Songs From The Kitchen Table

by Genni Kane

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released September 26, 2019

Recorded at Maggie’s Farm, Kangaroo Valley NSW and The Boat Shed, O’Connell NSW
Mixed at Mono Nest, Sanctuary Point NSW

Produced & Recorded by John Kane & Genni Kane
Additional recording & engineering by Kris Schubert
Additional recording & mixing by Syd Green
Mastered by Jeff McCormack

Design/Artwork by Lian Wong
Disc portrait by Georgia Wilby

Thanks…
Jon, Jackson, and Georgia – you are my reason for breathing and I love you. To my friends (too numerous to mention) you know who you are…thanks for letting me write songs about you! Thanks Jon, Christian, Abby, Sophie, Syd and Kris for helping me to make this record exactly the way I wanted to. Thanks to Lian and Georgia for making such a beautiful cover. And as always, special thanks to brother John for once again partnering with me to produce this labour of love. And thanks for finding some more notes to play…even when you thought you didn’t have any left x

This album is dedicated to the memory of my father-in-law Captain James Wilby…the captain of the ship x

MUSICIANS
Genni Kane: vocals, acoustic guitar, ukuleles
John Kane: acoustic 11 string guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, resonator guitar, vocals
Jon Wilby: electric guitar, double bass, vocals
Christian Prusiak: fretless electric bass, vocals
Smith & Jones: Duet vocals on Folk Singer, harmonies
Syd Green: drums, percussion, acoustic guitar

All songs © Genni Kane 2019

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Genni Kane sang her way through the ‘80s as a member of the ARIA award winning Flying Emus. She has been writing songs and performing since she was 17. She has written songs for many artists including Flying Emus, Slim Dusty, Jimmy Little, Anne Kirkpatrick and Bananas in Pyjamas.

Most recently Genni has been exploring and writing songs at her kitchen table about how she sees the world.
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Track Name: The Kitchen Table
The Kitchen Table

Come on in and take a seat
At my kitchen table
Make yourself at home
Just brush the crumbs aside
We don’t stand on ceremony
It’s great to see you
Sitting in our kitchen in the morning light

I’ll make you a cup of tea
While you sit at at my table;
You can tell me all about
Your broken heart

We can cry together
Make murderous plans we’ll never act on
Sitting in my kitchen where the healing starts.


I can hear your key in the front door
I’m so glad to see you
How was your day?
I’ve cooked your favourite dinner
It’s nearly ready
When we stand in our kitchen
We can push our cares away

You’ll pour me a glass of wine
While I sit at our table
We can tell each other
About the day we’ve had

You’ve got problems with your boss
And I’m struggling with the workload
Somehow when we share it
It doesn’t seem that bad


Everything sounds better
Around our table
We sing songs and play guitars
While we’re sitting there
The neighbours sit outside
Under their clothesline
Sometimes they even dance
Around the sheets and underwear

I know she’s just a piece of wood
With four strong legs to hold her
She’s the keeper of our stories
When the day is done

And even though we have eight chairs
There’s only two I’d take a chance on
We always give them to our friends
And we take the wobbly ones


Come on in I’m glad you’re home
How’s Melbourne?
I’m so glad to see you my darling girl
I have made a vegan cake from all the brown bananas
Let’s just sit here in in our kitchen
And solve the problems of the world

At our kitchen table
In the sunshine

© Genni Kane 2018
Track Name: 20,000 Days
20,000 Days

20,000 days, I’ve been doing the best that I can
20,000 days, I’ve been working on the woman that I am
And you’ve been beside me since we were young and didn’t know shit
And I ain’t perfect, but I have almost got the hang of it

3,000 weeks, I have been learning my way
3,000 weeks of laughter lines and hair that’s turned to grey,
And I’ve loved our babies every second of their lives
We watched them breathe, we watched them sleep,
And one day we watched them fly

20,000 days
3,000 weeks
One minute at a time
To get to me

10 thousand cups of coffee, just as many glasses of wine
10 thousand reasons to forget and let you fade into time,
And I won’t remember every little word that hurt
But you gave me power to stand up and believe in what I’m worth

20,000 days…

And I have wasted hours sleeping
Days of weeping and splitting at the seams
But I guess that’s what makes us and breaks us
Heartaches and dreams

6 million minutes, you’ve been colder than it’s possible to be
6 million minutes, I haven’t feel you here beside me
And I wish I could remember every single word you said
But I’m so grateful that you showed me what it means to be a good woman

20,000 days…
20,000 days…


©Genni Kane 2018
Track Name: Believe in Me
Believe in Me

I don’t believe in God
Would you believe in me?
Would you pick up all the worries I lay at your feet?
Would you?

