20th Anniversary Concert 1994​-​2014

by Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers

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Fantastic 20th Anniversary live concert recorded at The GH venue in Melbourne, Australia March 2014. Geoff & the band perform a smoking set with some of their best loved songs spanning two decades of inspired, instinctive music making. The gig was also filmed and made available as a double-disc CD/DVD package.

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released November 16, 2014

Geoff Achison: Guitar/Vocals
Mal Logan: Keyboards
Roger McLachlan: Bass Guitar/Backing Vocal
Gerry Pantazis: Drums

Live Recording by Rob Harwood
Mixed by Ben Harwood
Video production by David Loader
Artwork by Kris Morris

All songs by Geoff Achison

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Geoff Achison Melbourne, Australia

Electric/Acoustic artist traveling the globe as a soloist and employing the best musicians available to form his dynamic band. Geoff Achison has established himself as a firm favourite on UK, US and Oz blues/roots scenes. After many years living and touring in America’s deep south, Geoff continues to refine his unique playing style and grow his repertoire drawing on a heart full of experience. ... more

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Track Name: Tell Me Something I Don't Know
On the workman’s bench
There was the words of a fool
He bent them and he shaped them
Into a tower of jewels

Someone tell me something that I don’t know

He said I never have lied
He said I never have failed
But he was hitching a ride
As he was pitching a sale

Someone tell me something that I don’t know
Someone tell me something that I don’t know

It seems you’re not what you say
Let’s say I’m not what I seem

Well we let him keep talking
And that was more than he knew
Til he was backed up in the corner
With the words dripping on his shoes

Someone tell me something that I don’t know
Someone tell me something that I don’t know

© Geoff Achison 1997
Track Name: Crazy Horse
I dreamt I was an Indian
On the Wyoming plain
Wrapped up in a buffalo robe
Low down in the dirt
Dabbing on my war paint

I was thinking ‘bout my homeland
Thinking ‘bout my woman and child
I was waiting for the bluecoats
Them murdering liars
I was thinking it’s a good day to die

Crazy Horse people, Red Cloud sky
Crazy Horse people, Red Cloud sky

I dreamt I was a soldier
In the US cavalry
Sat tall on a chestnut steed
My pride and my joy
Hunting for the savage enemy

I was thinking ‘bout my hometown
Thinking ‘bout a girl I used to know
I’ve got one more silver dollar
Til I next get paid
I was thinking it’s a long way home

Crazy Horse people, Red Cloud sky
Crazy Horse people, Red Cloud sky

I dreamt I was an eagle
In the Wyoming sky
Soaring high above
On my eagle wings
Watching with my eagle eye

A symbol of freedom
An omen for the brave
I saw a silver eagle
On a blood soaked coin
An eagle feather in a dead man’s hair

Crazy Horse people, Crazy Horse people
Crazy Horse people, Red Cloud sky

© Geoff Achison 2004
Track Name: Rule The World
Anything you say
Anything you do
Good or bad
Will come right back on you
The earth keeps spinning
Like a tilt-a-whirl
Why don’t wise men
Ever want to rule the world?

Rich folks here
Poor folks there
There’s more than enough
For the whole round world to share
The earth keeps spinning
Like a tilt-a-whirl
Why don’t wise men
Ever want to rule the world?

Well I try and I try
To make a difference in my life
But time is tight
Just trying to make a living

Are there too many chiefs
And not enough braves
Too many thieves
Just carving up this place?
The earth keeps spinning
Like a tilt-a-whirl
Why don’t wise men
Ever want to rule the world?

© Geoff Achison 2004
Track Name: Natch'l Fax
She walk that walk and she talk like that
You just can’t hide from a natural fact
Make you steal, she can make you lie
She can make you spend your last dime

Any sight, any scent, any sound
You’ve got to turn your head around
You think it’s heaven that you crave
But if looks could kill you’d be in your grave

It would be good if it weren’t so bad
It would be fine if it weren’t so sad
And that’s a natural fact

I can recall when it all began
The demon awoke and he took my hand
I have been cursed from that day on
And I cannot leave the girl alone

Any sight, any scent, any sound
I’ve got to turn my head around
It makes no sense speaking logically
But I have been damned, it’s not up to me

It would be good if it weren’t so bad
It would be fine if it weren’t so sad
And that’s a natural fact

Too late to be
Trying to educate me
I just don’t learn my lesson

Any sight, any scent, any sound
I’ve got to turn my head around
It makes no sense speaking logically
But I have been damned, it’s not up to me

It would be good if it weren’t so bad
It would be fine if it weren’t so sad
And that’s a natural fact

© Geoff Achison 1998
Track Name: Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve were on Easy Street
They lived together and they almost made it
Were tempted by a forbidden sweet
The dark side well they just had to taste it

Ever be

Naked on a sandy beach
No place could be safe from the strangers
The white peril from across the sea
It was too late for the unlucky nations

Ever be
This will ever be

And your God looks down
And your devil may grin
Still I don’t believe
I don’t believe the innocent sin

Born into a broken dream
A sharp mind but it ain’t gonna help him
Drugged out down on Easy street
And locked up for the crime of the century

Ever be
How could this ever be?

