The Songs - notes and lyrics (click on titles)
(All songs written by Ivor and Kevan Bundell except where otherwise credited).
- A spontaneous creation by self-taught digeridoo player Matt
Cross, of Curdridge. Matt is otherwise a Tree Surgeon -
MJC Tree Surgeons
The Dreamtime, or the Dreaming, is of course the mythological world - both past and present, or beyond time altogether - of the indigenous Australians.
Liffey Falls - Liffey Falls is a national State Reserve
in Tasmania, located on the slopes of the Great Western Tiers. I spoke at some
length to one of the Rangers there on the edge of the woods; he said I had a
good chance of seeing a platypus. On that occasion my luck was out, but I did
see a Superb Fairy Wren - and I almost saw a Thylacine . . .
the waters flow - I happened to be in the US when I started
writing this. It is my attempt at a Dylanesque, American 'Country' song. Hence
the banjo. It is quite uncharacteristic of my usually strictly English efforts.
Except that is, that it ends in caltalcysmic doom. One of my favourite themes.
4. Where lies Randall ?
“I last saw Randall
by the Southern Seas,
Beyond Tasmania’s forests in the west
Where shearwaters burrow out a sandy nest
Upon those windy shores, beyond the trees;
Where lakes and boom town sidings, silver mines,
And dunes that stretch away as sedges sing,
And the huge façade and hall, a haunting
Reminder of Houdini days and Billy Pines.
He was not well; he coughed a lot and blood
At times chequered his handkerchief with spots;
He smoked no pipe; instead he carved The Flood
Upon a narwhal’s tusk and we drew lots
To see who would inherit it from him;
We laughed, a hollow laugh, macabre and grim.”
From: Randall A Triptych: A Narrative
Odyssey (Part 1)
© IMB (2014 -16)
5. We will remember them - It struck me one day that I was born only ten years after the end of the Second World War - and how lucky I was.
6. Pondlife - Memories of a childhood spent exploring the woods and ponds on Bookham Common, Surrey. See also Lambert’s Tea cards ‘Pond Life’ (1964).
Hill Blue - I was on holiday in Greece when I heard the
news of the Large Blue’s demise. I misremembered it being reported as
the Chalk Hill Blue. The good news is that the Large Blue has been successfully
reintroduced in the U.K. from a Swedish population. It is now thriving in parts
of the south west of England. It remains highly dependent on a specific species
of red ant, which take in its caterpillars, to complete its life-cycle. A line
in this song makes reference to a “hollow tree”. This image made
its first appearance in a song I wrote called Children which was included on
the album 'Presence' (1976
- and 2016).
Hill ~ Meg Merrilies - Kitnocks Hill is in the village
of Curdridge in Hampshire, where I live. A number of tales hang upon it - see
'Meg Merrilies' is, in this instance, a tune written by Paul Gateshill many moons past. We have borrowed it before, but I can't remember where . . .
9. Nobody here tonight - An end of era song with imagery drawn from the night and the sea. Blackout.
10. Davey Jones’ Locker - The lament of a lover lost at sea.
11. Rights of Man - This is a traditional Irish hornpipe. I thought the minor key and melancholy tone, juxtaposed to the liveliness of the music, provided an appropriate postscript to “Davey Jones’ Locker”.
12. Come with me - A song in four sections. Originally it was called ‘Harp Song’ and the words were written with some of the tunes in mind. However, instead of the harp I decided to use the church organ as the accompanying instrument. This song embraces and includes as we all make the same uncertain journey alone and together.
Day ~ Goodnight - The lyrics for 'Bright
Day' are ours; 'Goodnight' is our version of the well-known funeral hymn or
song. For more details of
the complicated origins of this song please click on the title.