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Up In The Mountains

from Tabaran by Not Drowning, Waving

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Up in the mountains, up near the border,
masked wooden faces, the tribes in the rain.
And the words from the elders ring out through the valley,
right through the seams of his face, the bones of his teeth.

Take them all away, take them all away.

Up in the mountains, up near the border,
there’s souls for the saving, the missionaries gleam.
Souls for the saving, Souls for the saviour,
dress them in white clothes, to greet the Lord.

Take them all away, take them all away, away, away.


from Tabaran, released October 10, 1990
Russel Bradley : drums, percussion
David Bridie : piano, keyboards. bell, vocals,
Rowan McKinnon : bass
John Phillips :guitar
James Southall : shakers, percussion

Amanda Brotchie : vocals, wooden fish
Maurice Lacy : bongos
Warren Siebert : extra toms

Tape of rocks by Les Gilbert, Horns provided by the delightful sounds of the Balwyn United Cricket Club Brass Ensemble


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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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