Earth People Fair

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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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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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Track Name: Earth People Fair
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.
Track Name: Grow a Garden
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
Track Name: Dad's Dunny
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!
Track Name: Plant Some Trees
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!
Track Name: Human
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.
Track Name: Everybody's Crazy (feat. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo)
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?
Track Name: Frustration
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.
Track Name: Singing Makes it Better
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.
Track Name: Pick Me Up (Hitchhiking Song)
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.
Track Name: Not the End
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.
Track Name: Trees Eat Us All
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.