Another Mile, Another Minute

by Geoff Achison

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Showcasing all new material and featuring his band, The Souldiggers with some very special guests; this new album showcases Geoff’s ever-evolving song writing flair, flowing effortlessly through a variety of styles. With help from some heavy hitting musical friends including Chris Wilson, Lloyd Spiegel, Shannon Bourne, Susie Ahern & Steve Romig this genre bending record weaves its way through blues, country, rock, funk and folk.

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released March 3, 2017

Geoff Achison: Guitars/Vocals
Roger McLachlan: Bass Guitars
Gerry Pantazis: Drums
Richard Tankard: Keyboards

Plus guests
Chris Wilson, Lloyd Spiegel, Shannon Bourne, Susie Ahern, Steve Romig, Hannah Harwood, Keith Nolan

Songs Composed by Geoff Achison
Arrangements by Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers

Mix Engineer Ben Harwood HS45 Studios
Mastering Engineer: John Ruberto Mastersound Studios

Producers: Ben Harwood, Rob Harwood, 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: High Wire
Something’s gotta blow, something’s gotta give
Too many theory’s on the way I oughta live
And they ain’t got time
For an enquiring mind, so I’m
Infatuated by the rhythm and the rhyme

On a high wire
Halfway between the sky and the dirt
We’re all dancing on a fine, fine line

Trouble on his mind, a monkey on his back
That dude is headed for a heart attack
Building big MacMansions
Was the latest fashion
But heaven knows that love has always been the answer

On a high wire
Halfway between the sky and the dirt
We’re all dancing on a fine, fine line

Any moment of any day
Such a tragedy to wish it all away
Just-a keep on moving
Just-a keep on grooving
No better seat between the solar and the lunar

On a high wire
Halfway between the sky and the dirt
We’re all dancing on a fine, fine line

© Geoff Achison 2011
Track Name: Delta Dave
He tuned up his cheap Stratocaster guitar
Slung it on his back, toting his battery powered amplifier

He rode his bicycle to Bourke Street
And he set up his equipment
He played his blues
For survival and to pay the rent
But he’d brought food for the homeless
And toys for the children
Delta Dave

He sang of Kansas City and Sweet Home Chicago
So far away
His voice was but a whisper but his heart was like a mountain
Delta Dave

And he cast no judgment on the choices others made
He was happy for a dollar from the music that he played
He took what he needed and gave the rest away
Delta Dave

Ooh – ooh – ooh – ooh …
Ooh – ooh – ooh – ooh …

In July of ’99 I guess he figured it was time
He took one last ride to that big blues gig in the sky

And The Age ran a story about an angelic man
Who’d tried to cure the city’s ills with his gypsy blues band
And the hardened & the helpless wrote his eulogy in chalk
On the steps of his stage on the Swanston Street walk
And they venerated his name in the manner of a saint
And if it wasn’t too much … it was a little too late
Delta Dave

Ooh – ooh – ooh – ooh …
Ooh – ooh – ooh – ooh …


© Geoff Achison April 22, 2015
Track Name: Working My Way Back Home
I’m just working my way back home
I’m just working my way back home
I ain’t ever been there before
Working my way back home

Was it there in the music they played
Was it there in a lover’s embrace
This place that I’m searching for
Working my way back home

With every little move that I make
With every little step that I take
There’s a place that I’m searching for
Working my way back home

I’m just working my way back home
I’m just working my way back home
I ain’t ever been there before
Working my way back home

If my spirit should rise to the sky
I’m preparing the whole of my life
There’s a place that I’m searching for
Working my way back home



© Geoff Achison 2012
Track Name: I'm Gonna Ride
I ain’t gonna play it your way
I want no part of this dirty game
‘I know the deal’ said the Ace to the Knave
‘This deck is stacked, and you’re two faced’

Now I’m gonna ride
I’m gonna pack up this broken home
I’m gonna ride away from here

I ain’t gonna grant you the high
Of being the one on whom I’ve come to rely
I’ll you something, that won’t mystify
If you see my ass, I’ll be waving bye-bye

Now I’m gonna ride
I’m gonna pack up this broken home
I’m gonna ride away from here

