Lyrics published by Mushroom Music Publishing.
Reprinted with permission.

IT’S ALL IN THE WAY
(Bridie)

It’s all in the way that you carry yourself
Ever so slightly you lean to one side
Each moment moves slowly the colour’s more defined
And I don’t want it to change
Yeah it’s all in the way you glide when you’re walking
Your feet fly in motion they don’t touch the ground
And it’s all in the way that you’re mine

It’s all in the way we go out night walking
The skipping girl vinegar she skips all through the night
Everything is effortless and out of control
And I don’t want it to change at least not for a while
And it’s all in the way that you’re mine

And I’m just dreaming here in this silence
Lying down like an old dog
Lying down here in the grass taking my time thinking other things

It’s all in the way you lie when you’re drinking
You tell me all kinds of improbable things
The old house feels empty and cold and uninviting
and lifeless when you’re not around
It’s all in the way your eyes stare straight through me
I don’t get away with one miserable thing
And it’s all in the way that you’re mine
Yeah it’s all in the way that you’re mine

I GUESS IT DON’T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS
(Bridie)

I sit at the window and I can’t see a thing
We’re not looking closely we’re just giving in
When they spin the wheel of fortune we all clap and dance
And we drink and we laugh and we sing
It’s a hope we hang on to dearly
The chances of winning are grim

And I guess it don’t get much better than this
All the time I feel fine
Do we settle for some ordinary bliss
All the time I don’t mind

This little country it’s little again
We never caught on to the old vision thing
But we’re fools if we sit back and stare at the ground
While the weasels and analysts sing
If we want our place in history
We can’t let the frustration drive us to fashionable drinking again

And I guess it don’t get much better than this
All the time I don’t mind
Do we settle for some ordinary bliss
All the time I don’t mind

It’s all in the family well it must be if they say
I’ll take the pills on the couch and then sleep it away
We all fake it in fine style we’ve still got our pride
And we talk and act tough like we win
The way that we keep our heads up
While they’ve been stripping away every gain that we’ve made
Oh it’s much too easy

And I guess it don’t get much better than this
All the time I feel fine
Do we settle for some ordinary bliss
All the time I don’t mind

LEAVE (IF YOU WANT TO)
(Bridie)

If you want to leave just walk away
I’m tired of the uneasiness everyday
We wouldn’t have it any other way
We wouldn’t have it any other way

There are mostly lies in times of war
our battle’s the same stupid one as before
how bout we say we’ll take this crap no more
Let’s take this crap no more

For I’m gone ba da de da da de da

So if you want to leave just walk away
I fall for indecisiveness everyday
I wouldn’t have it any other way
i wouldn’t have it any other way

We drive until the car is broken down
We wait until we’re five hours from town
and it’s only then there’s not the slightest sound

If you want to leave well that’s ok
I’m tired of the indifference anyway
I wouldn’t have it any other way
just any other way

For I’m gone ba da de da de da I'm gone...
walk away any day walk away MUA!

WEEP
(Tokunou/Bridie/Mountfort)

I LIKE IT LIKE THIS
(Bridie/Phillips)

Walking over the ocean shore
A glass reflection on the floor
And all the waves are falling as before
I could dive right in
Tall city buildings they reach the sky,
and it grows darker and so do I
And no one sees the passers by
but everybody stares

And I like it like this I like it like this

Everyday the light grows dim
And she lives on her own again
and this is where that it all begins
the mutual distrust

Watch the lights off in Fairyland
they’re far away don’t you understand
little changes and nothing’s planned and
everything goes wrong

And I like it like this I like it like this

I get so tired that I cannot see,
My feet are sore my eyes bleary
I wonder if I will ever be with contentment
Can you hear me nevermind
I’m weary and I’m colourblind
and my eyes are failing everytime patiently

And I like it like this like it like this and
I like it like this

THE MANGROVE SONG
(Bridie/Barker)

