Another Day on the Ferry

by Nick Florent

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1.
Just Another Day on the Ferry It’s just another day on the ferry Just another day on the ferry Someone is playing with his mobile game Clicking and buzzing gonna drive me insane Someone is talking so loud on the phone All the way out and all the way home Put on your headphones and turn it up loud Drown out the noise away from the crowd and free It’s just another day on the ferry Just another day on the ferry Guy behind’s got his knees in my back One day I’ll turn round and give him a whack Someone is clipping his nails, it’s a treat saved for the ferry so he won’t have to sweep Finish your breakfast and wrap it up neat Put on the floor or under your seat, and go It’s just another day on the ferry Just another day on the ferry First Ferry is happy to welcome you aboard No smoking please it’s for your own good Life jackets, safety belts, some other things Please put your rubbish into the bins It’s just another day on the ferry Just another day on the ferry Get in to Central and queue by the door Someone walks round you to get off before … you let her go first, she’s in hurry Get out the door and she walks so slowly Walk up the ramp and get out of there Out of the crowd and out of the pier and free It’s just another day on the ferry Just another day on the ferry
2.
Retirement Song I’m home, home as much as I can be Yes I’m home, sitting on my balcony I ain’t got no deadlines, no bosses chasing after me. I had a job but they laid me off Now I work for myself or don’t if I want I’m free, there ain’t nobody chasing me I got some money in the bank and a wifey looking after me Now, all you people working won’t you listen to my song You don’t need to those bosses, just to get along I’m free, there ain’t nobody chasing me I got some money in the bank and a wifey looking after me I’m home, home as much as I can be Yes I’m home and I’m free and I’m sitting on my balcony I ain’t got no bosses, no deadlines looming over me.
3.
I Will Do it for You Anything you want just tell me do and I will do it for you If you have a wish just tell me do Anything you want I will do it for you Any wish you have, just tell me do and I will make it come true If you have a shadow haunting you on a moonlit night Let me at it, Baby, and I will teach it wrong from right Anything you have making you feel blue I'll undo it for you Anything you want, anything I can do I will do it for you Anything you want, anything at all just tell me, Honey, I’m at your call Any wish you have, just tell me do and I will make it come true
4.
Cantonese Blues With Cantonese, I’m on my knees I can’t get it into my head I’m trying and I’m crying Leaning Cantonese is a bitch. The tones go up, the tones go down The tones go round and round Can’t get them right, try as I might Leaning Cantonese is a bitch. Hong Kong Chinese, oh help me please. Don’t always speak to me in English. Don’t use sign language or some such shit-ch Leaning Cantonese is a bitch. Yeah, Cantonese, it’s such a breeze It blows right through my head I can’t get better; I’m still a beginner Leaning Cantonese is a bitch. Sometimes I try, and people reply I speak Cantonese but they speak English. They look at my face, and see my race Leaning Cantonese is a bitch. So you Chinese, oh help me please. Don’t always speak to me in English. Don’t use sign language or some such shit-ch Leaning Cantonese is a bitch.
5.
Come Home, Honey Come on, Honey Come home with me Come on home and stay all night We can be happy, just like a story We‘ll be happy on Saturday night I wanna see you. You wanna see me We’ll be happy if you come on home with me Meet me on the corner Under the cherry tree Bring your hat and coat and be ready to walk I’m ready to walk now, ready to court now Waiting to see what you will do Come on home, you know it’s all right We’ll be happy if you come on home tonight Come home, Honey Come home with me Come on home and stay all night We can be happy. We can write a story We can be happy on a Saturday night Come on home, you know it’s all right We’ll be happy if you come on home tonight Meet me on the corner Under the cherry tree Bring your hat and coat and be ready to walk I’m ready to walk now, ready to court now Waiting to see what you will do I wanna see you. You wanna see me We’ll be happy if you come on home, you’ll see.
6.
03:33
Nathan Road Driving down Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui, that's my goal Find a bar, and have a drink Meet a man, he’s on the street “Copy watch, buy a suit Want some dope, prostitute Come my place in Chung King Mansions, Smuggle gold, just imagine, just imagine!" Cross the harbour, a Wan Chai bar A thousand dollars, won't get you far Out on the street, cruise along Meet that man, same old song “Copy watch, want a suit Massagee or prostitute Come my place in Chung King Mansions, Smuggle gold, just imagine, just imagine!” Lan Kwai Fong is the place to go My friends are there, yeah all gweilo Club 64, not there today But here's that man, he won't go away “Tailor’s shop, buy a suit Want to score or prostitute Come my place in Chung King Mansions Smuggle gold, just imagine, just imagine!” Back again, in Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui, yeah that's my home Getting on, feel like a king But meet that man, saying those damn things “Copy watch, buy a suit Massagee, prostitute Come my place in Chung King Mansions, Smuggle gold, just imagine, just imagine!”
7.