I’m gonna leave all the things I don’t need
I’ll lock the doors and the windows, and mail you back the keys
This situation is one I can’t win
Either you’re turning me down or you’re turning me in

Now I’m gonna ride
I’m gonna pack up this broken home
I’m gonna ride away from here

© Geoff Achison Mar 2013
Track Name: A New Bad Habit
Well I quit my drinking
I gave up those cigarettes
I’ve even stopped my cussing baby
And placing football bets

I ain’t looking at women
if you know what I mean
And I ain’t been high
Since I don’t know when

Well, I need a new bad habit now
I need a new bad habit now
I need a new … bad habit

Yeah I’m as clean as a whistle
now I’ve got the healthy routine
I part my hair in the middle
I iron a crease in my jeans

And I’m ready to party
So long as I’m home by ten
I’ll be sipping on mineral water
Snacking on an aubergine

I need a new bad habit now
Just some fix to make my brain go ‘wow’
I need a new … bad habit

So I’m on the straight and narrow
But I’m still a rebel inside
I snuck a whole processed sugar cube
Into my herbal tea last night

I was double-dipping
In the chicken-liver pate
I whipped my smart phone out at the dinner
And I sat there checking my Facebook page

I need a new bad habit now
Got to get that buzz baby but I don’t know how
I need a new … bad habit


© Geoff Achison 2013
Track Name: I Wish You Were Mine
When I woke up this morning
Raging fire in my head
Splashing water on my face
Shaking whiskey from my brain

I couldn’t face my breakfast
Bring me coffee instead
I’m just searching for a remedy
To kill these blues stone dead

Baby I
I wish you were mine
Baby I
I wish you were mine

I used to be an honest man
But now I’m lying to myself
As if there’s hope when the one you love
Has moved on with someone else

So I’ve got to hit the highway baby
I’ll try to find some peace of mind
Now I’ve left my heart at the Waffle House
On exit one twenty-nine

© Geoff Achison 2015
Track Name: Another Mile, Another Minute
I can’t drive another mile
I can’t wait another minute
I want to turn this thing around
But I’d let the whole team down
Lose all the gained ground
Cut my heart right down the middle

I made a promise and I meant it
One perfect moment kept for ever
I can hardly remember the words
Or the voices I heard
I was looking into your eyes
Baby I was mesmerised
In my heart I won’t forget it

Another day and I can’t stop thinking about you
Another day and I can’t stop thinking about you

I sat down on the edge of my bed
Staring at the walls of this Super 8 motel
Black Dog howlin’ trying to to deepen my despair
But I just flipped open the catch on my guitar case

I can’t drive another mile
I can’t wait another minute

© Geoff Achison 2015
Track Name: Make No Mistake
I have heard of a ledger
Kept at the pearly gates
Who goes in and who stays out
Is what the ledger says
Well I know that I knew better
In my earthly livin’ days

These marks against my name

But if I’d seen what I’ve seen
Before I saw it happening
If I knew what I know
Before I learned from what I did
I could have anticipated
Every unexpected twist of fate

These marks against my name
Bargaining with the saint
If I could live my whole life over
Make no mistake
I’d make no mistake

I guess I should have seen it coming
And got some spiritual advice
But I never sought enlightenment
Until this afterlife
Now I’m hoping that the overseer
Makes an oversight

Wringing my hands in vain
Bargaining with the saint
If I could live my whole life over
Make no mistake
I’d make no mistake

Mishap and circumstance
Have led to my disgrace
Now won’t you give me one more chance?
Just let me keep my hindsight alive

But if I’d seen what I’ve seen
Before I saw it happening
If I knew what I know
Before I learned from what I did
I could have anticipated
Every unexpected twist of fate

These marks against my name
Bargaining with the saint

© Geoff Achison 2009
Track Name: Dreaming I'm Awake
I tried to leave my baby
But I just can’t break away

My evil hearted angel
Bewitched I’m like a slave

Like smoke up from the ashes
This ghost has lost his way

Ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh

The only crime here is escape
So tired of dreaming I’m awake

Awoken and I’m broken
To sleep is all I crave
And I rage without reason
And I cry without shame

Ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh

The only crime here is escape
So tired of dreaming I’m awake

The only crime here is escape
So tired of dreaming I’m awake

The only crime here is escape
So tired of dreaming I’m awake

The only crime here is escape
So tired of dreaming I’m awake

© Geoff Achison 2013
Track Name: Sum Peeples Got All Da Fonk
Way back in ancient history
When the world had just begun
Some people got the gift of the gab
Some people got a fix of the fab
And some people got all da fonk

I just wanna be that smooth
I just wanna feel that groove
I just wanna hit the dance floor
And maybe even bust a move

But I can count from one to four
And I can count from four to one
But I just can’t get that fonk

Some People have all the fun
Some peoples got all da fonk (x2)

Ya lay the downbeat on the one
Set the groove with the bass and drum
Tune into that other place
And get your inner munky goin’ on

We tried to analyse it
Down at the iFonk lab
We even tried to synthesise it
I got a little smart phone app

I got the riffs from a website link
I tried to think like a fonkster thinks
But I still ain’t got that fonk

Some People have all the fun
Some peoples got all da fonk (x2)

*** INST ***
Talk about, Larry Graham & Bootsy Collins
Professor Longhair and Dr John
Ya getting’ up when they get on down
Ya getting’ off when they get it on

So I went down to Louisiana
To the city of New Orleans
Workin’ out on the old piano
I heard the spaces in between
See you could count from one to four
And you could count from four to one
But you’ve just got to feel that funk

Some People have all the fun
Some peoples got all da fonk (x2)

© Geoff Achison 2011
Track Name: Baby Come Back
Well down town last night I was walking by myself
I started thinking about this girl I used to have
Well I remembered her smile and the way she used to laugh
I could remember the little ring on her hand

You see I came to this town like a two-bob bum
I had the ass hanging out of my jeans
She took me in and turned me right around
I was like the sharpest looking cat you’ve ever seen

I remember I was in love and it was alright

I’ve been down and out, I’ve been run out of town
Sometimes I’ve been kicked around and I felt like a fool
but since my baby leaving well I can’t deal with the feeling
Man it’s cold but it sure ain’t cool

I remember I was in love and it was alright

But now I can’t eat, I can’t sleep
Baby come back
I ain’t complete and I can’t compete
Baby come back

Baby come back
Come back baby
Baby please come back

Well it’s a sad situation when you can’t get to facing losing somebody
And all the time you thought she was depending on you!
She walks out and makes a brand new life for herself
While you sit by the phone hoping she’ll call one afternoon

I remember I was in love and it was alright

But now I can’t eat, I can’t sleep
Baby come back
I ain’t complete and I can’t compete
Baby come back

Baby come back
Come back baby
Baby please come back

Now I've been crying on the phone
I've been crying all alone
I've been thinking about you baby
I can't live without you baby
You see I can’t eat, I can’t sleep
Baby please come back


© Geoff Achison 1991
Track Name: I Need Help
I opened the door and I stepped right in
They said “Sit down and relax now”
They said, “Tell us the problems that you’ve been having
And we’ll try to sort it out now”

I said “Well how this all started I just don’t know
But this woman drives me crazy.
I get to pawing at the ground
And I howl at the moon
But I just can’t keep away.”

If she’s the beauty and I am the beast
If she’s an angel I’m in trouble deep
And I should be ashamed but I just can’t abstain
I need help now

They said “It’s a curious problem but we’ve seen this before
It’s just infatuation.
But you’ve brought this on yourself and you seem beyond help.
That’s our evaluation.”

I said “No, you don’t understand, I’m a fine upstanding man
Nearly all of the time.
It’s just that I get these horns in my head and I start wagging my tail
Any time she walks on by.”

If she’s the beauty and I am the beast
If she’s an angel I’m in trouble deep
And I should be ashamed but I just can’t abstain
I need help now

© Geoff Achison 2014
Track Name: Make My Stand
Mmmm …
I’m gonna make my stand someday
Mmmm …
I’m gonna make my stand someday

I don’t know if the sky may fall
I don’t know if the rain might pour
But I can feel the earth shakin’ now
And I’m afraid to die
Before my time

Mmmm …
I’m gonna make my stand someday
Mmmm …
I’m gonna make my stand someday

I don’t know if the stars align
I don’t know if this fate is mine
But I can feel the earth quakin’ now
And I’m afraid to die
Before my time

© Geoff Achison 2015