Wind In Your Sail

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THE dwarf band / KELLAWAY SAGA (continued from 'Cube, It & Bent)

This, the second dwarf band album, saw the blending of the remnants of Alf’s original Casio 35 songs with some rough and ready acoustic guitar-based song-writing. Once again, John was called on to help put a little order into some of the pesky starts, solos and finishes, but the songs were generally more fully formed and the performers more ready, when the studio beckoned. This album has a recurring theme of compassion juxtaposed with the usual lashings of social comment. The title derives from the struggles of a brother-in-arms, who never really got the full south-westerly back into his sail, but battled on gamely for many years. No matter how loud you try to sing it out, sometimes the words just get blown away.

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released July 1, 1993

Songs and vocals: Alf Davies

Backing vocals, lead vocals on 'Sufficient Cause', acoustic 6 & 12 string Matons, mandolin: John Dean

All other instruments, engineering & arrangements, all
aspects of production: Ken Stephenson

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Track Name: The Grain, The Moon and The Madness
THE GRAIN, THE MOON AND THE MADNESS

We put a man upon the moon
We sent a probe up there to Mars
Invent machines to play our tune
Computer brains replacing hearts
But there's a place out there in Africa
Duals to the death are over food
Can't get a grain of wheat to Africa
We got a man up to the moon

And soon we'll have a person
With no mother or father
Soon you'll choose the kind of nose
On the baby that you're after
Soon we'll have our pate-gras
Synthesized from plastic
Soon we'll find out how to get
A grain of wheat to Afrique
Africa, Africa
Africa she bleeds, Africa in need
Africa, Africa

We preach our democratic sermon
We preach the evil ends of war
We peddle arms to any person
We send them satisfaction sure
But there's a place out there in Africa
Dealers in death are number one
Can't get a grain of wheat to Africa
Won't find a way to stop the guns
And there's a place out there in Africa
Duals to the death are over food
Can't get a grain of wheat to Africa
We got a man up to the moon

And soon we'll have a person
With no mother or father
Soon you'll choose the kind of nose
On the baby that you're after
Soon we'll have our pate-gras
Synthesized from plastic
Soon we'll find out how to get
A grain of wheat to Afrique
Africa, Africa
Africa she bleeds, Africa in need
Africa, Africa

Africa we'll be there soon
We got a man up to the moon
Africa we'll be there soon
We got a man up to the moon
Africa, Africa
Africa
Track Name: It's Enough
IT’S ENOUGH

I come from, the third world in the west
Like poor Peru, I'm a slave to debts
The credit's free, the interest's always more
It's hard enough, don't need the wolf at the door

And what they give has no value
Their words are full of the good they do
They make you feel that you're the one untrue
To an honest way to live, to the proper way to give
Enough to make you sick, it's just a dirty trick

My mistake, is that I love my fun
They assume, I can't get anything done
Despite the years, they say I don't have proof
It's hard enough, without the hole in the roof

And what I use has no value
But all my wage goes up the tube
They trick me into feeling I'm untrue
To an honest way to live, to the proper way to give
Enough to make you sick, it's just a dirty trick

The righteousness of power, grows with every hour
They make it seem like they shower you with gifts
But down there on the street, it's poverty that speaks
Enough to make you sick, it's just a dirty trick

Take a loan, say all the western banks
It's not for nought, we think you should give thanks
We'll say it's for, another hydro-dam
It's hard enough, without the master plan

And what we give has no value
You'll pay and pay, and when you're through
We'll say you are the ones who've been untrue
To an honest way to live, to the proper way to give
Enough to make you sick, it's just a dirty tri-ick
Dirty tri-ick, dirty trick
Track Name: Silent Despair
SILENT DESPAIR

She went walking on a winter morning
On her honeymoon in France
Walking lonely Annie, walking home there Annie?
She knew the marriage wouldn't last
Oh Annie, what are you doing?
Oh Annie, what are you proving?
Oh Annie, where are you heading to?
On a winter morning on your honeymoon?
The cliffs of Calais are surely no place for you?
Oh Annie, oh Annie
Annie why?

