Grow Do It - Album

by Formidable Vegetable

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01:03
It's a beautiful day out in the yard and we’re gonna get out and play in the garden There’s plenty to do but we’re not gonna work too hard and We’re gonna have some fun with all our friends! C’mon lets Grow… Grow Do It Everybody get up, get going, get outside and get into it Yeah, we’re gonna work it out as we go cos we've got so much food to grow so we can share it round with all our share it round with all our share it round with all our friends.
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You can do anything you want when it’s good for you and good for everyone There’s no need to wait just activate Do what you can with what you’ve got You can be anything you want When you is who you is playing your own part It’s alright to listen to suggestions But just be who you are. Cos it’s gonna be right It’s gonna be right Put your mind to what you want Write it down every night Cos it’s gonna be right When the time is ripe well, you can’t go wrong when it’s right You can have anything you want when you realise the best things aren’t things at all and what you have improves with gratitude So just love what you’ve got You can grow anything you want if it feeds your soul, and anything beyond You’ll have way more if you share it ‘round So give it everything you’ve got! Cos it’s gonna be right It’s gonna be right Put your mind to what you want Write it down every night Cos it’s gonna be right When the time is ripe Well, you can’t go wrong when it’s right
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02:34
You’re my sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata I’m gonna eat ya later, eat ya later, eat ya later You’re no dud spud under mud, you’re unrelated cos you’re my sweet p’tata Well, I see you being all shrivelled in my cupboard Let me put you in the garden bed I think you’ll love it Gonna leave ya underground until you make another Little sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata You’re a ground cover, ground cover, ground cover Mound lover, drought tougher, you’re my sound brother Gonna dig ya, wash ya, cook ya, eat ya for my supper My little sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata Yeah, you sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata I’m gonna eat ya later, eat ya later, eat ya later You’re my kind of dynamic accumulator My little sweeeeeeee…. I’m gonna pluck your leafy tips I’m gonna cut you into chips, Maybe whip me up some dip My little sweet p’tata You’re my sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata I’m gonna eat ya later, eat ya later, eat ya later You're my saviour with the flavour that I wanna savour. My lil sweet, sweet, sweert You’re my sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata I’m gonna eat ya later, eat ya later, eat ya later Than a regular potato, you are so much greater. My little sweet, my sweet, my sweet ptata. Chords: Gm, Eb7, D7, Cm
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02:33
Kimchi! It’s good for me! It’s the best stuff that I eat, I guarantee Kimchi! So good for me I wanna make it for my friends and my family All I do is I get my daikon radish with a cabbage finely diced then I chop a bit of chilli with the garlic and the ginger to crank it up with spice Add saltiness, sweetly caress it to give it a good massage then when I see that water rise I stuff it inside a jar Kimchi! It’s good for me! Fermenty probiotic flavour jamboree Kimchi! What does it mean? Something like salty pickled veggies in Korean Kimchi! It’s good for me! It’s the best stuff that I eat, I guarantee Kimchi! So good for me! I wanna make it for my friends and my family Now let’s stuff it, stuff it, stuff it inside a jar! Kimchi! Take it from me, you wanna leave it out on the bench for about a week, Kimchi, when it’s ready well, y’know your whole kitchen’s really gonna reek Be careful when you try and take a peek Yeah, but kimchi is the flavour that I seek!
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You are what you eat And you are what what you eat eats And you’re even what what what you eat eats eats Here’s a clue, why don’t you Take a peek beneath your feet. If you want to know what you're made from Look at what what you're made from's made from ‘Cause the stuff that we're all made from is the same. Yeah you go from dust to dust So you've gotta just trust that upper crust and maintain that good terrain from whence you came. We’ve been looking up We’ve been messing ‘round We’ve been freakin' out But it’s time to get Down, down, down Cos we’re made up of common ground Can’t live without it And it's time to get Down, down, down, down, down When you flirt with the dirt You’ll observe it's certainly not inert From a worm to a chicken “Bok Begerk!” You’re never alone on the loam and it’s time to get to work! We’ve been looking up We’ve been messing ‘round We’ve been freakin' out But it’s time to get Down, down, down Cos we’re made up of common ground Can’t live without it And it's time to get Down, down, down, down, down You are what you eat And you are what what you eat eats And you’re even what what what you eat eats eats And it repeats, it repeats, it repeats. Down, down, down.
