Safe At Sea (demo)

by Gawain Davey

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This is my first solo release. Thanks for listening! :)

Please note, this track is labelled a demo for two reasons: 1) it is a live recording, and 2) it contains only the first 2 verses. The full song has 4 verses - a recording is in the works.

I penned the first verse in the back of my diary, while on a tram. At the time it was mostly poetry, with a vague melody.

I experimented with organ sounds but wasn't convinced. I would often hear my housemate Will improvising long, rich chords, and realised that his accordion would make the perfect accompaniment.

We worked together on the song, with Will creating the beautiful improvised joining sections.


Cold the night when his ship sank
It failed to reach the other bank
And now I stand here quietly
Wishing he were safe at sea.

Cold the northward wind does blow
Freezing water waits below
And though I know she waits for me
They'll say I was lost at sea.


released January 23, 2017
Vocals - Gawain Davey
Button accordion - Will Hoffmann

Lyrics by Gawain Davey
Music composed and improvised by Gawain Davey and Will Hoffmann

Recorded live in Gawain's bedroom, Coburg, 2014

Mastered by David Gild at Audio Artistry

Photo by Yuriy Khimanin

© 2014, 2017 Gawain Davey and Will Hoffmann

Thanks to the songwriting group for their support.



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Gawain Davey Melbourne, Australia

Gawain Davey makes music to appreciate and savour.
A slower, softer sound spectrum... quirky, thoughtful words... restless melodies on a lush bed of changing harmony...
Darkness and light mingle.

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