Yellow Earth

from by Not Drowning, Waving

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The daughter works over ploughed hills
Not much grows there
The wind pelts the earth
And the sound
Is the sound of her hopes and her dreams
Tied to the seasons’ heartless rounhds

And her house built into the hill
The millet stone she pushes slowly round in time
Yellow river that she’s walked from hours away
to wash the old man’s feet, sleep and hope for a
change to come
just wait for a change to come

There’re no tears now as she walks over the earth
the man arranged for her to wed the ancient ways a
and she leaves, out there the river is the hardest
thing to cross
when you’re gone
when you try to walk away
just trying to walk away

Peacock flies over the river
River runs over the land
The land it works the village
And makes them tame


from Claim, released October 10, 1989
Russel Bradley: drums and bongos
David Bridie: piano, keyboards and vocals
Tim Cole: claves and yellow river tape
Rowan McKinnon: bass and Chinese moon guitar
John Phillips: guitar
James Southall: timbales

Janette Geri: vocals
Penny Hewson: viola


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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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