love of his life
Tells you lovers know better than crying
No crying

Your own lawyer, can’t even tell
And there’s never someone to rely on
But he called you the love of his life
And told you lovers know better than crying
No crying

39 Steps   LYRICS

39 Steps   2.31

Key on the landing
Home of good standing

Fire through the window
Tears blur the widow

Laugh like the gallows
Dragged down in shallows

Fear is in the waiting
And joy in anticipating

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern   LYRICS

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern   4.23

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, pale sky before the dawn
Shutters shaken, fools awaken, and to Elsinore they turn

Meet a player at the start, and talk of art imitates art
Tales of mad kings, treason and fell things
A game of questions lines the path

And when you want, life passes by you
And when you least want, world turns around you
The stars, set to find your way back home
The stars

When your prince is doing ill (when your prince is black of heart)
Share the journey if you will (share the journey, play your part)
Letters change hands, caught between lands
Victims of the royal quill

For Guildenstern and Rosencrantz (for Guildenstern tied to the mast)
The player’s tidings came to pass (and Rosencrantz sees at the last)
Set before you, plain, the whole truth
As fated as that game of chance

And when you want, life passes by you
And when you least want, gaslight upon you
The stars, set to find your way back home
The stars, the stars

Versatile Comfort   LYRICS

Versatile Comfort   4.10

Versatile comfort in a three-star band
Free yourself with the most effective plan
Correspondence plus, insights from special guests
We have a range of songs, both eager and depressed
What's inside, what's inside, what's inside, what's inside?

Animated look at Sir Christopher Wren
Born and raised by robots, patrolling Roswell in
Magnificent cathedrals and battle wagons
Climbing over spirits, the dead of London sings
What's inside, what's inside, what's inside, what's inside?

Low, low, low-low, low
Low, low, low-low, low
Low, low, low-low, low
Low, low, low-low, low

High-tech multi-action, formula revives
Watching horror movies lying by your side.
Open dialogue, for a vision unimpaired
Coping with this new extraordinary scare
What's inside, what's inside, what's inside, what's inside?

Low, low, low-low, low
Low, low, low-low, low
Low, low, low-low, low
Low, low, low-low, low