Radish Beets - Remix Album

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1.
One thing’s for certain and that’s that nothing’s for certain You never know what’s around the bend In whatever you’re dealing just accept what you’re feeling There’s no point in believing it will never end 'Cos it’s changing, constantly changing In every situtation the only thing that remains the same is change. Like a change in the season change is there for a reason. Can’t stop ourselves from moving around the sun There’s no point in complaining if it’s stormy and raining Just go and get an umbrella and play in the rain with someone Cos it’s changing every moment changing Sometimes there’s nothing you can do and no matter who you are you’ve just got to be cool with change Change is there make the most of it Might as well use it for your benefit If your food’s bad, better compost it When there’s no planes, build a pirate ship and sail the seas! You can do as you please but only if you know you’ve got to improvise your way through change Even if you keep very still be guaranteed that nothing else will Don’t sit around wondering what to do If you don’t make change, it’ll happen to you We’ve got small change & big change and loose change slow change and fast change and a wind change We’ve got sea change and tree change and climate change you change and me change and a key change... Change is all the rage, turn the page away from this strange age of the deranged. Time to engage with rearranging our brains from insane to sane. Step out of your cage worrying about your wage or the Asian stock exchange. Just drain your main vain of the pain, take to the stage and become an agent of change.
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If you work all day from nine to five and come home feeling half alive, and never see your kids and wife, then I’ve got news for you There’s no point doing what you do unless it’s somehow good for you You’ve got to get a result or two in the form of something real If you’re feeling stressed and not the best and have trouble finding happiness well here’s one thing I will suggest: Obtain yourself a yield Obtain yourself a yield Sustain your energy Don’t drain yourself, maintain yourself Obtain yourself a yield See, money’s not the only yield, You could be making a bigger deal about what you eat for your next meal You can’t run on an empty tank Ignore the stash of cash in your pocket Just make a salad with home-grown rocket. You just have to go out back and pluck it No need to go to the bank. You gotta work your days for stuff that pays. in not just money, but in many ways It’s time you cleared away the haze and obtained yourself a yield. Obtain yourself a yield of something you can eat You can produce some things of use with your own two hands and feet. Obtain yourself a yield right in the here and now Make sure to earn something in return Here, let me show you how. If you’re feeling sleepy then go and have a sleep If you feel like there’s not enough air, then breathe in very deep If you’re thirsty then you oughta get yourself a drink of water and if it’s gonna be cold and your feeling bold you could shear yourself a sheep In any given moment there’s everything you need Just look around, it will be found then obtain yourself a yield. Obtain yourself a yield Take only what you need Life’s pretty fun when you’re getting’ some but there’s no need for greed. Obtain yourself a yield and one for others too Make sure to seal both ends of the deal of what’s good for both of you An easy way to do it is to give one to your friends because the good things you do come back to you and the yield just never ends.
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Some people tell me that I’m crazy 'cos I do things that don’t fit in with the rest of society 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. 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 I’m gonna work that interface and 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
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If you mix every colour under the sun, in time you’ll find that you just have one. Better give them all a chance to shine cos otherwise you end up with the same thing. It’s a delicate balancing act, and that applies to you and me 'Cause the only way we stay intact Is with a big fat dose of diversity. Our bodies are a billion organisms made into one There’s no telling where the last one ended or where the next tiny little bacterium begun You see, diversity is your friend and If your food only had one flavour If everything that you said was right it really wouldn’t work to your favour Variety is the spice of life. 'Cause there’s many, many, many, many different kinds and many, many, many, many different places Many, many, many, many different times many, many, many, many different faces Many, many, different varieties, many, many, people in society Many different opinions on the way to do things many, many, many, many songs to sing If you like everything to look the same just open your mind and try to get past it 'cause it really does make you stronger when you don’t put all your eggs in one basket. The more functioning connections the better You never know what it will become Mix it up but keep it together Make your differences work as one. 'cause there’s many many… Mix it up, mix it up, mix it up Bring it back, bring it back, bring it back