I believe in words
Promises and lies
Would you be there to offer me a compromise?
Would you?
Oh would you?
Would you believe in me?

Would you throw it all away
If that’s the price you had to pay
To take a chance on somebody new
Would you trust it all to fate
Before it is too late to find the best part of you?

I don’t believe in war
What’s the point of that?
Would you stand with me against the wall?
Would you do that?
Would you?

I believe in love
Would you believe it too?
Would you take me in your warm arms and promise to be true?
Would you?
Oh would you?
Would you believe in me?

Would you throw it all away
If that’s the price you had to pay
To take a chance on somebody new
Would you trust it all to fate
Before it is too late to find the best part of you?


I believe in life
Love and tenderness
Would you be there to fill my cup with happiness?
Would you?
Oh would you?
Would you believe in me?

Would you throw it all away
If that’s the price you had to pay
To take a chance on somebody new
Would you trust it all to fate
Before it is too late to find the best part of you?

Would you believe…

© Genni Kane 2018
Track Name: Isa Brown
Isa Brown

Isa Brown
Isa Brown
Prettiest girl in the town
She’s up with the sun
She works all day
Sweet Isa Brown

He works in the mill
She’s scratching for gold
Sweat on his back
Dust in her soul
When they call time
He returns to his Isa Brown

Isa Brown
Isa Brown
Prettiest girl in the town
She’s up with the sun
She works all day
Sweet Isa Brown

She works for scraps
He works for the man
She never complains
He does what he can
And when the sun sets
She’s waiting for him
Sweet Isa Brown

Isa Brown
Isa Brown
Prettiest girl in the town
She’s up with the sun
She works all day
Sweet Isa Brown


He loves her plain
She loves him fine
Winter, spring and summertime
At the end of the day
He always returns to his Isa Brown

Isa Brown
Isa Brown
Prettiest girl in the town
She’s up with the sun
She works all day
Sweet Isa Brown

Sunrise, sunset
She’s waiting for him
Sweet Isa Brown


©Genni Kane 2017
Track Name: As If I Would Forget
As if I Would Forget

In my hatbox
I keep all the little things
Gloves you used to wear
Makes me feel like I can hold your hand
Helps me to remember
The little things about you
As if I would forget

When I look into
The mirror that you used to look into
I can see your face in mine
Helps me to remember
How I feel without you
As if I would forget

As if I would forget
As if I would forget
As if I would forget
As if I would forget

I touch your rosary beads
I feel the stones so smooth against my skin
I can feel your fingertips with mine
Helps me to feel closer
And to remember
As if I would forget

As if I would forget
As if I would forget
As if I would forget
As if I would forget


I know they’re just things
Old letters and wedding rings
I keep your dressing gown
‘Cause it still holds your smell
Helps me to remember
That you loved me
As if I could forget

As if I could forget
As if I could forget
As if I could forget
As if I could forget


© Genni Kane 2018
Track Name: Ice-Cream & Secrets
Ice-Cream & Secrets

(Yodel)

Hang up the bunting
I made it myself
Put on a white dress belonged to my mother
Lay out the table
Dust off the chairs
You’ll wear a black suit
You look like your father

I love you and you love me
And oh how happy we will be

Find a little house
Pretty as a picture
Move to the country where everything’s quieter
Get a few chickens
Grow a few trees
Live off our own land sweet in the sunshine

I love you and you love me
And oh how happy we will be

Have a little baby
Name him after my dad
Walking the floor with him when he’s not sleeping
We’ll tell him stories
Teach him how to love
Give him the roots and the wings for his own life

I love you and you love me
And oh how happy we will be
(Yodel)


