The Mangrove Song

from Curious by My Friend The Chocolate Cake

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THE MANGROVE SONG
(Bridie/Barker)

Inside the reef line the ocean is calm
The deaf one is a fisherman he’s working alone on his own
He’s working alone
Don’t you go out there when the tide’s coming in
The ocean it will smash you it will cut up your skin let it in
It’ll cut up your skin oh yeah

There’s a place you may go
When the tide is so low
There’s a place you may go

A blanket of insects the water is still
Down in the mangrove swamp there’s creatures that kill
if you will there’s creatures that kill
The mud crabs at moonrise crawl out in the night
Quiver with secrets and nothing is quiet in the night
Yeah nothing is quiet, oh yeah

There’s a place you may go
When the tide is so low
There’s a place you may go

I don’t know any ol’ place where the sun gets down so low
I don’t know any ol’ place at all

The roots ‘neath the mangrove trees crawl through the sand
Just like a hunting bird at all times prepared
they’re prepared at all times prepared
No don’t you go out there when the tides coming in
The ocean it will cut you it will cut up your skin
Let it in it’ll cut up your skin

There’s a place you may go
When the tide is so low there’s a place you may go
There’s creatures that kill

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from Curious, released January 1, 2002

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My Friend The Chocolate Cake Melbourne, Australia

Their name alone should have ensured a quiet life. No one dreamed of ARIA awards, two years of sold-out Edinburgh Festival dates or the kind of ageless and eternally devoted audience. Somewhere within the unlikely union of kitchen sink piano tales, vivid chamber orchestration and hell-raising instrumental shenanigans, the Melbourne band has carved out a 20 year, seven album history. ... more

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