Dead Man's Garden

by Tim Hulsman

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Arguably Tim's best work to date, this album is a compelling journey from beginning to end. A dynamic ride through emotional landscapes leaving the listener positive and thoughtful by the end.

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released July 4, 2014

Engineered and produced by Tristen Bird, (Bird On The Wires) using analogue and digital recording equipment in Vic, Australia.
Mastered by Wayne at Suture Mastering, Adelaide.
All music and lyrics by Tim Hulsman except:
Goodnight Irene - Ledbetter/Lomaxh]K© 1936 renewed 1998 TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc. –BMI
Sweet Surrender - Tim Hulsman & Nina Grant
Graphic design by Emily Mawson.
Photography by Adam Cleary and Will Cook

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Tim Hulsman Geelong, Australia

Slide guitarist and soulful singer/songwriter Tim Hulsman is fresh and memorable. Accompanied by a dynamic and sensitive band, he shares his heart-wrenching story with startling openness and naked emotion.
His latest album "GET LOVED!" is a melting pot of his favourite music influences distilled into a distinctive sound and style of his own. Watch this space for Release dates.
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Track Name: Sweet Surrender (Feat. Nina Grant)
Sweet Surrender
Lyrics and Music by Tim Hulsman & Nina Grant


I could sit here all night
Trying to write a love song
But all I need is just one little thing
And that’s for you to come along

For that sweet surrender
I’m always trying to find
That sweet surrender
Maybe it’s alright.

I probably know a hundred ways
To make this pain go away
But all the drinking and escaping I could do
Will only keep me from meeting you

And that sweet surrender
Oh it takes my breath away
Yeah that sweet surrender
Maybe it’s OK.

I have played the game like a wild one
Always found my solace on the run
But the end came to my selfish ride
The moment I gazed into your eyes

And that sweet surrender
You know I’m always trying to fight it
Yeah that sweet surrender
Maybe it’s alright…
My baby is all right.
Track Name: Dead Man's Garden
Dead Mans’ Garden Music and Lyrics by Tim Hulsman


Well I’ve been workin’ in a dead mans garden
I’ve been pullin’ up that dead mans weeds
I’ve been water that dead mans flowers
While he’s been pushin’ up daisies all around me

Yeah I’ve been working in a dead mans garden
I’ve been mowin’ down that dead mans lawns
I’ve been fightin’ back that dead mans hedges
And I’ve got goose flesh all over because…

‘Cos I can feel that dead man a-watchin’
And I know he ain’t too hard to please
Just as long as that dead man pays me
I don’t mind…that he gives me the creeps

Well I‘ve been workin’ in a dead mans garden
I’ve been rakin’ up that dead mans leaves
And I “dead-head” that dead mans roses
Then I leave that place all nice and neat



‘Cos I can feel that dead man a-watchin’
And I hope he ain’t too hard to please
That dead man, he’s always paid me
So I don’t mind…that he gives me the creeps


Well now I lay down, in that dead mans grass
For a moment there, I rest my bones
‘Cos I’ve worked so hard, in that dead mans yard
But I never feel quite alone

‘Cos I can feel that dead man a-watchin’
And I know he ain’t too hard to please
Just as long as that dead man pays me
I don’t mind…that he gives me the creeps

I need the dough…
So I’ll be back here…
Next week…
Track Name: Fire Storm
Fire Storm By Tim Hulsman

Smoke gets in your eyes but you don’t know, ‘cos you’re too busy crying
And you blame it on yourself and everything that’s ever happened in your life.
Everyone you’ve ever known has missed the point that everything is dying
And you can’t even tell if that’s true…Is everything a lie?

So baby just put your armour down
Let me come and put my arms around you
If you just hold me close you’ll know
It’s alright I found you
If you just hold me close you’ll know
I was always gonna find you.

I want to hold you through this Fire Storm
It’s burning all around you
Hold me through this Fire Storm
I’ll put my arms around you
And if you just hold me close you’ll know
It’s alright… I found you

Smoke gets in your eyes but you don’t care, you’re too busy crying
You can’t see the flames but the pain is eating you alive
No-one’s ever told you what to do how’re you going to survive?
When everything you’ve ever loved
Has loved you less and sucked your water dry.

So baby just put your armour down
Let me come and put my arms around you
If you just hold me close you’ll know
It’s alright I found you
If you just hold me close you’ll know
I was always gonna find you.

I want to hold you through this Fire Storm
It’s burning all around you
Hold me through this Fire Storm
And if you just hold me close you’ll know
I was always gonna find you (x3)
It’s alright… I found you
Track Name: You Are A Mountain
You Are A Mountain Lyrics and Music by Tim Hulsman

If I had to climb
Climb over you
I know I could not do it.

Because you are a mountain
So high is your peak
That I know that I could not reach
And I’d die trying.

You are a mountain to me,
I cannot breath.

If I had to be
A better man for you
I know that I would do it.

And if I had to fly
To be by your side
I know that I could do it
I could find a way
And we’d fly away.

