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from Circus by Not Drowning, Waving

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These fields are plain
The power lines they make scars amongst the backroads
Past the corn and maize
They're frantic in the wind
If the sun shone then this would come to life
But the mist and the rain continue on
Outside it's pouring, pouring down it falls
Down by the river, out up in the hills
The family that lives there, they are fishing for eels
They've come farm the party for the old lady who died
She was Auntie to three of them, mother to one
Outside it's pouring, pouring down it fails
Just after midday, the tavern it is full
The walls lined with old folk
The Maori boys drink down the murky beer
It's an amiable feeling, there's no fights 'til after dark
And that's just family, that's all
Outside pouring, pouring down it fails
And that's just the family…
Outside it’s pouring.


from Circus, released October 10, 1993
David Bridie : keyboards, vocals
Helen Mountfort : cello
Russel Bradley : triangle
John Phillips : guitar


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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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