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Testimonial - Chris Eaton

"True, honest, heart-rending, thought-provoking songs. You can smell the sweat and feel the tears that have gone into creating Val Ockert’s clever, observational lyrics; and they are perfectly accompanied by a voice that sounds like it’s been round the block more than a few times - gritty and full of emotion. Original instrumentation completes the picture and it’s a scene that will have you coming back again to check out the vista. Music seems to come so simply to some people. Val is one of those people."​


Chris Eaton aka Banjovi, Round Mountain Girls


Newer Songs

All The Men © August 2019

  

Where are all the men

With their valour, their vigour and zen

Do they only come by now and then

Tell me, where are all the men?
 

It feels like Lord of the Flies

Old men and young telling lies

Let's try something else on for size

Where are all the men
 

Where are all the men

With their valour, their vigour and zen

Do they only come by now and then

Tell me, where are all the men?
 

Where are all the men

With their valour, their vigour and zen

Do they only come by now and then

Tell me, where are all the men?

 

That's all that I have to say

Doesn't matter now anyway

Thanks for the time of day

But where are the men?

  

Where are all the men

With their valour, their vigour and zen

Do they only come by now and then?

Tell me, where are all the men?

 

Where are all the men

With their valour, their vigour and zen

Do they only come by now and then

Tell me, where are all the men?

Lane Hog Mind with a Timid Heart song lyrics

When the War is Over ©2016

When the war is over

and the healing has begun

When the man and woman

lay down their guns


When the resolution's winning

you put the voodoo doll away

When the crime of passion

is left in yesterday


Hugs and tears

Hugs and tears

They'll go rolling down the years

Hugs and tears


When the war is over

and the righteous can't be found

The bully's under lock and key

With nothing sharp around


Not innocent, not guilty

no adversaries named

Not They nor Them, She nor Him

no one left to blame


​Hugs and tears

Hugs and tears

They'll go rolling down the years

Hugs and tears


He said he kind of loved her

now he thinks he kind of lied

He knows he stopped believing

that she was cheering on his side


It's what he kind of wanted

to turn and walk away

When she didn't want to hold him

didn't want to say


Hugs and tears

Hugs and tears

They'll go rolling down the years

Hugs and tears


When the war is over

and the healing has begun

When the man and woman

lay down their guns


When the resolution's winning

you put the voodoo doll away

When the crime of passion

is left in yesterday


​Hugs and tears

Hugs and tears

They'll go rolling down the years

Hugs and tears

Some Lascivious Lady © 2016; Summer in Sunrise, Byron Bay

They took all my money, left me wondering what to do

They took all my money, left me wondering what to do

But I’ve got a new kind of loving and it goes by the name of you


She used to call me Honey but it didn’t really seem to ring true

She used to call me Honey but it really didn’t seem to ring true

But I’ve got a new kind of loving and it goes by the name of you


I called her Sexy Sadie, she was some lascivious lady that I knew

I called her Sexy Sadie, she was some lascivious lady that I knew

So I hugged her and I kissed and I soothed and I wooed her too.


