Earth People Fair

by Formidable Vegetable

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1.
I wanna see myself as a part of the whole grow some food for my family food bowl stand my ground but give up control know the boundaries but tear down all the walls won't give up or give in to apathy gonna plant a tree then plant another three thousand now's the time to start feeding my soul feet in the soil believing anything is possible As I get older some things become clearer the end of my life is always getting nearer focussing on the things that bring meaning food, community, love and healing been getting tired of all this moving around wanna bring it back home to a simple piece of ground been talking bout it til my mouth is dumb but all I wanna do it make a deeper connection with some Earth people fair I've been looking for the Earth people fair Show me where to find the Earth people fair, yeah A stray alien wandering this ancient land so much of the dream that I still don't understand been lookin at ya but I'd rather see you and follow the path of that old dark emu some day my body's gonna breathe it's last yeah, I'm aware that this too shall pass but til then, I'll keep singin to the open air hoping there's time to Advance Earth People Fair. Earth People fair I've been looking for the Earth people fair Show me where to find the Earth people fair, yeah Earth people fair get together with the Earth people fair let me hear it for the Earth people fair, yeah.
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Whenever I come to see you I always find you outside With your hands in the ground Gettin’ down with anything that grows And all I want to do is join you In that morning sunshine I wanna know, wanna know How you grow all your vegetables Cos we’re gonna grow a garden We’re gonna grow a garden yeah We’re gonna grow a garden, darling Yeah. Well, I saved you some seeds from my pumpkins and peas And I can foresee we’ll get them growing like weeds We could stay up real late and plant them by the moon And we’re gonna make everyone jealous When they see what we’ve got growing on the trellis It’ll be raining down in our very own food monsoon CHORUS When we’ve made our beds, we're gonna raise that veg Let the chickens out when they’ve laid their eggs Growin’ asparagus spaghetti squash, strawberries, Oh we can eat so much from our garden CHORUS
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My dad's dunny doesn't flush My dad's dunny doesn't flush My dad's dunny, well you might think it's funny, But my dad's dunny doesn't flush. My dad's dunny's full of dirt But it's never activated smelly red alert Don't worry about the germs 'Cos they're eaten by the worms Yeah, my dad's dunny's full of dirt My dad's dunny doesn't flush My dad's dunny doesn't flush My dad's dunny, well you might think it's funny, But my dad's dunny doesn't flush. My dad's dunny grows fruit trees Breaking down your business so there’s no chance of disease It's safer and it's clean To turn brown into green That's why my dad's dunny grows fruit trees My dad's dunny doesn't flush My dad's dunny doesn't flush My dad's dunny, well you might think it's funny, But my dad's dunny doesn't flush. Well he never needs a plumber cos the dunny's never blocked Fertiliser for the garden, well, the pile is always stocked Just chuck some sawdust on your number ones and twos Then sit back and admire all the water you don’t use My dad's dunny doesn't flush My dad's dunny doesn't flush My dad's dunny, well you might think it's funny, But my dad's dunny doesn't flush I said my dad's dunny doesn't flush yeah my dad's dunny doesn't flush!
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Let's Plant Some Trees Let's plant some trees nice and big and shady all covered in leaves They're good for the air They're good for the ground I just wanna see trees growing all over town So let's plant some trees Today Let's plant some trees Hip hip hooray ‘Cos they may grow much bigger than you some day The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago But the second best time is right now, so let's go! Let's plant some trees Today. Let's plant some trees For people we don't even know Cos they'll bring everybody joy as they watch them grow If you get down on your knees And plant you some trees Well they may still be here In hundreds of years You could climb, you could hide You could live right inside Ride a highline and fly And feel the deepest of pride So let's plant some trees Today!
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Human 03:40
I’m a human Check me out, I’m in complete control! I’m a human Fuelled by oil and gas and coal Obey my instructions Yeah you’d better do just what I say I’m bringin’ destruction So go on get outta my way Cos I’m a human All consumin’ Man, I’m fumin… (Human 2 - Spoken): Hey man, what’s up? Why you making such a big mess? What’s the problem? (Human 1 - Spoken): Who do you think you are? (Human 2): Who am I? Man we’re not so different… listen I’m a human…. But I’m part of something so much bigger than me Just one bud blooming from the branches of my family tree Roots in the ground I’m a faithful lover of this land I’m stickin around Cos I’m here for more than just a one-life stand Yeah I’m a human An old-school human I love being human… that’s who I am. (Human 1 - Spoken): What’s the matter with you? Can’t you see there’s money to be made? (Human 2 - Spoken): Money? Brother, we‘ve got everything we need right here. Just relax. (Human 1): Relax? I’m too stressed out to relax! I’m.. I’m.. freakin out! How did I get here? (Human 2): I guess somewhere you must’ve gone off track (Human 1): Gotta get my head clear (Human 2): Maybe I can help to guide you back (Human 1): I wanna be human (Human 2): You could start by switching off your screen (Human 1): I wanna be human (Human 2): Don’t worry… You’ll be the finest human I’ve ever seen (Together): Being human Well, you know it’s not a bad career Just be a human Driven by love, not fear. We gotta be human Be human Human.
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Everybody’s crazy Just a little crazy Nobody is normal What kind of crazy are you? Everybody’s crazy Just a little crazy Now you know you’re crazy Well what y’all gonna do? What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do? You could get all wonky Acting like a monkey Just gotta keep it funky You might come up with something new And if you’re feeling idle Maybe you and I could Ride a unicycle While playing a kazoo Well, if you’ve got odd behaviour Then do yourself a favour Just love your crazy flavour Let it all shine through Don’t let the straight and formal Fool you that they are normal Coz you know that they are all just crazy just like you. Everybody’s crazy Just a little crazy Nobody is normal What kind of crazy are you? Everybody’s crazy Just a little crazy Here’s one cat that’s crazy It’s 23 Skidoo! (Rap) Yo! I was crazy as a baby and I never changed Some people hide their crazy, I put mine on centre stage They used to scream ‘Yo, you’re makin’ a scene, Stop that!’ and now I rock hip-hop in a purple top hat. And they’re still screamin, now they scream ‘Oh Yeah!’ I hope I rock a show in Oz and you’re all there! I’m a secret agent, acting normal is my alias, but I’m the craziest, far-out like aliens! What’cha gonna do?
