Bird-related Australian song

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Subject: Bird-related Australian song
From: "Ken Cross" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:47:18 +1000
Hi all,
A little tune to enlighten a Saturday evening; "The Lament of the chiming 
Wedgebill" by an Australian band, The Lucksmiths. 

It can be heard here;

The song has been written - I believe -  around the chorus, "why did you get 
drunk?" - a mnemonic of  the bird's call. There is some good imagery of outback 
Australia and the western deserts. Listen as the song fades out the Chiming 
Wedgebill takes up the call. 

The lyric is as follows;

When the wind’s from the north, love
I can hear the railway line
That low, lonesome whistle
Comes floating through the night
And I dream of departure
Of a suitcase by the door
And I wake in the morning
As weary as before I fell asleep

When the wind’s from the west, love
I can smell the distant sea
And ten thousand teardrops
Come flooding back to me
I’d almost forgotten
How we spoke of setting sail
That evening gin-sodden
The moon a fingernail scratched in the sky

For we’d seen the sorrow summer brings
Where the chiming wedgebill sings
“Oh why did you get drunk?
Why did you get drunk?”

But when the wind’s from the south, love
You’re only half an hour from here
I hardly need pedal
And that hill just disappears
The silos stands silent
Down that endless railway line
The district’s deserted
The sunset might be mine
And yours, of course

But I’ve seen the sorrow summer brings
Where the chiming wedgebill sings
“Oh why did you get drunk?
Why did you get drunk?
Why did you get drunk?
Oh why did you get drunk?”

[I have no commercial interest in this content] 

Ken Cross


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