Back in Thailand/ Cambodia and a rake of tunes soundtracking it all

So I’m now back in Thailand, this time at the islands down south, which are absolutely stunning. As close to paradise as I’ve ever seen. We began in Raley beach, just off Krabi which is certainly the most beautiful beach I’ve ever been too. The vibe there was chilled. Lots of rock climbers, which I didn’t really dig, but it was cool to have a few rest days. We’re now on Ko Phi Phi, which again is stunning if very touristy. I think we’re going to be here until wednesday, though I’m thinking of maybe leaving on Monday and doing my own thing for a day or two. I just think I’ll get a wee bit bored here. Although I enjoy swimming and beaches, I don’t really buzz off them.

Anyhow, we got to the islands via a mammoth 23 hour bus journey from Cambodia. Myself, James, two Swedish girls (Anna and Sofia) and Donal from Dundalk hired a taxi to Bangkok, which was relatively cheap and comfortable and then got to Krabi via a tourist guide tip from Andy Cummins (Big up on that one man). Cambodia was great in the end up. The Killing Fields outside Phom Pehn were tough going. Very raw. You could still see bones and teeth in te ground that hadn’t been excavated. It was just tough to see how cruel people can be to one another at times. In Siam Reap t0 we did Angkor Wat. which again was stunning. Not just a pile of rocks!

And that’s pretty much the travel end. Sorry about the lack of detail but I don’t really feel like getting into a big spiel on it. We’re nearing our last weeks in SE Asia and I have to say it’s depressing. It’s truly been amazing here. It kind of feels like Sydney is going to be a step back into reality somewhat and that the holiay end of the trip is over. I know that doesn’t make sense, but it does.

As ever, I’ve been listening to tons of Bruce as earlier posts suggest. I’m loving his new songs. Just uplifting stuff. I needed to hear a tune like this. Again, The Boss’ words seem to correspond with diff bits and pieces within. I’m also loving another new Boss tune, The Wrestler. Just a great great song.

I am really missing gigs.Mates saw Roisin Murphy last week. Love to have been there. Jesse Malin next week, etc, etc. I miss that. Gig nights with the lads. Miss it. I’ll see them soon though. Gig heavy in Oz.

So the tunes. Here’s the tunes that best sum up my mood/ memories/ feelings/thoughts/ reflections/ whatever over the past two weeks:

Tune Number One

Tune Number Two

Tune Number Three (This is absolutely, ABSOLUTELY, stunning) 

Tune Number Four

Tune Number Five (To the Big Dog – Hope your cheered up dude. Keep it firmly…)

I got to throw these lyrics out too. All about the moment and taking a hold. I think the chorus is the best I’ve ever heard.

On a rattlesnake speedway in the Utah desert
I pick up my money and head back into town
Driving cross the Waynesboro county line
I got the radio on and I’m just killing time
Working all day in my daddy’s garage
Driving all night chasing some mirage
Pretty soon little girl I’m gonna take charge

The dogs on Main Street howl
’cause they understand
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister I ain’t a boy, no I’m a man
And I believe in a promised land

I’ve done my best to live the right way
I get up every morning and go to work each day
But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold
Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode
Explode and tear this whole town apart
Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart
Find somebody itching for something to start

The dogs on Main Street howl
’cause they understand
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister I ain’t a boy, no I’m a man
And I believe in a promised land

There’s a dark cloud rising from the desert floor
I packed my bags and I’m heading straight into the storm
Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
That ain’t got the faith to stand its ground
Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
Blow away the dreams that break your heart
Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted

The dogs on Main Street howl
’cause they understand
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister I ain’t a boy, no I’m a man
And I believe in a promised land
I believe in a promised land…

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