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Released on March 28, 2014 the 11 tracks on Greg's fourth record span locales and subjects as far afield as New Mexico, jaywalking, the working poor, and surviving summers in the city.

“I love pop songs,” says Greg, “and this time out I think I managed to write a couple. We worked hard on getting hooks in wherever we could, guitar parts, backing vocals, beats – and it worked, these songs get in there. It’s also the most outward looking record song writing wise I demanded more of melodies and trusted the lyrics to take care of themselves.”

Forget the Past (a line from Broken Lights, New Mexico – which contains a backing vocal from The Bad’s singer Dianne Swann) signals a new start for Fleming. Save for guitarist John Segovia – it’s a whole new band The Working Poor – centered around the rhythm section of drummer Wayne Bell and bassist Mark Hughes.

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released January 18, 2014

Greg Fleming vocals, acoustic guitar.
John Segovia- elec gtr
Andrew Thorne - elec gtr
Nick Duirs - piano, bvs
Mark Hughes - bass
Wayne Bell - drums, bvs

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Greg Fleming and The Working Poor Auckland, New Zealand

Greg Fleming is often referred to as a pioneer of alt country in New Zealand. One of his first gigs was supporting Texan legend Townes Van Zandt, afterwards Van Zandt took him aside and told him “don’t ever stop writing” . Greg didn’t and has six critically acclaimed albums bear out Van Zandt's belief. The latest - and third with his band the Working Poor - is To Hell With These Streets. ... more

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Track Name: Nobody
Nobody

She’s got strange ideas,
not as strange as they appear.
Nothing is designed.
Autumn leaves in summertime.

There’s nobody, nobody
nobody (like her)

I empty my mind.
She is there every time,
standing by herself,
talking to the hired-help.

There’s nobody, nobody
nobody (like her)

Nobody (like her)
Nobody close.
She’s the one
I love most.

There’s nobody, nobody
nobody (like her)
Track Name: Working Poor
Working Poor

I went to school my teacher said -
“Working hard is the way ahead.”
I’m 28, still cleaning floors,
My kids still believe in Santa Clause.

We can’t live – on what I earn no more. Welcome to the working poor.

I pay my rent to a man named Xian.
I aint ever seen the man.
We can’t afford groceries.
We get a food parcel from the charities.

We can’t live – on what I earn no more.
Welcome to the working poor.

I don’t vote, I don’t care.
They all look the same from way down here.
My brother cooks for the local mob.
He says - “come on down there’s always a job.”

We can’t live – on what I earn no more.
Welcome to the working poor

Well my wife says we gotta leave
WA pays good salaries
But we can’t afford the fares
She says “go help your brother we gotta get outa here.”
Track Name: Jaywalkers
Jaywalkers

Somebody left an umbrella
On the floor of the train
I take it and walk out into the morning rain.

Rush hour traffic
It don’t stop for anyone
Jaywalkers don’t walk
Jaywalkers run.

Well I used to get coffee
But I don’t drink coffee anymore
I got enough money
Now I’m just time poor.

Woman with a yoga mat
On her back,
waiting at the ATM.
Gucci doorman
Looks like a boxer I know
And then I think again.

Girl with a name tag on her blouse
wants to give me milk.
I stop and I drink some,
Kim says “thanks for your help.”

Jaywalkers don’t walk
Jaywalkers run
And if they get to the other side alive
Jaywalker won
Jaywalker won

Somebody’s in my ear
And the message is about to start
I think I know what I am going to hear
And I think it might break my heart

Crash on the corner
But everybody seems to be ok.
They’re just pissed off that’s all,
It’s just a bad start to the day.

New lovers stroll slow,
And businessmen walk fast,
and pretty girls
always know who’s watching their arse.

I leave the umbrella in the elevator
And walk out to your door.
I know that music,
I’ve heard it somewhere before.

Jaywalkers don’t walk
Jaywalkers run.
And if they get to the other side alive
Jaywalker won,
Jaywalker won.
Track Name: There She Goes
There she goes

Danced too long in the hot sun.
I drank rum.
Got no thinkin’ done.

I met her more than halfway.
I worked all through my holidays.

There she goes,
nobody could’ve known,
the closer I got the further she was going.

Hangin washing’ on the clothesline,
her shoulders moving’ in the sunshine.

Eating mangoes at sunset,
juice dripping down the front step.

There she goes,
nobody could’ve known,
the closer I got the further she was going.

And if I find an answer I’ll let you know,
but I don’t think I’ll find one of those.

Cos there she goes…
Track Name: Summer in the City
Summer in the City

It’s time to forgive.
It’s time to forget,
forget yourself.
It’s a brand new year,
I know the last one kind of smelt.
Get out of bed,
open your eyes.
Sun’s blazing in the sky.

It’s summer in the city,
Let’s get in the car and drive.

Asphalt’s melting,
crickets singin’ songs of love.
Here comes the dust baby,
Wind your window up.
I got the sunblock.
I got the hats.
There’s no turning back.