You are a mountain to me,
I cannot breath.
I cannot breath.
I cannot breath.
Track Name: Things In Cages
Things In Cages Music and Lyrics by Tim Hulsman


Filling up on serenity
Drinking the tea cup of vanity
Killing time in silence
Child like with innocence

I’m reading a new prayer to sanity
I question the depth of our wealth
I’m waiting and waiting and waiting for…
A license to carry me over the hill

And it doesn’t seem to matter to the human race
That nothing’s ever happy, living in a cage
Yeah it does seem to matter to the human race
That nothing’s ever happy…in a cage

Can you believe we’ve been here so long
Chasing rainbows and the dream to belong
We’re smiling into the wide open-less-ness, less-ness
And we’re filling our hearts to the brim
Filling our cups to the brim
Filling our bowls to the brim
Filling ourselves to the point of sin

And it doesn’t seem to matter to the human race
That nothing’s ever happy, living in a cage
Yeah it does seem to matter to the human race
That nothing’s ever happy, living in a cage
We’re living in a cage…In a cage.

All the things in cages say
Yes, all the things in cages say
Can you leave those cracks and slivers,
To let some light shine in?
And just leave those doors wide open
To let some fresh… air… in.
Track Name: Song For Arlo
Song For Arlo Music and Lyrics by Tim Hulsman

It’s amazing what comes, when you don’t ask for it
Just be content in this beautiful world
The Earth will provide,
Just when you need it most
Won’t ask for much in return,
She won’t ask for much in return.

Oh Oh OOOOoh oh oooh!

Little Darlin’ can’t you see?
The whole world is right at your feet
And my love is as big as the Sun…
It’s all yours, because you are The One.

It’s not so hard, to love everyone
Just see them as part of your big old self.
There’s day and there’s night,
Inside every precious soul
So don’t be afraid of the dark
Don’t be afraid of the dark

Oh Oh OOOOoh oh oooh!

Little Darlin’ can’t you see?
The whole world is right at your feet
And my love is as big as the Sun…
It’s all yours, because you are The One.
Track Name: Hold Your Head High
Hold Your Head High Music and lyrics by Tim Hulsman.

You can’t always be around, to turn me upside down
You won’t always be the one, to show me how to be a man.

You can’t always get it right, when you’re walking in the night
You won’t always find your way, through the crowds to get away.

But baby I know, that you’ll try until you’re gone
You’ll hold your head high, though it’s travel weary worn
Baby I know, you’ll be fine.

You can’t always be the strong, be the bass line of the song
You won’t always find the key, searching for that harmony.

You can’t always take the pain, when it’s time and time again
You won’t always save the day, when your mind’s a little frayed.

But baby I know, that you won’t give up the fight
You’ll hold your head high, though there’s just no end in sight
Baby I know, you’ll be fine.

You won’t always stay the same, though I know you’ll never change
You don’t always smile and play, when it rains and rains for days.

But baby I know, that you’ll fight until you’re all done
You’ll hold your head high, ‘til the battle has been won
And baby I know, you’ll be fine…(x 2)
Baby I know………..because you’re my kind.
Track Name: Yours Finally (Feat. Nina Grant)
Yours Finally Music and Lyrics by Tim Hulsman

Well I’m breaking all the rules I set myself
These walls I’ve built around my aching chest
And the things I thought would scare me half to death
Now I just take one look at you and I’m ready for the next

I said I’d never be a married man
There’s too much fun to be had around this town
And even if I fell for you I love my freedom babe
I never knew that they could be…One and the same.

So I broke that stupid promise to myself
I said I’d never give my heart to someone else
But you’ve got to give you heart…
Willingly…
So it can truly be, yours finally
So I can, truly be, yours… finally
Track Name: Silly Old Me
Silly Old Me Music & Lyrics by Tim Hulsman


I thought that I could make you smile
If I showed you my serious side
Yeah I thought that I might make you smile
Silly me, silly old me

Well I thought that all your tears would dry
If I fixed all your problems and pain
Yeah I thought that I could dry your tears
Silly me, silly old me

They say that the fool is the wisest of all
He just laughs at the world even though it be cruel
And there’s tears in his eyes
Tears in his smiling eyes

I thought that I could change the world
Make it better make it safer for you
Yeah I thought that I could change your mood
Silly me, silly old me

I didn’t know that you’d feel so low
That you’d bury your head in the sand
So please forgive this silly old clown
For leaving his heart in your hands.

Well I taught you all I’ve learned from life
By slapping myself in the face
And it was then I thought I saw you smile at me
At silly me, silly me
Silly old me
Track Name: Road Song
Road Song Music and lyrics by Tim Hulsman

Riding on the Freeway,
Flying through those curves,
Riding in the fast lane,
Where you’ve got to keep your nerve.

Head out down the back roads,
To take a look around,
Hear the thunder when you go slow,
Tremble to that sound.

Ride on…..

Hear the road train comin’ (x2)
Hear it pass on by………

Hear the road train comin’ (x2)
Hear it pass on by………..

Ride on…..

Well I leave you by the road-side,
No-one in sight,
I don’t know where I’m going,
Just a man about to die.

Ride on…