Inside the reef line the ocean is calm
The deaf one is a fisherman he’s working alone on his own
He’s working alone
Don’t you go out there when the tide’s coming in
The ocean it will smash you it will cut up your skin let it in
It’ll cut up your skin oh yeah

There’s a place you may go
When the tide is so low
There’s a place you may go

A blanket of insects the water is still
Down in the mangrove swamp there’s creatures that kill
if you will there’s creatures that kill
The mud crabs at moonrise crawl out in the night
Quiver with secrets and nothing is quiet in the night
Yeah nothing is quiet, oh yeah

There’s a place you may go
When the tide is so low
There’s a place you may go

I don’t know any ol’ place where the sun gets down so low
I don’t know any ol’ place at all

The roots ‘neath the mangrove trees crawl through the sand
Just like a hunting bird at all times prepared
they’re prepared at all times prepared
No don’t you go out there when the tides coming in
The ocean it will cut you it will cut up your skin
Let it in it’ll cut up your skin

There’s a place you may go
When the tide is so low there’s a place you may go
There’s creatures that kill

MUCKHEAP
(Mountfort/Csutoros)

SWIRL
(Bridie/Phillips)

One hundred wildflowers grow out in the desert
They’re sharp and bright coloured tough, rugged and dry
I thought that I’d never find these hideaway places
A glow in the darkness a place you can dream

The sun’s like a razor it lives without mercy
It sucks all the water right out of your bones
Its a land without luxury, cold hearted and ruthless on small talk

Just listen it’s still it’s something quite still.
Your heads spinning just swirl you just swirl

The man with a yearning lives over the mountain
He’s harbouring convicts inside of his heart
When the night is dead quiet he’s awake and he’s listening
he shouts to the hidden monsters out there in the sky

Your head is spinning you just swirl you just swirl away away away

Down there in his soul
Listen its all around
Wrapped around your heart
Like rusted barbed wire

THE KILANA STRINGBAND SONG
(Kaidoga/Bridie)

MALOLO*
(Bridie)

Your head’s light and breezy but your thinking is slow
Everything’s just wait a little bit not go go go
The sun shimmer it’s a lazy one it burns on your skin
You’re smooth loose and tired now it’s beginning to kick in

Malolo don’t you care less for the things that they say
Malolo

The big sky on top of the deep sea below
They join there in the middle it’s as far as it goes
You wait here for hours but you don’t mind a bit
The bus that you’re waiting for won’t come til next week
And when it arrives you may find there’s no seat

Malolo don’t you care less for the things that they say
Malolo malolo stay

The fishing boats huddle close out on the bay
The Egg Head prime minister he’s a long way away
And nothing like him is going to ruin your day
Just wait for the rain to come

Malolo don’t you care less for the thing that they say
Malolo malolo stay

*tok pidgin for ‘doing nothing, rest’

CAN'T FIND LOVE
Bridie/Prendergast (Mushroom Music)

I've been looking
I've been searching
I've been seeking
But I can't find love

I've been driving endless hours
There's nothing doing
I can't find love
On cold mornings
Sun drenched evenings
Through restless dreamings
Everywhere
In the papers
On those talk-back television shows
Asking all my friends
Even they don't know

I've been looking
I've been searching
I've been seeking
But I can't find love

In the stories
That I've been reading
Then repeating
Over and over again
In that dead space
Behind your pretty sky blue eyes
Wishful thinking
There's nothing there

I've been looking
I've been searching
I've been seeking
But I can't find love

I've been looking
I've been searching
In my own heart
But I can't find love

THE BOAT SONG
(Mountfort/Csutoros)

KELLY KWALIK COUNTRY
(Bridie/Barker)

The dark valley glides out from the rain clouds
Come late in the afternoon end of the day
Can you hear the murmuring the fire talk
the whispering of his name
This is the country that belongs to him
The fighters are out mostly young boys and dreamers
They slide and they stumble they sing as they go
The Morning Star shines from the flag that they carry
And it leads them to hopefulness against the odds