Ubiquitous TV There’s a TV on the ferry, and in the waiting hall TV on the buses and TV on the wall TV in the canteen, TV by the lift TV in the corridor, you start to get my drift? If you want to watch the TV, you can do it all the time But if you don't want to watch it, you're stepping out of line TV on the campus, see them on the way Nothing much is on them, there's nothing much to say TVs show infotainment, watch them while you wait Extra long advertisements will keep you up to date See the TVs everywhere; see the people stop and stare If you don't like it, you can't hide anywhere This one has an advert for turning off the light Why not turn off the TV and get it out of sight TVs in the restaurant, watch them while you eat TV almost everywhere, you can watch that silver screen If you want to watch the TV, you can do it all the time But if you don't want to watch it, you're stepping out of line
8.
Can’t Do it by Myself Come, around me, you know I need your help Can’t do it alone; I can’t make it by myself Oh please listen to me; you know I can’t make it on my own Oh you magic woman, you’re everything to me. I need you now I can’t make it on my own. I know I didn’t help you, but you wanted it that way When you pushed me out the door and sent me on my way I don’t want to cause you trouble, but you know I can’t make it all alone Oh you magic woman, you’re everything to me. I need you now I can’t make it on my own. Something I’ve always known is I’m not very good I need someone to help me, so help me if you would Oh, please … you know I can’t make it all alone Oh you magic woman, please come back to me. I need you now I can’t make it on my own.
9.
03:23
Canon Man I’ve got a cannon, gonna shoot it take a photo and ain’t it good. Put it on Facebook and you can comment, and say you like it, and ain’t it good. I got a tripod, I got a zoom lens, a lot of money, but ain’t it good. I’m the Canon man Yes, I’m the Canon man. Take pictures where I can, cos I’m the Canon man. I go to Cheung Chau, take a photo, It’s a building and ain’t it good. A lot of people and they’re all like me with their cameras but ain’t we good. Some have Canon, some have Nikon Some Olympus, but they’re all good. I’m the Canon man. Yes, I’m the Canon man. I take pictures where I can, ‘cos I’m the Canon man. I go to Tsim Sha Tsui, I go to Causeway Bay I go to Ma On Shan, I’m the Canon man Go to Stanley Fort, I go to Repulse Bay Go to Chi Ma Wan, I’m the Canon man I’m Canon man. Yes, I’m the Canon man. I take pictures where I can, ‘cos I’m the Canon man. I got a camera, it’s a Canon I go to Cheung Chau and take some pics. I take the temple, I take the playground, I take the street food and ain’t it good. Put them on Facebook, and you can comment, And say you like them, and ain’t they good. I’m the Canon man. Yes, I’m the Canon man. I take pictures where I can, cos I’m the Canon man.
10.
Bicycles: The Curse of Cheung Chau Bicycles are the curse of Cheung Chau Bicycles, you ride anyhow Bicycles, yeah, you park anywhere Seems like you just don’t care Bicycles are the curse of Cheung Chau Bicycles, yeah, you ride anyhow It’s an accident waiting to happen I’m surprised you ain’t hit me by now. Bicycles, weaving in and out the crowd Seems like you don’t want to slow down Bicycles, always ringing the bell You want me to move? Well, you can go to hell Bicycles are the curse of Cheung Chau Bicycles, you just ride anyhow It’s an accident waiting to happen I’m surprised you ain’t hit me by now. You’re only allowed to ride one person on a bike And not on the Praya on Saturday night You all know it but you all break the rule The police enforce it once in a blue moon Bicycles are the curse of Cheung Chau Bicycles, ah, you just ride anyhow It’s an accident waiting to happen I’m surprised you ain’t hit me by now. Bicycles, always flash through the crowd Slow down, for crying out loud Bicycles, you’re gonna hit me one day Bicycles, you better keep out my way Bicycles are the curse of Cheung Chau Bicycles, yeah, you ride anyhow It’s an accident waiting to happen I’m surprised you ain’t hit me by now.
11.
Telephone Zombies I was going down the backstreet the other day I saw this girl, she was kind of in my way Going down the street she’s looking at her screen I think she’s gonna walk straight into me ‘Cos she’s a Telephone Zombie She’s a Telephone Zombie She’s a Telephone Zombie and she’s walking straight at me Going through the corridors of Central station A whole lot of people coming my way None of them seems to be looking where they’re going They might bump into me, there’s no way of knowing, ‘Cos they’re Telephone Zombies They’re all Telephone Zombies Yeah, they’re Telephone Zombies and they’re walking straight at me Now we’ve all got telephones, we can’t do without them Always take them with us when we go out, then we can message friends, see what they’re doing Looking at the map, we can find where we’re going Yeah we’re Telephone Zombies We’re all Telephone Zombies Yeah we’re Telephone Zombies That’s right, you and me (one more time) Telephone Zombies We’re all Telephone Zombies Yeah we’re Telephone Zombies That’s right, you and me
12.
6:39am: Running for the Ferry I'm running for the ferry, it's A.M. 6:39 Yeah I'm running for the ferry, it's AM 6:39 Got to catch the ferry got to get to work on time I'm sitting on the ferry and sweating all over the floor I'm sitting on the ferry and sweating all over the floor When I get to Hong Kong, you know I'm gonna sweat some more Cos I'm working in the morning working yeah I’m working in the night time too I'm working in the morning - working in the nighttime too A poor boy in Hong Kong, what else can I do? I dream of love in the morning, love in the nighttime too Love in the morning, love in the nighttime too A poor boy in Hong Kong, what else can I do? I'm running for the ferry, it's P.M. 10:29 I'm running for the ferry, it';s PM 10:29 Got to catch the ferry got to get back home tonight Got to catch the ferry got to get back home tonight