There’s a shaking in the bedroom, crying on the ward

A’ shaking in the bedroom, crying on the ward

But I’ve got a new kind of loving and it’s one where I’m adored


Pacific Rim ‘a shaking and the blues have climbed on board

Pacific Rim ‘a shaking and the blues have climbed on board

But I’ve got a new kind of loving and it’s one where I’m adored


Now you’re rubbing on my shoulder and whispering give me more

Rubbing on my shoulder, whispering give me more

Saying I know where you’re aching cause I’ve been there before


He took all my money, left me wondering what to do

He took all my money, left me wondering what to do

But I’ve got a new kind of loving and it goes by the name of you

I’ve got a new kind of loving and it goes by the name of you

I’ve got a new kind of loving and it goes by the name of you

​​Lay your burden Down ©2014

Lay your burden down, lay your burden down

When the sun sets on the river

Lay your burden down


Lay your burden down, lay your burden down

When the sun sets on the river

Lay your burden down


Bob and Leonard were singing

About when the deal goes down

Maybe there's too much time spent

Groomin' that precious frown


When you're not really ready

But you wanna hang around

Lay your burden down boys

Lay your burden down


Lay your burden down, lay your burden down

When the sun sets on the river

Lay your burden down


Lay your burden down, lay your burden down

When the sun sets on the river

Lay your burden down


A young lad born to suffer

Beauty with an ugly face

A stumble, a stutter

Or a life devoid of grace


A time to sit and ponder

In the middle of the human race

Lay your burden down friend

Chase it from this place


Lay your burden down, lay your burden down

When the sun sets on the river

Lay your burden down


Lay your burden down, lay your burden down

When the sun sets on the river

Lay your burden down


Staring upon the Mekong

At dusk in Vientienne

Looking upon the Yukon

It's not where but when


A sunny day and sun jewels

Along the edge of the fen

Lay your burden down

Let your burden end


​Lay your burden down, lay your burden down

When the sun sets on the river

Lay your burden down

Be My Darling © Feb 2007

You will always be my darling

I will always search for you

I remember you at the station

Oh how I remember you


Does it come down to a man and a woman

Is it really as simple as this

Are you just one half of the question

With an answer that's too good to miss


You're touching bare wires in my heart

Exposed, they've been there from the start

There's the shock that makes you cling in vain

Let go and it won't come again


Was Eichmann ever sorry,

Would Alexander have rather stayed home

Was Moses just an old hippie

Could Genghis have done it alone


You're touching bare wires in my heart

Exposed, they've been there from the start

There's the shock that makes you cling in vain

Let go and it won't come again


You will always be my darling

I will always search for you

I remember you at the station

Oh how I remember you

So Easy © 2012, walking the beach, Broken Head

I was walkin' the beach this evening

Strolling & thinking & dreaming    

When these words I saw written in the sand

In a hand that was almost prancing

They moved me to sing and start dancing

To a tune so romantic and grand

And it's so easy, so easy,

When the whole world fits in your arms

So easy, So easy

When the whole world fits in your arms


Song comes once in a blue moon

Can't help when it comes as a blues tune,

with beautiful words written in the sand

In a hand that was almost prancing

They moved me to sing and start dancing

To a tune so romantic and grand


And it's so easy, so easy,

When the whole world fits in your arms

So easy, So easy

When the whole world fits in your arms

Here's to the girl who wrote this evening

Before the high tide completely

Removed such beauty written in the sand

In a hand that was almost prancing

They moved me to sing and start dancing

To a tune so romantic and grand


And it's so easy, so easy,

When the whole world fits in your arms

So easy, So easy

When the whole world fits in your arms


The Olds © 1975 early spring, leaving Edmonton

It’s nice to know 

what’s going on down the road

And it’s good to know 

I’ll be driving the Olds.


A long way from madness, 

so little away from sadness

Still out riding on my own


Living with plenty, 

I never leave anywhere empty

Got to somehow find some fuel for the Olds.


It’s big enough to lie to me 

and big enough to glide with me

Through troubled times with ease

Lane-hog mind with a timid heart

You sure do tease


Open the window, 

leaving the snow

Idle for too long, 

it’s you I’ve got to know.


It’s nice to know 

what’s going on down the road

And it’s good to know 

I’ll be driving the Olds.


A long way from madness, 

so little away from sadness

Still out riding on my own


Living with plenty, 

I never leave anywhere empty

Got to somehow find some fuel for the Olds.


It’s big enough to lie to me and big enough to glide with me

Through troubled times with ease


Lane-hog mind with a timid heart

You sure do tease

In Your Own Way © 2009

Give to the world in your own way

Make love to the world in your own way

Let go of the past in your own way

Make all the good things last in your own way


Give to the girls in your own way

Let go of the world in your own way

Make love to the past in your own way

Make all the good things last in your own way


Give to the world in your own way, 

Make love to your girl in her own way

Let go of the past in your own way, 

Make all the good things last in your own way

Edge Of The Prairie

Out on the edge of the prairie

Blows a wind  that's a part of me

You  can hear it in the banjo

You  can hear it in the trees


Blow hard Reach for glory

Breathe deep find some peace

Cold winds, don’t last forever

Even though that’s what it seems

 

Green turns to yellow turns to snow white

Hiding in a hood of fur

Just  when you're thinking you're alright

You start again thinking of her 


Blow hard Reach for glory

Breathe deep find some peace

Cold winds, don’t last forever

Even though that’s what it seems


A chinook arch over the Rockies

Still too early for spring

Merciful glimpse of recovery

From what the northerlies bring


Walkin' © 2012

Walkin'

Walkin'

Walking down the road again


Talkin'

Talkin'

Talking to my girl again

and loving


Thinkin' about the simple things

Children, laughing, dogs and swings

and summer ...