In Kelly Kwalik country Kelly Kwalik country

See the old woman they whisper though caked mud
Watch them all gesture they know where they are
These are the gardeners the planners and thinkers
Been working these mountains for thousands of years

In Kelly Kwalik country Kelly Kwalik country

Kick box Bahasa spit polish and blades
The discipline wanders away from the town
The Free Lease gold mine and the Coal mine protection
Punchak Jaya Mountain the blood Massacre

In Kelly Kwalik country Kelly Kwalik country

Kelly Kwalik is the Central Region Commander of the OPM, the Resistance Movement of West Papua, who have been fighting for independence since the 1960s. Kwalik’s command area takes in the vast Freeport Copper and Gold Mine, the largest gold mine on this earth.

The morning star is the name of the West Papuan Independence flag.

The West Papuans’ fight for independence parallels the East Timor struggle and, again, neighbour Australia but are largely ignored.

For more information you can contact the West Papuan human rights organisation ELS-HAM at elsham_irja@jayapura.wasantara.net.id

CURIOUS
(Bridie/Mountfort)

MORE HEART THAN ME
(Bridie)

She comes every morning at least three times
I walk the dark side just for you
You know my fault lines all so well
every look every word every thing I can imagine
With you I got the nerve for anything at all

By god I’m grateful for that’s how it be
She’s graceful, she’s forthright, she’s stronger than me
She’s a fighter, she’s headstrong, she’s got more heart than me

I change my flight path just for you
I copy strange behaviour if you want me to
So high up I may never land
So confused I don’t understand
With you I’ve got the nerve for anything at all

By god I’m grateful for that’s how it be
She’s graceful she’s forthright stronger than me
She’s a fighter, she’s a brainstorm, she’s got more heart than me

You hold me when I’m falling down
You help me float when I almost drown

I’ll even climb the highest climb
Head on straight right into the windstorm
I’ve got the nerve with you for anything at all

By god I’m grateful for that’s how it be
She’s graceful, she’s forthright, she’s stronger than me
By god I’m grateful for that’s how it be
She’s a fighter, she’s a brainstorm, she’s got more heart than me
She’s graceful, she’s forthright, she makes me look better than I really be
She’s a fighter, she’s a brainstorm, she’s got more heart than me

Mixed by Christian Scallan at The Soft Centre
Produced by David Bridie, Helen Mountfort & Christian Scallan
All arrangements by MFTCC
All lyrics David Bridie
Recorded by Christian Scallan at Woodstock & the Enormodome, Melbourne Nov-Feb 2001-2
Assisted by Sean Grupetta
Additional recording by Adam Rhodes
Mastered by Frank Tetaz at Moose
Direction: Chris Gough & Ben Steer at Mana Music Management
phone: 61 3 9646 4303 fax: 61 3 9646 6336

All tracks published by Mushroom Music Australia. Lyrics reproduced with permission.

website: www.myfriendthechocolatecake.com
email: mftcc@myfriendthechocolatecake.com

Thanks to: Winnie & Stella Bridie, Darren Steffan, Ian James & Mushroom Publishing, Bruce Butler, Stuart McPhee, David Bates, Bill Bennett, Jo, Kyla & Jess, Simon O` Brien, C.T, Gordo, M & Edie, Bernadette Ryan, Will Larnach-Jones, Simon Polinski, Darren & Magic Bike, Violet & Steve C, Jatz, Ishti & Sniffy, Michael & Jackson, Polyglot Theatre, Anne, Emily, Phoebe, and Bob Richardson, Chris Gough, Mary Callahan. Greg P plays Sabian cymbals.

Front cover dolls’ house ‘Howard’s Battlers’ by Lynne Hamilton (thanks Emily & Gabby for sacrificing their dolls’ house). Photographed by Lisa La Barbera.
Design: Lynne Hamilton. Band photos: Lynne Hamilton (Spiegeltent) & Nguyen Huu Bao (Hanoi).

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