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Another Day on the Ferry by Nick Florent

“Someone is playing with his mobile game, clicking and buzzing gonna drive me insane,” so starts the first verse of the opening song. It’s “just another day on the ferry” for a commuter from Cheung Chau, a small, somewhat eccentric island some ways away from the busy streets of Hong Kong. There aren’t any cars on the island – but a lot of bicycles, which are the curse of Cheung Chau according to multi-instrumentalist bluesman and resident Nick Florent.

Many of the songs focus on distinctive details of Hong Kong life. The tailor’s shops that proliferate around Nathan Road – a tourist hub – are victims of Nick’s acerbic wit along with Chungking Mansions, the infamous building where you can buy anything: “Copy watch, buy a suit; massagee, or prostitute” runs the chorus.

Nick’s keen eye for the oddities of expat life also homes in on overzealous photographers, telephone zombies, ‘walking straight at me,’ and the ubiquitous TVs – found in most restaurants, by lifts, in waiting rooms, and yes, even on the Cheung Chau ferries!

If you’ve experienced these things, you’ll enjoy the songs. If you haven’t, you’ll acquire some keen insights into Hong Kong life by listening to them.

credits

released November 11, 2019

All songs written by Nick Florent – with some lines stolen from Evan Binkley & Nirwan Moktan. Recorded on Cheung Chau. Thank you to everyone who helped, especially all musicians, who played for free.

Nick: guitars - acoustic, electric & steel guitar; ukulele, harmonica, vocals.

Guest Musicians:
Drew Binkley: drums – on 1, 2, 5, 10, 11
Evan Binkley: bass – on 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
Graeme Morris: guitar – on 1, 7, 9; backing vocals on 11
James Wolfe: drums - on 4, 6, 7, 8, 9; cajon & tambourine – on 3, 12
Jean-Edouard Aguié: sousaphone – on 3
Jean-Emmanuel Bizien: keyboards – on 3
Maryjane Alejo: vocals – on 1, 3, 5, 7, 11
Oliver Smith: clarinet – on 3, saxophone – on 11
Roland Salcedo: keyboards – on 4
Roy Stark: mandolin – on 7


Recorded by Alekss [►►△Tree-Angles],
Mixed and mastered by Damien Tillaud and Alekss
Cover design by Sophie Bizien
Release on Pomegranate Sounds POMS006

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