Terra Nullius

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He travels the long track
He walks two thousand miles of desert sand
A path they wandered down years ago
Years ago
They made their…Terra Nullius
His story is old
As bold and right as the earth he walks
It don’t move, it just bides its time
It always stays
The story was told

Terra Nullius

Shame the legends crack the paint upon his face
His knees at dance and they fly
And they sing
The poet woman has changed her name in shame

Cool river bed it masks the bones
Of those who died before our time
Made their claim before
Terra Nullius


from Claim, released October 10, 1989
Russel Bradley: timpani, toms and branches
David Bridie: piano and vocals
Tim Cole: tape of footsteps
Rowan McKinnon: acoustic guitar
John Phillips: guitar
James Southall: congas, slap drum, harmonica and claves

Gnarnayarrahe Waittairie: claves


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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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