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INGREDIENTS: Muffin: Enriched bleached flour (Wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid) Water, yeast, contains two percent or less: Wheat gluten, salt, dough conditioners (Azodicarbonibide, Datem, Ascorbic Acid) High fructose corn syrup, sugar, soybean and/or cottonseed oil, calcium propionate and potassium sorbate added to prevent spoilage, distilled vinegar, yellow corn meal, natural and artificial flavours, cirtric acid, fumaric acid, soy flour. Cooked Egg Patty: Whole eggs, water, egg yolk, soybean oil, nonfat dry milk, modified corn starch, potassium sorbate (preservative), monosodium phosphate, salt, xanthum gum, natural and artificial butter flavor [butter (cream, milk), partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil, soybean oil, lipolised butter oil and natural and articifial flavours], sodium acid pyrophosphate, nisin preparation (preservative), citric acid, soy lecithin. Pasteurised Process Cheddar Cheese: Cultured milk, water, cream, sodium phosphate, salt, sorbic acid (preservative), vegetable colour (annatto, paprika extract), enzymes. Contains wheat, eggs, milk and soy.
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03:11
Did you ever think a weed could be something you can eat? Let me tell you bout some eatin’ weeds I know You can munch them all day long While you’re singing this weed song Cos they’re growing almost everywhere you go I’ve been known to succumb to Nasturtium Root of dandelion drying for my tea I’m gonna pluck myself some chickweed And sprinkle it with flickweed I’ll even add some seaweed if I’m living by the sea CHORUS Well nothing makes me whistle like a salad with Milk Thistle Rockin’ rolla Gotu Kola in the lawn Yeah I ramble in the brambles, leaning over for the Clover If I lived with you your weeds would be all gone. Where it’s wetter you can bet I’ll Cook me up some stinging nettle It tastes better with some feta in a pie Or else I may just settle for some sorrel or some fennel C’mon why don’t you just give them all try? CHORUS Just because it’s called a weed doesn’t mean that it is bad Find out if it can feed you or do something that is rad Because a weed is any plant that grows really really well So well it make some people rant ‘n rave ’n swear ‘n curse ’n yell But did you ever… CHORUS
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02:52
There’s this stuff that’s everywhere I can see it right here and over there It comes from deep below the ground And we spend a lot of time just spreading it round I’m talkin’ bout plastic It’s not fantastic Cos it never ever goes away Don’t wanna use it We’ve got to lose it Because otherwise it’ll be here to stay I had this friend who got a snack That came all wrapped up in a plastic sack I said ‘Dude! Just nude your food!’ If it comes in plastic, take it back Because plastic It’s not fantastic And it’s always gonna cost more cash Don’t wanna use it We’ve got to lose it Cos it always ends up in the trash What can you do instead of wrapping up your food in plastic? You can refuse and say “Pretty pretty please don’t bag it” Get a water bottle made of metal take it, make it a habit Cos we don’t wanna end up on a desert planet swimming in plastic Because plastic It ain’t fantastic And we’ve got a load of better ways Don’t wanna use it, We’ve got to lose it C’mon, make today a no plastic day!
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04:00
They call me Arabella Isa Brown, I’m a chicken from the baddest part of town They locked me up with seven million hens like me - in a big smelly egg laying factory But one day along came someone like you and let me tell you just what they did do Got me out and took me away - it was the first time I’d seen the light of day - I was a free chicken A free range chicken! They took me home and gave me my own patch I had to learn just how to peck and scratch I was so happy, I just had to express - I could finally provide a bit of chicken-ness! I was a free chicken A free range chicken! When I say ‘Bok’, you say ‘Begerk!’ When I say ‘scratchin’ you say ‘dirt!’ Now let me see you scratch, c‘mon get to work! So ever since the day I came on the scene, I’m way more than just an egg-laying machine fluff the ground, eat the bugs, scratching the weeds, Do my bit of do to give the soil a feed Cos I’m a free chicken. A free range chicken! Now I’m a very happy hen indeed got food ‘n room to move ‘n everything I need So come on now, be a chicken too, so you can see that you’re like me and I’m like you. Be a free chicken. A free range chicken! Express your chickenness!
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People say I’m a fun guy but that’s more than what I am you can call me Fun Gus come underground to my pad to jam There’s not mushroom down there, But we’ve got mycelium I wanna wrap mycelium around ya Til super-kingdom come I wanna wrap mycelium around ya wrap mycelium around ya wrap mycelium around ya Well you know funghi like me need a bit of fun gal company I’m gonna decompose you a love song ‘Symbiosis’ in the key of G And when I party, you know I love to break it down Eatin dead wood tastes so good. And you know I’m gonna share it round I wanna wrap mycelium around ya wrap mycelium around ya wrap mycelium around ya
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Break it down Get it back in the ground Cycle it round that green and brown Break it down If it was once alive Make your garden thrive High five! Down it breaks In a scrap layer-cake Pile it up high Then let it bake Give it some air but don’t let it dry out Every now and then fluff it about Everything is always falling apart There’s no need to let it break your heart Just break it down Breaking down Microbes goin to town Getting their fix til it’s all devoured Broken down, Time to feed your plants Spread it right out and do a little dance Everything is always falling apart Might as well just give it all a brand new start and break it down When the time is up just break it down!