He was leaving on a winter evening
On a business trip to France
Waiting for the ferry, no time to be merry
He didn't want another glass
He found her, where the path led
Waves pounded, opened up her head
He found her, on the rocks dead
The eerie sound of his cry
The cliffs of Calais were surely no place to die
Oh Annie, oh Annie
Annie why?
The cliffs of Calais were surely no place to die
The cliffs of Calais were surely no place to die
Track Name: Supermarket Blues
SUPERMARKET BLUES

Wake up in the morning, the kitchen looks bare
The rest is in a shambles, my socks aren't a pair
I'm fortunate the coffee takes away the shakes
I'm thinking of the shopping and I know the effort that takes
I hope it's better to wait

I've got the blues, I' got the supermarket blues
It ain't no use, I' got the supermarket blues
All bad news, I' got the supermarket blues
I have to choose
And you know the effort that takes (effort that takes)
You know the profit that makes (profit that makes)

Head off on a mission, mission one is a park
I'm looking in daylight, still looking at dark
Finally I find one in the fifteenth row
I'm thinking of the shopping and I know I'm pipped at the post
I shop but the shops are closed

I've got the blues, I' got the supermarket blues
I can't choose, got the supermarket blues
Check-out queues, got the supermarket blues
I'm on a short fuse
And you know the mess I could make (mess I could make)
You know the effort that takes (effort that takes)

Lost in the aisles of the supermarket, overwhelmed by choice
Deep in the realm of the supermarket, I shy at my own voice
I've got the blues

I've got the blues, I' got the supermarket blues
It ain't no use, I' got the supermarket blues
All bad news, I' got the supermarket blues
I have to choose
And I know the effort I made (effort I made)
I know the price that I paid (price that I paid)

I've got the blues, I' got the supermarket blues
I can't choose, got the supermarket blues
Check-out queues, I' got the supermarket blues
On a short fuse, got the supermarket blues

I' got the blues, the supermarket blues
So confused, got the supermarket blues
Unamused, got the supermarket blues
I have to lose, those supermarket blues, yeah
Track Name: Revenge
REVENGE

A galaxy of soldiers fine, stretches up to the crest
As I stand at the head of the line, they know I am the best
I have waited many moons, for this chance to repeat
You will dance despair and doom, in the hands of defeat

I glance there behind me now, at my legion of strength
I will tear your standard down, as a god I’ve been sent
My men will follow anywhere, they have absolute trust
Try again a futile repair, you can’t parry my thrust

And in waves we will come, and no challenge we’ll shun
This time you’re caught
You may quake in the towers, by tonight they’ll be ours
We will storm the fort

And in waves we will come, with the dawn of the sun
And with danger fraught
You may forsake all your friends and only hasten your end
We will storm the fort

One movement from my up-raised arm, and the die has been cast
A ripple on the morning calm, a faint sigh from your past
Can you feel your kingdom fade as you peer from the wall
Do you see the error you made, to oppose one so tall

And in waves we are come, as a funeral drum
For your time is short
You may run for escape, you will never be safe
We will storm the fort

And in waves we are come, and no challenge we’ll shun
This time you’re caught
You may quake in the towers, by tonight they’ll be ours
We will storm the fort

Storm the fort (storm the fort)
Storm the fort (storm the fort)
Storm the fort (storm the fort)
Storm the fort (storm the fort)
Storm the fort (storm the fort)
Storm the fort (storm the fort)
Track Name: Heel Nipper's Anthem
HEEL NIPPERS’ ANTHEM

Hey there mister governor whose only aim is growth
You forget you took an oath, for the benefit of most
And though you say you're clean your expense account's unreal
We're hot on your heels

Hey there monster man who's making chemical concoctions
Your effluent is noxious, your promises to stop it
We don't care for your excuses nor care for your sweet deals
We're hot on your heels

Hot on your heels, how does it feel?
Hot on your heels
Hot on your tail and your rotten sweet deals
Watching the sales, watching you steal
Hot on your tail, we'll unravel the knot
We've got the mail, you've got us hot on your heels
Hot on your heels, hot on your heels

Hey there master scientists so brilliant at your sums
Who's to blame, you are the ones, the bulk of you make guns
You say it's all for peace and yet find new ways for kills
We're hot on your heels

Hot on your heels, how does it feel?
Hot on your heels
Hot on your tail and your rotten sweet deals
Watching the sales, watching you steal
Hot on your tail, we'll unravel the knot
We've got the mail, you've got us hot on your heels

Hot on your heels
Hot on your heels
Hot on your heels
Track Name: Song For Tiananmen
SONG FOR TIANANMEN

