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Parish Pump

from Circus by Not Drowning, Waving

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In this simple small talk town
One sixty miles from anywhere
The wind kicks up a dust storm dance
The fat grain silos standing tall
The white folk here they're so intimate
They know each others every move
And each family's golden heritage
is steeped in pioneering deeds, and so
I don't care what you say to make me stay
Cos I'm leaving here tonight
The frilly smiles and the parish pump it's Anglican in every way
They don't see the drink as a problem here
though it's broken many a home
Across the road by the pale green house
It smells light with perfumed flowers
And underneath all the small talk
there lies a gun beneath every bed, and so
I don't care what you say to make me stay,
Cos I'm leaving here tonight
On my way to find a new adventure every single day
The seeming harmlessness of things
Belies a firm hard hand of bigotry
It floats among the dry north winds
And then rears its ugly head
but I don't care...


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


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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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