All Bets Are Off

by The Coolites

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Too many people are living in the ghost towns of a life gone wrong. Sometimes in life you've just got to dive-in head-first and damn the consequences. When things feel like they're falling apart then all bets are off! The circumstances have changed, so burn your bridges, take a leap of faith and change direction, say what you think, be authentic, be honest, follow your instincts and trust your gut.

This EP is dedicated to our mate Sam De Brito.

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released June 15, 2016

Peter Colquhoun : Vocals (Track 1, 3)
Simon Gibson: Drums, Guitar
Stewart Cahn: Guitar
Mark Hyland: Guitar, Vocals (Track 5)
Danny Yau: Bass, Vocals (Track 2, 4)
Tim Byron: Keyboards, BV, Bass (Track 1)
Matt Galvin: Lead Guitar, Bass (Track 5)

All music & lyrics by Simon Gibson except:
Track 5 lyrics by Mark Hyland, music by Simon Gibson
All tracks recorded at Damien Gerard Studios
Engineered by Russell Pilling
Except Track 1 recorded by Tim Kevin
Produced by S.Gibson

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Track Name: All Bets Are Off
ALL BETS ARE OFF
(Words & Music: S.Gibson)

We'll burn that bridge when we come to it
We'll dive in when we can
We'll head out into a world unknown
Won't bother with a back-up plan

We'll run up mountains at top speed
Swim for faraway boats
Drive for hours with broken headlights
Not worry about staying afloat

All bets are off
All bets are off

We'll bet on black like we're colourblind
We'll wander down darkened lanes
Spend our money in vintage shops
With dusty window panes

We'll buy tickets on ferries that cross strait
Drink with strangers in leather coats
We'll buy second-hand postcards in second-hand towns
Befriend writers of romantic notes

We'll brew our own beer, surf alone
let nothing stand in our way
we'll trust our hopes and not our fears
until there's nothing left to say

All bets are off
All bets are off

We'll wear worn-out jeans and our favourite shirt
Sleep in woven blankets
Swim in winter in harbour pools
graduate from the school of dissenters

We'll burn that bridge when we come to it
run up mountains at top speed
bet on black like we're colourblind
Carry only what we need

We'll brew our own beer, surf alone
let nothing stand in our way
we'll trust our hopes and not our fears
until there's nothing left to say

All bets are off
All bets are off x2

We'll brew our own beer, surf alone
let nothing stand in our way
we'll trust our hopes and not our fears
until there's nothing left to say

We'll brew our own beer, surf alone
let nothing stand in our way
we'll trust our hopes and not our fears
until there's nothing left to say

All bets are off
All bets are off
Track Name: That is Punk
THAT IS PUNK
(Words & Music: S.Gibson)


A few tattoos and a haircut
Doesn’t make you punk
And 20 beers and a coupla shots
Only gets you drunk

Do it yourself doesn’t mean
Buying a Green Day CD
Punk is more than just wearing
A black Ramones Tee

Follow your instincts
Trust your gut
Question everything
That is punk

Fuck the DJs, we know they’re rubbish
Plug it in and play it loud
And when empty rooms become full
You did it your way, be proud

Everyone’s an individual
But you’re all acting the same
Be a cleanskin, think for yourself
Play your own game

Follow your instincts
Trust your gut
Question everything
That is punk

Johnny Cash, That is punk
Write your own songs, That is punk
Werner Hertzog, That is punk
Follow no-one ,That is punk

Follow your instincts
Trust your gut
Question everything
That is punk

Follow your instincts
Trust your gut
Don’t listen to me
That is punk

Change your surroundings
Make ‘em fit to you
Don’t bend into difficult shapes
To fit in with a crew

Punk’s not really dead
It’s just a little sick
Keep throwing out ideas
Some of them will stick

Follow your instincts
Trust your gut
Question everything
That is punk

Follow your instincts
Trust your gut
Don’t listen to me
That is punk

William Burroughs, That is punk
Vincent Van Gogh, That is punk
Arthur Rimbaud, That is punk
Don’t listen to me,
That is punk
Track Name: Truth, Freedom and Rock N Roll
TRUTH, FREEDOM & ROCK N ROLL
(Words & Music: S.Gibson)


This is my truth, tell me yours
Leave out nothing, include the flaws

Don’t lie to us, uncover the scars
Open the vaults, remove the bars

Truth, freedom and rock n roll
All we need
To save our souls
Truth, freedom and rock n roll
Wake up now, never grow old

Freedom comes, freedom goes
They sell it at a price

They buy up thoughts, buy up truth
Sell us back the lies

Truth, freedom and rock n roll
All we need
To save our souls
Truth, freedom and rock n roll
Wake up now, never grow old

Red is red and white is white
But pink is the new black

Dress it up in pretty colours
Before they sell it back

Truth, freedom and rock n roll
All we need
To save our souls
Truth, freedom and rock n roll
Wake up now, never grow old

Truth, freedom and rock n roll
All we need
To save our souls
Truth, freedom and rock n roll
Wake up now, never grow old

Read a book, start a band
Be your own crowd

Shoot a photo, paint a shirt
The truth will come out loud

Truth, freedom and rock n roll
All we need
To save our souls
Truth, freedom and rock n roll
Wake up now, never grow old

Truth, freedom and rock n roll
All we need
To save our souls
Truth, freedom and rock n roll
Wake up now, never grow old

Freedom, hope, open thoughts
This is my truth
Tell me yours
Track Name: Thank God You're an Atheist
THANK GOD YOU'RE AN ATHEIST
(Words & Music: S.Gibson)

She said show me the sights in the city of lights
Tell me stories of the old town city nights
Fall in love with me all over again
Thank god you’re an atheist
And a thinking man

I said show me the ghost towns
Of a life gone wrong
She just shouted back lines
From a Billy Bragg song

But nostalgia’s not what it used to be
Sleeping here in this new room
We were waiting for our great leap forward
But she left the city pretty soon

I said show me the ghost towns
Of a life gone wrong
She just shouted back lines
From a Billy Bragg song

But we fell in love all over again
In the old town city nights again
And she never, ever came back again
To our forgotten city of lights again

I said show me the ghost towns
Of a life gone wrong
She just shouted back lines
From a Billy Bragg song

She said show me the sights in the city of lights
Tell me stories of the old town city nights
Fall in love with me all over again
I don’t want to change the world
But we do what we can
(Thank god you’re an atheist)
(And a thinking man)

I said show me the ghost towns
Of a life gone wrong
She just shouted back lines
From a Billy Bragg song

I said show me the ghost towns
Of a life gone wrong
She just shouted back lines
From a Billy Bragg song

From a Billy Bragg song
Track Name: Not Even Sure
NOT EVEN SURE
(Words: Mark Hyland Music: Simon Gibson)

My new head, it doesn't fit me
Take it back like it was before
And those new things you were gonna send me
Save 'em for the grandkids, I don't need 'em anymore

Still now, not even sure
The closer I get, the less I know

This new day is gonna last a lot more
Than the old one that I didn't much like at all
My old friends are all married or stupid or not yet dead
This new day has only just begun

Right now, that's not a door
It's just a piece of wood and a hole in the wall

Still now, not even sure
The closer I get, the less I know
Right now, that's not a door
It's just a piece of wood and a hole in the wall