The signals went out from the hierachy
We cannot tolerate this challenge to our order
We are heading for pure anarchy
If we go on like this they'll be massing on our border
We have worked so hard for what we have
We won't give it up so easily (oh, no we won't)
We protect them, from all that's bad
We cannot stop, we are what they need

Send the tanks in, break out the tear-gas
Rubber bullets, or real ones if they are needed
The army's loyal, they know their master
They don't mind to see their country-men are bleeding
They don't mind at all, it's part of duty's call
They don't mind at all

Send to me the head of the secret service
He will know which of our enemies to take
We will see then that our law is not perverted
If our headman's wrong I shudder for his sake
Can't they see how futile is their stance
They all know we don't give easily (no we don't)
Can't they see that they don't stand a chance
We cannot stop, we are what they need

Declare emergency, all leave to be cancelled
Tell the newspapers we have nothing to say
Call the generals, I want them gathered
Then they'll know what is the game that they must play

I don't mind at all, it's part of duty's call
I will not fall, I will not fall
I will not fall
Track Name: Insomnia
INSOMNIA

I can hear the seconds ticking 'round the clock
Seconds ticking, I'm waiting for the movement to stop
I can hear the patter of the rain on the roof
Seconds ticking but I'm certain that the hands don't move

And I'm worried down deep, I'm counting those sheep
Yes I'm worried down deep, so worried, can't sleep
Insomnia

I can hear the howling of the wind in the eaves
Seconds ticking, I'm hoping for the pressure to ease
I can hear the crying of another regret
Seconds tick in time, I'm hoping to forget

And I'm worried down deep, I'm counting those sheep
Yes I'm worried down deep, so worried, can't sleep
Insomnia

I can hear the rustle, feel the cling of the sheets
Seconds ticking in unison with my heartbeats
I can hear the hollow sound of my own breath
Seconds ticking are bringing me towards my death

And I'm worried down deep, I'm counting those sheep
Yes I'm worried down deep, so worried, can't sleep
Insomnia
Track Name: Transparent
TRANSPARENT

When I was a child I wondered where my life would go
There was no real limit to the facts that I could know
I was optimistic for the progress man would show
Little did I wonder at events that would follow

I see you in the movies, it almost made me smile
You are looking groovy, you think that you have style
Sun-tanned in the lights you bask, your smile is just a plastic mask
Rows of teeth are so sincere, your image is painfully clear
But to me you're like a window, and I say that not to hurt
Somehow we are so shallow, from birth to dust and dirt
We can't implement our words, contradictions so absurd
We think we are what we appear, running from our petty fear
Oh - oh - oh, oh - oh - oh, oh - oh - oh, oh - oh - oh
Oh - oh - oh, oh - oh - oh, oh - oh - oh

Now I'm not a child I wonder where my life will go
There's still no real limit to the facts that I could know
I'm not optimistic for the progress man will show
I must sit and wonder at events that will follow

I see you in the movies, it almost made me smile
You are looking groovy, you think that you have style
Sun-tanned in the lights you bask, your smile is just a plastic mask
Rows of teeth are so sincere, your image is painfully clear
But to me you're like a window, and I say that not to hurt
Somehow we are so shallow, from birth to dust and dirt
We can't implement our words, contradictions so absurd
We think we are what we appear, running from our petty fear
Oh - oh - oh, oh - oh - oh, oh - oh - oh, oh - oh - oh
Oh - oh - oh, oh - oh - oh, oh - oh - oh
Track Name: In The Red
IN THE RED

Profits are fading, in our relationship (runs at a loss)
Invested emotion, gambled on a flip (runs at a loss)
Profits are fading, and I'm not making it with you

So where do we take it from here
Is it better to be distant or be near
Are we bankrupt, insolvent and out-traded
Is our corporate image degraded

Credit's unhealthy, in our banker's eyes (runs at a loss)
Nervously shifting, while confidence declines (runs at a loss)
Profits are fading, disaster's invading our firm

Profits are fading, I see it in your frown (runs at a loss)
Expenses are rising, revenue is down (runs at a loss)
Profits are fading, while I'm here faking it with you

So where do we take it from here
Is it better to be distant or be near
Are we bankrupt, insolvent and out-traded
Is our corporate image degraded

Debits are climbing, receivers on our back (runs at a loss)
Creditors crying, no entries there in black (runs at a loss)
Profits are fading, and I'm not escaping on cue

