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Albert Namatjira

from Circus by Not Drowning, Waving

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Hermannsburg Oh Hermannsburg
It was the Lutheran's good deed
Made the children orphans
And dressed them up in white clothes

A watercolour painting
Through melancholy eyes
The ghost gums, dirt dry river beds, the warm rain upon the ground
The assimilation dream

Albert Namatjira
Paintings for the white man
He painted purple mountains in the spirit of his land

There was drinking on the reservation
He was jailed in Alice Springs
He lost the will to paint and live
And he died a solemn death... back to the ground

His seven children died
From respiratory disease
They placed them all in unmarked graves
Somewhere near Alice Springs

And the dogs all chase the desert flies
Near the one drip water tap
The boys, they kick the brown dirt
Their strength is coming back...


from Circus, released October 10, 1993
Russel Bradley : drums, percussion
David Bridie : vocals, piano, strings, marimba
Rowan McKinnon : bass
Helen Mountfort : electric cello, vocals
John Phillips : guitar
James Southall : percussion


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Not Drowning, Waving Melbourne, Australia

NDW's music was haunting, evocative, brooding, sensuous and a million other words that excite people who type for a living. In record stores, you could usually find NDW filed under ambient or art-rock, ill-fitting labels if ever there were. Though they were often minimalist, they never made background music. Arty by comparison to other acts of the era, but they knocked out some glorious pop tunes. ... more

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