Now we’re getting’ older
Joints are all creaky
Blue lacey legs now just like my mother had
Still holding hands
When we go walking
We’ll share an ice-cream and all of our secrets

I love you and you love me
And oh how happy we will be
I love you and you love me
And oh how happy we will be
(Yodel)

We’re still sharing ice-cream and all of our secrets

© Genni Kane 2018
Track Name: If I Die Before You
If I Die Before You

If I die before you
Should I go first
Let me clear
About my expectations
I want you to miss me
I want you to be lonely
For the rest of your life
‘Cause I’m your favourite wife

There’ll be no ladies
Sharing your bed
I want you to be cold and broken hearted
‘Cause I’m dead
I want you to miss me
I want you to pine
And wish that you could kiss me
Just one more time

If I die before you…mmm…
If I die before you…mmm…

Just a word of warning
My dearest love
In the circumstance of my demise
It might seem quite natural
To find another one
But that’s not my plan…if I die!
But I’ve been listening to you…

If you die before me
I’ll do as you wish
I’ll find myself a handsome younger model to kiss
I’ll try to forget you
When you’re dead and gone
‘Cause you have always said to me that you wish I would move on…
But let me just be clear now

If I die before you
I want the world to know
That you’re a broken man
I want you to wallow
I want you to cry and howl at the moon
I want you to weep and moan and lament that I went too soon

If I die before you…mmm…
If I die before you…mmm…

© Genni Kane 2018
Track Name: Folk Singer (featuring Smith & Jones)
Folk Singer

I’m going to Melbourne
Gonna be a folk singer
I’m going to Melbourne
Gonna be a folk singer
I’m going to Melbourne
Gonna be a folk singer
Gonna grow my hair and listen to Dylan

Melbourne, folk singing, long haired, Dylan loving girl.

I’m going to Nashville
To write a country song
I’m going to Nashville
To write a country song
I’m going to Nashville
To write a country song
Gonna break my heart and sing about it all day long

Nashville, songwriting, broken-hearted, singing ‘bout it girl
I’m still a Melbourne, folk singing, long haired, Dylan loving girl.

I’m gonna be married
To the one I love
I’m gonna be married
To the one I love
I’m gonna be married
To the one I love
Gonna be my honey and I’ll be his turtle dove

Married, one that I love, be my honey, turtle dove girl

Gonna ride my pony
Every day
Gonna ride my pony
Every day
Gonna ride my pony
Every day
Gonna call him sugar and feed him the sweetest hay

Pony, every day, call him sugar, sweetest hay girl,
I’m gonna be married, one that I love, be his honey, turtle dove girl

Melbourne, Nashville, married, pony
Folk singing, songwriting, one I love
Long haired, broken hearted, be my honey, one and only
Dylan loving every day, turtle dove

I’m going to heaven
At the end of the line
I’m going to heaven
At the end of the line
I’m going to heaven
At the end of the line
Gonna learn that trick about changing water into wine

Heaven, end of the line, turn that water into wine girl
And I’m still a Melbourne, folk singing, long haired, Dylan loving girl

I’m going to Melbourne
Gonna be a folk singer


© Genni Kane 2018
Track Name: That's Enough
That’s Enough

Hey it’s Christmas time again
The trees are going up
And kids in shopping centres are all crying
The bells are ringing out for the season of joy
And families are arguing and fighting
We’re all spending money that we don’t really have
‘Cause we’ve been told that’s what we gotta do

I sometimes wonder if he’d think
That we haven’t learnt a thing
The only people who are smiling are the money men
We’ve lost sight of the plan
A brotherhood of man
Who turn our backs ‘cause we don’t like the colour of your skin
And we’re all buying stuff that nobody needs
‘Cause we’ve been told that’s how to show our love

Parup a pum pum…

Hey it’s Christmas time again
The trees are going up
And when the bells ring out
Tell your precious ones you love them
‘Cause that’s enough
Yeah that’s enough
You’re enough
And I’m enough
That’s enough


©Genni Kane 2018
Track Name: Worries in Your Pocket
Worries in Your Pocket

You keep your worries in your pocket
On a list worn smooth with time
You talk to me about Jesus
As we wait in line
You are hoping for heaven
And you’re looking for a sign
You hold your finger to the wind
But it’s not time