And your God looks down
And your devil may grin
Still I don’t believe
I don’t believe the innocent sin

© Geoff Achison 1995
Track Name: Jungle
So you’re searching for the real thing
Just what matters to yourself
Not so much now, just enough now
To consider it your wealth

Could be a small house out in the country
A brand new invention for the common good
And you’re blessed with best intentions
Let’s go walking through the woods

Building your nest, collecting eggs
Count your chickens, catch that goose
Watch your back now, ride your fences
‘Cos the circus is on the loose

JUST LIKE LIVING IN A JUNGLE OH YEAH
THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHIN’ COMING FOR YA

Could be the taxman, maybe a partner
Could be the devil in disguise
Throwing a spanner to what you’re working
Turning tables overnight

Even a lion has got to chill out sometimes
If he don’t need, he just won’t kill
But 60 million dollar man
Have he will, have he will

JUST LIKE LIVING IN A JUNGLE OH YEAH
THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHIN’ COMING FOR YA

And the law here in this jungle
Is everything shall have it’s place
So don’t get bitter, just get stronger
You’ve got to run your race

JUST LIKE LIVING IN A JUNGLE OH YEAH
THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHIN’ COMING FOR YA

© Geoff Achison 1996
Track Name: One Ticket, One Ride
Hocus Pocus
A pocket full of spells
You can do hoodoo
Scratch a coin on the wishing well

Magical potions
Zodiacal signs
A cosmic commotion
Blackbirds in a pie

One Ticket, One Ride (x4)

Tick-tock, tick-tock
Running out of sand
Waitin’ at the station
Yeah, with a ticket in my hand

Instamatic moolah
A stash o’ cold cash
Maybe a million gazillion
Nah, too bad I’ve got to play again

One Ticket, One Ride (x4)

Never you mind
If the nickel fails
You can keep on playing
‘Til your lucky day

One Ticket, One Ride (x4)

© Geoff Achison 2008
Track Name: Magic Belt
I’ve got a magic belt
And a flying cape
When world’s in trouble
I’m on my way
It ain’t easy
To be there in the nick of time

Like a lightning strike
Across the sky
A thunderbolt
Prepared to fight
The bad guys fall
And the villain never wins

How many more years
Can this battle go on?
How many more years
Have I got to fool myself?
This time my work is done

When good and evil
Come face to face
I guess I’ll go
And take my place
And never question
Which side I am truly on

How many more years
Can this battle go on?
How many more years
Have I got to fool myself?
This time my work is done

© Geoff Achison 2006
Track Name: Help Yourself
No-one wants you
No-one loves you
Until you love yourself one time

No-one needs you
No-one heeds you
Until you heed yourself one time

It just might scare you
Anything you care about
But if you don’t dare to
Who is gonna bother trying to cut you down?

No-one minds you
No-one finds you
Until you find yourself one time

No-one owes you
No-one knows you
Until you know yourself one time

It just might scare you
Staring at the top of the hill
But if you don’t dare to
Who is gonna follow when you’re standing still?

No-one tells you
Nobody can help you
Until you help yourself one time

And once you taste it
Keep taking your sweet time
‘Cos once you make it
You’ll be standing on the top thinkin’ it’s better to climb

No-one tells you
Nobody can help you
Until you help yourself one time

© Geoff Achison 1997
Track Name: Living In Fear
Looking out my window
Watching all the traffic running by
Everybody’s on their journey
Trying to live their own sweet life

Well I’m tired of living in fear
And I’m tired of locking my front door

Searching all the faces
Trying to see who’s out to get me
Suspicious of my neighbors
Am I living with the enemy?

Well I’m tired of living in fear
And I’m tired of locking my front door

Turning off my TV
Turning off my radio too
I’ve got a mind to change my mind
I’ve got a mind to change my attitude

Well I’m tired of living in fear
And I’m tired of locking my front door

© Geoff Achison 2004
Track Name: Be Careful What You Wish For
Be careful what you wish for
You know some day it may come true (x 2)
Money makes you mean
Fame will eat you up
And I just might lose my mind over her

She’s love in motion
I only speak it like I see (x 2)

I wished to have her near me
Why don’t I ever learn?
When I just might lose my mind over her

Be careful what you wish for
You know some day it might come around (x 2)

Money makes you mean
Fame will eat you up
And I just might lose my mind over her

© Geoff Achison 1998