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    The hard-copy, full-length, ridgy-didge CD album of Permaculture: A Rhymer's Manual. Comes with beautiful illustrated booklet of lyrics & ukulele chords.

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Permaculture principle 11: Use Edges and value the Marginal - The 'fringes' of any system are often where the most interesting, innovative and productive things take place. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space!

lyrics

Some people tell me that I’m crazy
'cos I do things that don’t fit in
with the rest of society

Like my love of small spaces
My room aint too large
I just live in a box
underneath the house
in the corner of my garage

But the edge is where it’s at
and it’s easy to create
and my mama always said
if you’re not living on the edge
then you’re taking up too much space.

Been looking to settle down
Find some place nice
where I can get my hand
on some marginal land
and turn it into paradise

The smaller the better
and I don’t care if it’s bad
I guess I’m the kind of fella
who’ll always be a fringe dweller
Just do the best I can with what I have.

Because the edge is where it’s at
and it’s the most productive place
and my mama always said
if you’re not living on the edge
then you’re taking up too much space

I might wind up in the desert
with whipping wind and sun
Well, I’ll just plant a hedge and I’ll start my edge
and I’ll have sorted two things with one

Oh, but if the rain is a-falling
and washing everything away
I’ll just slow down that water with a convoluted border
and everything's gonna be ok.

Because the edge is where it’s at
I’m gonna work that interface
'cos my mama always said
if you’re not living on the edge
then you’re taking up too much space

Make a pledge to acknowledge the edge
Grow some veg and stack it on a ledge
Wherever things come together
you’ll find it getting better
You’ll fall so in love with the edge
you’ll wanna write it a love letter
Just broaden your range at the place of exchange
You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain
There’s every single colour sittin between white and black
A well-beaten path ain’t always the right track

Because the edge is where it’s at
and we’re on the edge right now
Yeah we’re gonna see some change,
see some things get rearranged
Moving on cos there’s no going back

Yeah the edge is where it’s at
and there’s no more time to waste
and my mama always said
if you’re not living on the edge
then you’re taking up too much space

credits

from Permaculture: A Rhymer's Manual - Album, released April 1, 2013
Charlie Mgee: Ukulele, vocals, drums
Alex Burkoy: u-bass
Mal Webb: slide trumpet
Dave Lawrence: rhodes piano

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Formidable Vegetable Sound System Fremantle, Australia

Experimental ‘ecological edutainment’ based around the principles of permaculture (a neat way to fix the world) mashing together ukulele with some electro-funk-swing, climate-change reggae, post-apocalypso and a decent serving of 'Radish Beets'.

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