Calshot Spit

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Hello. Graeme Humphreys speaking. I realise now that I should have said who the hell it was writing all the guff about these songs.
This one is my personal favourite, and nobody else's. It began as two distinct pieces, unconnected.
I can't now recall exactly where the sellotape sits. All I know is that I wanted to create a piece of music that went back on itself but then went 2 steps further, then back again, and changed again, and again, and again, deeper and deeper, more and more internal, ending far away from whence it began, with hopefully nobody noticing the change along the way.

lyrics

Wishing I was not the sole subscriber to the pool.
Spoiled for choice, the clean, spare, lot and only the option to choose.
Misty rain and foreground, hands reach up to the sky, each drop is caught, held to the light, I can't begin to say why.

Heaven sent. I told you. Now the time to depart has arrived.
Filling with dread. Feeling light, and ahead. Keeping one eye to the shore. And I play through the days that I smuggled away for just such occasions as these, and I reckon on being up most of the night thinking where, in all this, will it lead.

I come from the bottom of the world.

Maybe they'll say how wonderful, how wonderful you are.
Then again, maybe, just like the rest of them - made for keeping your mind in a jar.
And if the same choices came, if they could come again, they'd suggest that we stay as we are.
Reason came after everything.
Sniggering.
Just stay as you are, everyone stay as you are.

Think of all that is possible.
Think of all that's happened so far.
Think again carefully of all the friends you have and the times you've spent with them so far.
And if a tragedy came, carried half them away, do you think that you'd get very far.
Reason came after everything, sniggering, just stay as you are, everyone stay as you are.

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from The Overflow, released February 20, 2006
Humphreys/Keen

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Humphreys & Keen Auckland

Graeme Humphreys & Peter Keen were the primary songwriting partnership of the critically acclaimed Able Tasmans, an NZ band in the Flying Nun stable that produced 4 albums & one EP.

Named from the A B Paterson character Clancy of the Overflow, the ideas are drawn from many sources; Australian outback poetry; magic realism; a train between Bologna & Firenze; & our dark little rainy island.
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