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When we can only trust the very closest hand
Clouds are burnt, darkest skies it seems, it seems
Away from the winter, a normal desire

The waters are warm

When we can only build the crumble house,
a little cracked old wall
See the things, sleep the things go by, they go by

Storm, here's a cold and old dog, he talks a lot and
climbs the winter tree
He feels the winds and sees all around from up there

The waters are warm
The winters are warm

When we can only trust the very closest hand
Skies are dark, darkest skies it seems, it seems
Away from the breathing, a normal desire


from The Little Desert, released October 10, 1985

David Bridie: piano, keyboards, vocals
John Phillips: guitars
Rowan McKinnon: bass
James Southall: congas
Storm recorded in Prahran Vic
Black cockatoos recorded at Healesville Vic by Les Gilbert


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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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