Cos it’s summer in the city,
Let’s get in the car.
It’s summer in the city
and look where we are…
it’s summer in the city
The streets are empty,
cos everybody’s gone.
Big old buildings
melting in the sun.
Blue skies overhead,
bring that book
that you’ve never read.

Cos it’s summer in the city,
Let’s get in the car.
It’s summer in the city
and look where we are…
it’s summer in the city,
let’s get in the car and drive.
Track Name: Honeysuckle Love
Honeysuckle love


Honeysuckle love,
I feel fine.
Honeysuckle love,
it’s on the vine.

Feel the shift.
Feel the shift.
Things have changed.
Honeysuckle love,
aint no shame.

Get the mixture right.
Live and let live.
Honeysuckle love,
how sweet it is.

Honeysuckle love,
breathe it in.
Honeysuckle love,
it’s in the wind.

Feel the shift.
Feel the shift.
Things have changed.
Honeysuckle love,
aint no shame.

Get the mixture right.
Live and let live.
Honeysuckle love,
how sweet it is.

Honeysuckle love sweeter than time,
on the vine.

Honeysuckle love.
Honeysuckle love.
Honeysuckle love.
Honeysuckle love,
sweeter than time.
Track Name: The Good
The Good

Slow down a little bit baby.
Have you left something on the stove?
You know that I’m a fool for you.
I even got a rose.

I thought we had something special,
All those summer eves.
You got talking to those other girls,
How can I make you see?

The good, good , good
The good side of me

Slow down a little bit baby.
I only want to speak.
Well I made mistakes in my time
How can I make you see?

The good, good , good
The good side of me

That was years ago
You’ll only ever know…

The good, good , good
The good side of me
Track Name: Sleepless Kid
Sleepless Kid

Dad comes in says goodnight
Mum comes in
Turns out the light
But I don’t go to sleep.

I listen through the walls
Hushed voices, closed doors
but I don’t go to sleep

Chorus
I love my Mum.
I love my Dad.
I don’t take any sides,
they love me and they really, really try.
I got to stay awake make
everything alright,
so no-one leaves this house tonight,
so no-one leaves this house tonight.

Dad says we’re not rich anymore.
Mum cries quiet out in the hall,
but I don’t go to sleep.
I think of things they should say.
It’s a little game I play,
but I don’t go to sleep

chorus
Track Name: Cities in the Distance
Cities in the distance

Born in deepest winter where nothing should grow.
His daddy’s drunken body buried in the snow.
As soon as he could understand his mother told him straight.
“I don’t know the answers only God knows your fate.”
Chorus
And there were cities in the distance
Burning in the night
Pockets of resistance
Dying in, dying in the fight
Ohh oh oh oh oh

He left without a word and he rode across the plains,
hung out in the shadows, felt the heat of the flame.
Through corridors he wandered, bounced from deal to deal.
His coat - hard, fast liquor.
His eyes - a dull grey steel.

“Forgiveness is guaranteed.”
He said, “I don’t need that.
“I read the same books as you, I know ‘em front
I know ‘em front to back.”
Oh oh oh oh oh

Marianne she kept in touch, I didn’t want to know.
He looked just like his father. God rest his soul.
The snowfall that night, it broke the records still.
That winter was a killer. That winter was hell. (to chorus)
Track Name: Broken Lights, New Mexico
Broken Lights, New Mexico

I loved you in sickness.
I loved you in health.
I even loved you better
Than I loved myself.

Broken Lights, New Mexico.
The sun at our backs.
I saved you from the river,
all you had to do was ask.

And just like that,
one day we met.
Forget the past
nothing, nothing’s happened yet.

Waitress pour your coffee.
I like mine black and sweet.
I’ll never forget you,
But these days
I don’t think too deep.

And just like that,
one day we met.
Forget the past
nothing, nothing’s happened yet.

Broken Lights, New Mexico.
Souvenir baseball cap.
The desert is so beautiful.
I’m, I’m not coming back.

Broken Lights, New Mexico.
Track Name: Winter Sun
Winter Sun


If the summer sun
is all you know.
When winter comes
where do you go?
If the autumn chill,
it scares you still,
come on let’s run
find the winter sun.

Yesterday
is on the other side.
Here we stay
where it’s warm inside.
Yes, summer’s fun.
Catch the wave and ride.
When it’s done
Find the winter sun.

Tides, dreams and seasons change
and light falls where it can.
On a beach, on a reef,
on your face as you sleep,
as the night closes in.

Watch the waves
crash and roll,
and we all slowly stroll
our coats held tight,
tight against the cold.
And then we run
And then we run, we run, we run.

On a beach, on a reef,
on your face as you sleep,
light falls where it can
as the night closes in.



If the summer sun
is all you know.
When winter comes
where do you go?
If the autumn chill,
it scares you still,
come on let’s run
find the winter sun.