Fishing Trawler

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Well I can hear the fishing trawlers off the shore
And I can see unshaven men
They smell of fish and yet they’ve hardly begun
The waves wash the cork on the dim lit shore
Yes, I’ve been tumbled and sorted

And I’ve been turned inside out
By all this colour and movement
And everything is how it should be
Well, I can hear the women washing in their tubs

And I can hear them sing their songs
They wipe their sweat and then they splash
The water round and round
Slap each other on the back


from Claim, released October 10, 1989
Russel Bradley: drums
David Bridie: piano and vocals
Tim Cole: tape of beach and fishing boats
Rowan McKinnon: bass
John Phillips: guitar
James Southall: cabassa

Penny Hewson: viola and vocals
Al Harding: trombone
David Scarfe: trumpet


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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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