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It's Eleanor Talbot down by Kerry's Green,
Sings to her house by the sea
And the purple tea cosy she wears on her head
It has holes for her ears and why not cos she's happy

The smell of the fibro, the memories of Northcote,
Tied up in a bag in the shed on the floor,
And sometimes she dances the dog to the rhumba
And then sleeps cos she's happy

It's enough for her just to be there,
That here was the place where she stopped
And she says to herself you're a nutty old fruitcake
But dear to my heart all the same
And she's happy as can be, and she's happy by the sea
Cos she lives by Kerry's Green, and she's happy there


from Cold and the Crackle, released October 10, 1987
David Bridie : piano, harmonium, vocals
Rowan McKinnon : bass, acoustic guitar
Andrew Carswell : mandolin

recording of old farm machinery by tim cole and david bridie


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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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