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Frustration 03:28
Here we go all over again just watching history repeating Tell me, what’s it gonna take for us to find ourselves a deeper meaning? I’ve seen the writing on the wall and waited for the world to change But maybe that’s the reason I get trapped inside the same old game. Every time, my expectations become frustration. I’m feeling kinda tired Not deciding if I’m out or in Lying awake at night just fantasising bout what might’ve been I keep on hoping, dreaming 'bout the way I want things to become But when I start expecting it the situation comes undone And every time, my expectations become frustration. Maybe I’m deluded in assuming I can change the world I know it only happens when there’s action coming from my words I look inside and hope I find the answer to just what is best Cos I’m having trouble dealing with this aching feeling in my chest. And every time, my expectations… Widen my eyes to limitations… Maybe I need to learn patience from my Frustration.
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Well, I know that you're down and feeling like you can't get up And I just wanna offer a little bit of love Now I don't really know what to do, but I hope that Singing makes it better, oh yeah cos Singing makes it better when you've got a broken heart and Singing make it better when everything's fallen apart, now If you've got the blues Just bust out a tune Cos singing makes it better, oh yeah. Well I'm just trying to remind you these times aren't forever and your pieces we'll find and put back together But for now here's something to help you get through Cos singing makes it better, oh yeah. When you've got the good juju, share it around Just pick a little tune you can sing it out loud cos spreading that love is so easy to do and singin makes it better, oh yeah. I said Singing makes it better when you've got a broken heart and Singing make it better when everything's fallen apart, now If you've got the blues Just bust out a tune Cos singing makes it better, oh yeah. That's right Singing makes it better when you've got a broken heart and Singing makes it better when the whole world's falling apart Sometimes there's just nothin left to do but Singing makes it better I said singing makes it better yeah, singing makes it better Even in this crazy weather, well Singin makes it better, oh yeah.
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Well, here I am out in the weather, thumb is out and thanking you in advance Won’t you pick me up, please pick me up, come on pick me up and give me a chance. Whether you’re a hippe in a van or a dude in a ute if you’ve got a spare seat and we’re on the same route, won’t you pick me up, please pick me up, just pick me up and give me a chance. C’mon, pick me up, c’mon pick me up I’m not just standing here to sing and dance Won’t you pick me up, please pick me up, just pick me up and give me a chance. Well, I refuse to believe you want to be cruel to me, maybe it’s just all new to you, but right now it’s 42 degrees… so please Won’t you pick me up, just pick me up, come on pick me up and give me a chance. I’m not gonna hurt you, I won’t disturb you, won’t say a word to you if you really don’t want me to I just want you to pick me up, please pick me up, come on pick me up and give me a chance. I said, pick me up, pick me up I’m not just standing here to sing and dance Won’t you pick me up, please pick me up, come on pick me up and give me a chance. Just as I’m about to call defeat There you are offering me your seat, yeah and you picked me up, well you picked me up Just as my mood began to hang in strands Well, it picked me up, it really picked me up, when you picked me up an gave me a chance. Yeah you picked my up, thank you for sharing this significantly better circumstance. When you picked me up you picked me up, you just picked me up and gave me a chance. Well you picked me up You picked me up Well, you picked me up and gave me a chance.
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Not the End 03:13
After you grow up, you’re gonna grow down and Whenever you breathe in, You’ve gotta breathe out. When the party is over, You’ve just gotta make your way home. When the fuel has all burned up, the fire goes out When you can’t see a future, all you’ve got is right now However, remember that it’s not the end of the world. It’s not the end It’s not the end No, it’s not the end of the world. Everything as we know it is winding right down Time turn the city back into lots of little towns. We’re running out of water But the river's still gonna flow Take out all your money and put it in the ground Trees and seeds in the soil Are the best banks around. The economy is crashing, but It’s not the end of the world It’s not the end It’s not the end No, it’s not the end of the world. Some day we’ll praise all those who drove us to the change away from jobs and growth Its neither good nor bad, it’s kinda both but at least it’s not the end of the world. It’s not the end It’s not the end No, it’s not the end of the world.
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Designer, you’re now a recliner So long and thanks for the yield and your tools left behind have all sharpened our minds to keep growing the change in the field The future is looking quite shady under all the ideas that you’ve grown and to look out the window at food in the ground gives us power to face the unknown CHORUS But trees eat us all in the end so plant one for me when I’m gone then if you hear that I’ve died you can tell them they’ve lied I’m just shading-out somebody’s lawn. Tapping into the rhizomes of wisdom you wove them all into a tale and with seeds in your pockets and dirt on your hands took us into the belly of the whale You took us into the belly of the whale So go on and tell us another Cos your stories are food for the soul Helping us see the forest for the trees And ourselves as part of the whole See ourselves as part of the whole CHORUS Yeah trees eat us all in the end so plant one for me when I’m gone then if you hear that I’ve died you can tell them they’ve lied I’m just shading-out somebody’s lawn. Though the problems around us are many The answers come to us with ease Take care of the land, your friends and your family and remember to plant lots of trees CHORUS Cos trees eat us all in the end so plant one for me when I’m gone then if you hear that I’ve died you can tell them they’ve lied I’m just shading-out somebody’s lawn.
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The third full-length studio album from Formidable Vegetable - inspired by the permaculture ethics: Earth Care, People Care & Fair Share. For more info on permaculture, visit: www.permacultureprinciples.com

