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Cold And The Crackle

from Cold and the Crackle by Not Drowning, Waving

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... this is a fine country to be in ...
Under the white sky the black limbs of trees,
The cold and the crackle and nothing felt right
Oh this quiet like stillness the mission begun,
They were waiting around for the wasting.

And in the warm nights he would fly from the skies,
By day he just stared at the closing in,
And she just lives there like a fallen down tree,
She says there are places she’d much rather be.

He said, 'you know sometimes there seems to be
More of the sky and not so much of me...
more of the sky, much less of me...'


from Cold and the Crackle, released October 10, 1987
Russel Bradley : big drums
David Bridie : piano, vocals
Rowan McKinnon : acoustic guitar
John Phillips : guitar
James Southall : bell stick
Helen Mountfort : cello, vocals

tape of cockies by les gilbert


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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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