Hey hey hey!
You are a gentleman James
And I’m falling for you
Though we only just met
Hey, hey, hey
You wear your heart on your sleeve
And we only just met
But I am falling for you

You keep your worries in your pocket
On a list that grows with time
You get up early each morning
And go to bed by nine
You have two beers on a Friday
And you take a taxi home
Where you talk to Jesus
On your telephone

Hey hey hey!
You are a gentleman James
And I’m falling for you
Though we only just met
Hey, hey, hey
You wear your heart on your sleeve
And we only just met
But I am falling for you


And you shake hands with very stranger
And tell them that your name is James
And you say don’t worry about me
I sure hope god has a plan
For this gentle man…


You keep your worries in your pocket
Check them all a thousand times
And while you’re telling your story
I drink a little wine
You have sisters who love you
And they are married to god
You’ve been worrying so long
Oh you break my heart

Hey hey hey!
You are a gentleman James
And I’m falling for you
Though we only just met
Hey, hey, hey
You wear your heart on your sleeve
And we only just met
But I am falling for you



©Genni Kane 2017
Track Name: Dust & Bones
DUST & BONES

My little town
Has a bluestone church
Sitting on a soft green hill
Under an endless sky
She’s cold in the winter
We like it that way
She gets into your heart
And stays

So lay me down
And I’ll be dust and bones
I’ll be dust and bones
When you lay me down
In my little town
I’ll be dust and bones
When you lay me in the ground

My little town
Has a heart so big
Beating like she always did
Been here forever
She’s warm in the summer
But just for a few days
She gets into your soul
And stays

And when it’s dark and quiet
I can see the moon and the milky way
That’s when I get to thinking
That heaven might just be a real place

My little town
She’s beautiful
Lying in the fold of the hills
Looks like she’s sleeping
We only came for a minute
She didn’t see it that way
She wrapped her arms around me
And I stayed



© Genni Kane 2019
Track Name: The Captain of the Ship
The Captain of the Ship

Your world is getting smaller
And the story is the same
As it goes ‘round again
It goes ‘round again
Your story is a sad one
And you still feel the pain
As it goes ‘round again
It goes ‘round again

YOU WERE THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP
AND YOU SAILED ACROSS THE WORLD
NOW YOUR WORLD IS SHRINKING EVERY HOUR, EVERY DAY
YOU WERE THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP
BUT YOU HAVE LOST YOUR WAY

So many miles you walked alone
When you were just 14
And it goes ‘round again
It goes ‘round again
No shoes, no food, no family
Your home a distant dream
And it goes ‘round again
It goes ’round again

YOU WERE THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP
AND YOU SAILED ACROSS THE WORLD
NOW YOUR WORLD IS SHRINKING EVERY HOUR, EVERY DAY
YOU WERE THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP
BUT YOU HAVE LOST YOUR WAY

I see you on the edges
And you don’t understand
As it goes ‘round again
It goes ‘round again
There’s a fog rolling in
And you can’t see the land
As it goes ‘round again
It goes ‘round again

YOU WERE THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP
AND YOU SAILED ACROSS THE WORLD
NOW YOUR WORLD IS SHRINKING EVERY HOUR, EVERY DAY
YOU WERE THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP
BUT YOU HAVE LOST YOUR WAY

So pack your story in your heart and catch the tide once more as you sail away
Your family are all waiting for you…you can hear them call as you
sail away

YOU ARE THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP
AND YOU’VE SAILED THE WORLD AROUND
NOW YOU’RE HOMEWARD BOUND
CALL THE HARBOUR PILOT
TO GUIDE YOU INTO SHORE
YOU ARE THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP
AND THE SHIP WILL SAIL ONCE MORE

YOU ARE THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP
AND YOU’VE SAILED THE WORLD AROUND
NOW YOU’RE HOMEWARD BOUND
CALLING HEAVEN’S PILOT
TO GUIDE YOU INTO SHORE
YOU ARE THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP
AND THE SHIP WILL SAIL…NO MORE


©Genni Kane 2018

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