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The Same Heat

from The Little Desert by Not Drowning, Waving

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And it’s the same heat out there
Dry and old boulders in the weather
And the wind buffets the skin
The red earth, the spinifex and Bill

That’s all there is every way he looks
That’s all there is
If you walk upon this road
Even if you walk for days and days
And days and days
You’d be waiting for the red dust sun
To slowly take you away

A rusty tin hiding place

And there’s red eyes everywhere
Little desert with a wood and wind parade
There’s lots of heavy drink out there.
Dry and old boulders in the weather.
And nothing else can save the dog’s bones
From breaking up and rolling away
Until they turn into red dust…


from The Little Desert, released October 10, 1985

David Bridie: piano, vocals
John Phillips: guitar
Rowan McKinnon: bass
Russel Bradley: drums
James Southall: congas
Amanda Brotchie: vocals
Phillip Wale: cello


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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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