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Old Wobbly Man

from The Little Desert by Not Drowning, Waving

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I sit in my wooden box
And feel the edges damp and rough
The rain that falls upon the roof
Is leaking down my back
Everyone inside their rooms
But no one wants to play
The words with which we made up things
Aren’t working any more
An open space where no one lives
We are strangers in this land
In the wet season on a light blue sky
And then no more
I heard the old wobbly man say
One by one we drop hey hey
And all that’s good will drift away
Like the waters down


from The Little Desert, released October 10, 1985

David Bridie: piano, vocals
John Phillips: guitars
Tape of old men chatting recorded by Tim Cole


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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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