Eyes Of A Blue Dog

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I'm not telling anybody what this tune was written about. Those that know are the only ones that need to know, and you know who you are, and you know how it works. Pete's lyrics evolved independently from the original "purpose" yet somehow conspired to parallel the feeling beautifully. Peter is the only person on the planet I would trust with this tune.
A degree of musical inspiration came from Claude Debussy, especially his introduction to Pelleas Et Melissande. There is a melodic reference to a Beach Boys line in there. I hope and wish and pray maybe you'll hear it. The crashing at the end is a ceramic beaker being broken in slo-sound. Many thanks and bows to Victoria Kelly for interpretation of what I wanted stringwise, and her thoughtful gorgeous additions.


Remember, when, remember when you wake,
remember, when, remember when you wake,
when you wake, will you remember...

And so it goes, totally independent of how I feel.
Totally independent, without appeal,
I find just I, try as I might.
No great plan,
I see no-one,
and I stand in the rain.
King of "all I see".

Still clipping heads off tall poppies,
Full armed,
waiting for the right to shoot,
for priviledge and charm.

The world so far.
Has flickered suggestions of broad plans,
a wild chance to see them through.
To pull up short, to falter in plain view.

Half of my life given away, given away.

You see four walls that surround me.
Speak to me in my sleep.
And when I wake I can't remember.

Wake, cold sweat, tall foreign shadows,
falling down on me.
Down on me! What's that for?

Remember, when, remember when you wake.


from The Overflow, released February 20, 2006



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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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