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Crazy Birds

from Circus by Not Drowning, Waving

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We rise up with the midday sun
We sleep too much cos the work is done
And my papa says that this life is good
We got not much money but heaps of food
We bask our skin in the afternoon light
We’re eating all the sweet ripe fruit
And Ol' Brotherboy hangs a tyre from the tree
My sister goes first, she goes higher than me
We're watching the old crazy birds fly by
They're watching us back but we don't know why
We don't think we'll ever go back to town
The streets hiss and stink, we don't like living there,
'cause the neighbours do frown
And 'ol pumpkin head is still after me
But I bet he won't look near this river gum tree
And we dance round the fire with me old Uncle Ted
We watch him pour bad red wine into his head
And we wobble our bones until we must stop
The music is good but the dancing is not


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

Everyone - football crowd

chant recorded by the cook island national arts theatre,
ministry of development, p.o. box 146, rarotonga, cook island


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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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