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I see you there, on your own And I don’t know what you’re doing all alone There’s not enough time in this life To be wrapped up in your own thing, just doing your own thing. wrapped up in your own thing, thinking bout your own thing. I‘ve got an idea of things to do But they’d be ten times better if I did them with you Come over here, we’ll make it happen With some inspirational collaboration Lets get together. All my people in the neighbourhood You’ve lived here so long, what’s going on? Don’t even know your names, or what you do. But with a little bit of effort, we could make community. With a little bit of effort, we could make community Lets get together. Lets get together. One and one makes more than two functions we need to make the connection shed the illusion of separation Everyone living on this land We could make light work if we give each other a hand Doesn’t matter where you’re from Or who you are We need some integration, no more segregation Yeah. we need some integration, no more segregation. Let’s get together.
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Catch and store energy!
7.
When I was a little boy, I liked to catch the rain while people all around my town watched it flow right down the drain But because our little shed in the bush wasn’t on the mains the only water we had to use was in a tank caught from the rain Cos there’s no such thing as waste, Only stuff in the wrong place There’s no such thing as waste, Misusing water’s a disgrace Moved to the city, rented a house, on my way to buy a bed Saw one lying on the side of the road so I took that one instead. I also found a fridge, a couch and a big old plasma screen in the biggest pile of thrown out stuff that I had ever seen But there’s no such thing as waste Only stuff in the wrong place Yeah, there’s no such thing as waste That old landfill is a disgrace. Down the track, I found out that diesel cars can run on veggie fat Bought a truck and hit the road, smelling like fish & chips I rescued piles of wasted oil from the back of restaurants I’d be a fool if I bought my fuel when there’s oil nobody wants There’s no such thing as waste Only stuff in the wrong place No, there’s no such thing as waste That old idea’s got to be replaced Now we gotta refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle Refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle. Now I get my things out of garbage bins, I compost every crumb, I save my seeds and eat my weeds and feed the leftovers to ya mum Gonna build a house from the rubbish tip, gonna keep this planet clean Reuse ideas that have been round for years to live within its means. There’s no such thing as waste, woah no Only stuff in the wrong place, scooba doo beeooden dip I said there’s no such thing as waste, yeah Only opportunity to be embraced.
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I wake up every morning Every night I go to bed Like everybody, I was born and Like everybody, someday I’ll be dead Like the sun arising and the sun going down It’s all working to a pattern that keeps the whole thing going round Always in patterns that keep coming around, around, around It’s the way it happens They keep going around, around, around Gotta see the bigger picture before looking at the small If you can’t see the forest for the trees then you’re not really seeing at all Before you do anything gotta know how it’s done Work from a pattern to the details you’ll be halfway there before you’ve even begun Around, around, around They’ll tell you what you need to know from what the weather’s doing, if there’s rain a-brewing to how to make your garden grow We can rely on patterns and you can learn them faster Train your brain to retain them. Become a pattern master Like a tessellated tamarillo or a spiral full of herbs or Fibonacci geometry in broccoli or all of these rhyming words It really blows my mind The way it’s all designed Oh no, I’m not religious but it’s prodigious All these patterns in this world of mine. Everythings in patterns In a dynamic relationship with the answers at your fingertip Life is just one big mobius trip Woah, if you can disprove patterns well I’ll eat my hat and make my habitat into a room full of padding in downtown Ballarat and just talk in scat: Scoobeedoobeedoobee… Like that.

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A next-level experiment in ecological electroswing, Radish Beets features remixes of tracks from Formidable Vegetable Sound System's debut album, Permaculture: A Rhymer's Manual by some of the world's finest electronic producers.

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released July 10, 2015

Written and recorded by Charlie Mgee and Formidable Vegetable Sound System
Produced by Charlie Mgee, Jim Moynihan, JPOD, Griff, Bumble and Matty Moon.
Artwork by Charlie Mgee.

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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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