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This album is dedicated to kids of ALL ages (including big ones like me!) who want to be able to look after themselves, the place where they live and the people they live with by growing and eating healthy food with care, growing a healthy mind & body and feeling inspired to do amazing things that can change the world!

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released September 2, 2016

Charlie Mgee: ukulele, vocals & kimchi farts
Mal Webb: trombone, slide trumpet & gourd bass
Kylie Morrigan: violin
Michael Barker: drums
Spoonbill (Jim Moynihan): wonky beets & squishy phun
Alex Burkoy: electric guitar & bass (track 3)
Mayuka Juber: clarinet & baritone sax
Harry Jakamarra: banjo (track 6)
Dave Elliston: synth (track 8)
Lee Hardisty: tenor sax (track 11)

All songs written by Charlie Mgee & Formidable Vegetable Sound System.

Recorded at: Twisty Pole Studios - Rotorua, NZ, Magenta’s Tiny House - Christchurch, NZ, The JB Compound - Fremantle, WA, Casa-del-Mal - St Kilda, VIC, Groovy Grove - Koah & Maleny, QLD, Hobart, TAS, Bandung, Indonesia and a few other places...

Produced by Spoonbill & Charlie Mgee.
Mixed & mastered by Spoonbill in King Lake, VIC.
Artwork by Oz Thomas - ozjthomas.com

Music copyright © 2016 ORiGiN Music Publishing.
For use, please contact Philip Mortlock: mortlock@originmusic.com.au

Funded by Western Australia’s Department of Culture & the Arts
and everyone who crowdfunded us through Pozible!

Many thanks to: Michael & Cathy Barker, Costa Georgiadis, Vandana Shiva, Gail Jones, David Holmgren & Su Dennett, Jim, Ani, Jango & Tanja Moynihan, John Butler & Danielle Caruana, Philip Mortlock, Paul Stamets, Paul Henneberry, Kate & Josie Fraser, Dave Mann & Bec Schofield, Jaide & Daniel Stronggrove, Tasara Dewhurst, Magenta Kakariki, Olly Watkins, Sarah Curro, Angela Sutherland, Stew Bags, Dylan & Katy, Jen Campbell, Emma Leaf-Grimshaw, Diana Condylas, Emma-Kate Rose, Murray Campbell, Mark Brown, Jen Mendez, Emily Barrow, Stacey Turner, Suzie Cahn, Karina Castan, Bex Horsfall, Craig Phillipson, Charly Brown, Tom & Aurian Clarkson, Danger Deadnettlez, Paul Bishop, Skye Avogniko, Claire Griffin, Rich Anderson, Lucy Cahill, Simba Bushman, Damaris Reinke, Leon Parkhill, Fraser Thomas Ashford, Aaron Mitchell, Eli Beke, Michele Kwok, Peter Austin, Evie Buckland, Lucinda Young, Rick Tanaka, Adam Breasley, Austep Music & Green Music Australia.

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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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