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released March 15, 2019

Recorded by Dave Mann @ Hairy Back Marron Studio, Margaret River; Max Power @ MaxSound, Fremantle; Michael Crannage @ Stick Music, Albany, Himandeyes at the Woodford Planting Festival & Mal Webb/Michael Boase @ Chez Mal, St Kilda.

Produced & Mixed by Spoonbill (Jim Moynihan) @ MoonSpoon Studio, Kinglake and James Newhouse @ Real2Reel, Bunbury.
Mastered by William Bowden.

Artwork by Brenna Quinlan

Musicians (in order of appearance):
Charlie Mgee: Ukulele, vocals, whistles (on 1), kazoo (on 6), drums (on 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 10)
Kylie Morrigan: Violin, ocarina (on 9)
Mal Webb: slide trumpet, trombone, piano, beatbox, gourd bass (on 3 & 11)
Tim Bennett: Bass (on 2, 6, 7, 9) & moog (on 7)
Alex Burkoy: Guitar & violin (on 5)
Spoonbill: Samples/synth
Dazastah: Beats (on 1)
Michael Boase: Drums (on 7 & 9)
Jeff Harold: Double bass (on 5 & 8)
Yagu Wila Choir: Dave Mann, Bec Schofield, Janine Oxenham, Petha Farrer Shoveller, Carlien Jeanne, Aria Scarlett, James Abberley
Wynx: Keys (on 4)
Mayuka Juber: Clarinet, baritone, alto & tenor sax (on 5, 7 & 8)
Marsha Ashwell: vocals (on 5)
Cactus Skidoo: Rap (on 6)
Hugo Farrant: Rap (on 12)

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Formidable Vegetable Fremantle, Australia

Permaculture funk-swing for a changing world.

With a wheelbarrow full of dirty electro radish-beets, crusty jazz ukulele, swingin' strings and hyperactive horns, Formidable Vegetable are here to sow the garden of your mind with seeds of future-resilience in the funkiest way possible.

"So infectious that the most ardent climate sceptic would have trouble staying still"- Sydney Morning Herald.
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