Willow Tree

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Damp water marks down the wall
It makes a real picture for me
And the music and food and the talks that we had
Are the kind that draw five pig faced people together
Still we stayed for a while

So we swing
On the big willow tree
We all glide through the air
On the branches that hang
We all know just where we want to be

Sitting on the roof
Oh the things we could see
The fine clock on the town hall
The tree on the hill
And old Lucy next door
Hosing down her front footpath
God knows why she thought
That it had to be clean

So we swing
On the big willow tree
We all glide through the air
On the branches that hang
We all know just where we want to be

It’s all because of the big willow tree
Oh the memories I have
Of that rambling backyard
Are the ways I wouldn’t mind
These days to be
So we swing through the air
Over Bob’s little garden
The sheds aren’t real upright,
I think they’ll fall down
And four years ago seems like miles from here
The floor boards all leaked
In the best house in town

So we swing
On the big willow tree
We all glide through the air
On the branches that hang
We all know just where we want to be

credits

from Claim, released October 10, 1989
Russel Bradley: drums
David Bridie: piano and vocals
Tim Cole: tape of children in playground
Rowan McKinnon: bass and acoustic guitar
John Phillips: guitars and willow branches
James Southall: cymbals
Janette Geri: vocals
Marie McMillan: oboe
Andrew Massi: sample of house swung around

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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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