Profits have faded (in the red)
Profits have faded (in the red)
Profits have faded (in the red)
Profits have faded (in the red)

We're in the red, there's not one there in black
We will never be together in bed again
In the red (in the red)
We're in the red (in the red)
In the red (we're in the red)
Track Name: Tearbrush Tree
TEARBRUSH TREE

Keep on walking while the sun is shining
Hills a-shimmer in the summer heat
Clouds are fleeting, a woman's smiling
Rare these days, these times of need
And I feel a surge of warmness for my world
A certain sense of reason to be here
Surety of purpose, cast aside the worthless
As I walk I'll brush away the falling tear
And this world is mine, everything is fine
As I walk I'll brush away my falling tear
Brush away my falling tear
Brush away my falling tear

Keep on laughing as the day is passing
Scents are hanging from the eucalypts
Wedge-tail soaring, a shadow casting
On distant fields the farmer ripped
And I see there's still some gladness in my world
Battered, tired and worn out, but still here
There remains a purpose, far below the surface
As I walk I'll brush away my falling tear
And this world is mine, everything is fine
As I walk I'll brush away my falling tear
Brush away my falling tear
Brush away my falling tear
Brush away my falling tear
Track Name: Call For Silence
CALL FOR SILENCE

You say there’s no good reason to try to talk it out
You’re positive of what you want, you’re in no doubt
I had hoped for reassurance and you need it too
But if you desire a silence that will have to do

All right, I’ll say good night to you
Hold tight and I will say goodnight
All right, I’ll say good night to you
But it’s a pity in the long term
There’s only so many bridges we can burn

You say there’s no good reason for you to try to change
You’re positive of what you want, it’s just so strange
I know you know your weakness, there you stand alone
And I know there are many I can call my own

All right, I’ll say good night to you
Hold tight and I will say goodnight
All right, I’ll say good night to you
But it’s a pity in the long term
There’s only so many bridges we can burn

You know there’s one good reason for us to persevere
I want to wake and find tomorrow I can hold you near
What’s done or left unsaid won’t turn me round
I want to talk to you, you’re beautiful, I won’t let you down

All right, I’ll say good night to you
Hold tight and I will say goodnight
All right, I’ll say good night to you
But it’s a pity in the long term
There’s only so many bridges we can burn
All right, I’ll say good night to you
Hold tight and I will say goodnight
All right, I’ll say good night to you
But it’s a pity in the long term
There’s only so many bridges we can burn
Track Name: Sufficient Cause
SUFFICIENT CAUSE

I went walking in the forest shade
Stumbled on a victim of a police raid
A terror-drive began that day
This man he cried as in my path he lay

And he said hold me while I am dying
Hold me until I go
Hold me while I am dying
The cold wind begins to blow

A simple tailor, he was taught to fight
He saw the causes in a different light
There's foreigners invading our homes
Tell them that our hearts are still our own

And he said hold me while I am dying
Hold me until I go
Hold me while I am dying
The cold wind begins to blow

He was wandering, he was free at last
Reminiscing on the good times past
In the final ebbing of this brave man's life
He said he led them here to save his wife

And he said hold me while I am dying
Hold me until I go
Hold me while I am dying
The cold wind begins to blow

And he said hold me while I am dying
Hold me until I go
Hold me while I am dying
The cold wind begins to blow
Track Name: Wind In Your Sail
WIND IN YOUR SAIL

Remember stretching, in the sand
When all you wanted, was close to hand
The summer evening, the big brass band
In the playground, in my childhood in the sun
In the sun, in the sun

I see you crying, centred deep
A secret pain there, you try to keep
I cannot reach you, I need to leap
'Cross the years, to your childhood in the sun
In the sun, in the sun

Holding you up now, wind in your sail
Holding you up now, friend who won't fail
Holding you up, and I'm hoping
You'll come down again, you'll calm down again
You'll come down again, you'll come down

You make it hard now, to get through
There's only one road, to pursue
In life persistence is the clue
To the learning, as in childhood in the sun
In the sun, in the sun

Holding you up now, wind in your sail
Holding you up now, friend who won't fail
Holding you up, and I'm hoping
You'll come down again, you'll calm down again
You'll come down again, you'll come down

Wind in your sail, friend who won't fail
Wind in your sail, friend who won't fail
Wind in your sail, friend who won't fail
Wind in your sail, friend who won't fail
Wind in your sail, friend who won't fail
Wind in your sail, friend who won't fail