Songs for future albums - with a new genre "Dirty Country"

Lower the Bar © 2010 Lillipilli, Byron Bay

He lowered the bar

Then she lowered the bar

To see how low it goes

Now she's lowering the bar

Just a little too far

Goin' nowhere I suppose


Though vengeance is sweet

It won't put her to sleep

Only Stilnox will tonight

Chewing her nails

Spewing tall tales

​Does she wake up feeling alright


  In the morning

Does she wake up feeling bright

Or does she blame someone

For all the things that don't seem right

Does she know that 

The only way to win

For her own sake

Is to let the past wear thin


He left her right there

And made it quite clear

He wasn’t coming ‘round no more

He hurt her it’s true

But what could he do

With one foot already out the door


  In the morning

Does she wake up feeling bright

Or does she blame someone

For all the things that don't seem right

Does she know that

The only way to win

For her own sake

Is to let the past wear thin


If the story she’s told

Never grows old

Nor put to rest for the night

She might be still there

Huddled in fear

But sadly still up for a fight


In the morning

Does she wake up feeling bright

Or does she blame someone

For all the things that don't seem right

Does she know that

The only way to win

For her own sake

Is to let the past wear thin

Wait For Me © 2014

Comes a time

when all of the newsmen are captured 

and acting like whores

Comes a time

​when everyone's talkin and talking and talkin

about wars


Comes a time

when I'm finally, finally, finally

​closing some doors

Comes a time

​When my my my my my my my my my madness meets yours


Wait for me

on the other side by the sea

on another tide let it be

for another time

Wait for me Wait for me


Comes a time

when all of the newsmen are captured 

and acting like whores

Comes a time

when everyone's talkin' and talkin' and talking

about wars


Comes a time

when I'm finally, finally, finally

closing some doors

Comes a time 

when my my my my my my my my my magic meets yours


Wait for me

on the other side by the sea

on another tide let it be

for another time

Wait for me Wait for me Wait for me ...

Almost © 24 Nov 2017 Coorabell

Everyone 

Has the morning sun

From way back when

They were young


And no one else

Knows your own true self

As you do

As you do


When you are near 

I feel so clear

Almost

Almost


Time is mine

All the stories rhyme

Almost

Almost


Everyone 

Has the morning sun

From way back when

They were young


And no one else

Knows your own true self

As you do

As you do


When you are near 

I feel so clear

Almost

Almost


Time is mine

All the stories rhyme

Almost

Almost


Everyone 

Has the morning sun

From way back when

They were young


Everyone 

Has the morning sun

From way back when

They were young


Everyone 

Has the morning sun

From way back when

They were young

Darkness Down Below © 2017 Coorabell

When the stars are in the heavens

And the moon is on the rise 

And everyone is pleasant

To me tonight

Then I know that I will love you

‘Til the dying of the light

When the stars are in the heavens 

And the moon is on the rise


Flying over Australia

Darkness down below

That’s the way I kinda like it

No electric glow

No one needs to be there

No one needs to go

Flying over Australia

Darkness down below


When the stars are in the heavens

And the moon is on the rise

And everybody’s pleasant

To me tonight

Then I know that I will love you

‘Til the dying of the light

When the stars are in the heavens 

And the moon is on the rise


That Road © 2017 July Coorabell

It’s hard to believe when you’re cryin',

hard to believe on your own

that you are the reason for trying

and you can find your own way home


Sitting on the fence, disabled,

trying to remember that you know

the name tag on your shirt is just a label

and you will find your own way home.


Lately I’ve a mind to say I’m sorry,

a grand idea to settle all my foes

Though the road to hell is paved 

with good intentions

still I’d rather travel that road,

still I’d rather travel that road.

still I’d rather travel that road

Cry for the Children © late 1980s

You’ll be there in the morning

When the angels get it right

I’ll see you my mother

In the middle of the night


We’ll cry for the children,

Cry for the lonely ones

Cry for each other

‘Til the cryin’ is done


Chaos is the moment

Before wonder becomes intellect

Passing is the moment

When your heart feels so bereft


You’ll cry for the children

Cry for the lonely ones

Cry for each other

‘Til the cryin’ is done


Capture the chaos

And you’ll know who I am

The smoke on the wind

The scape of the land


We’ll cry for the children 

Cry for the lonely ones

Cry for each other

‘Til the cryin’ is done