Fair Dinkum?

by George Brown

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Some Ghost

(you are)


I saw you today in some old washed-up video,

a high-eight recording cracked across my screen.

playing the same song, showing all your teeth,

in crooked rows,

some of them backwards in your mouth,

all of them coming to a point.


An imposter sang with you and botched all the words.

she wore an Indian headdress and scratched-up sunglasses,

like the two of you need any more theatrics,

or to be more irreverent of the dead.


Seeing an apparition not worthy of fear,

I let the tape play over,

fondling the remote control

and staring into your hair-line.


It made me think of that night in New Orleans.

We were living in my shit-hole car,

you were going down on me in the back seat in a hotel parking lot

and a security guard flashed his light in the window;

you called him a nigger,

we laughed and drove away fast.


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released 19 August 2014

FAIR DINKUM? was recorded in Prosperity, SC (06/27/14)
~Gitarre, Klavier & Vokal: uʍoɹq ǝƃɹoǝפ

uƃᴉsǝp ʇɹ∀: George Wagoner

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Track Name: Five Years
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Pushing through the market square
So many mothers sighing
The news had just come over;
We had five years left to cry in

News guy wept as he told us
Earth was really dying
He cried so much his face was wet
Then I knew he was not lying

I heard telephones, opera house, favorite melodies
I saw boys, toys, electric irons & T.V.'s
My brain hurt like a warehouse
It had no room to spare;
I had to cram so many things to store
Everything in there

And all the fat/skinny people . . .
And all the tall/short people . . .
And all the nobody people . . .
And all the somebody people . . .

I never thought I would need so many people . . .

A girl my age went off her head
Hit some tiny children
And If the black hadn't a-pulled her off
Well, I think she would have killed them

A soldier with a broken arm;
His fixed stare to the wheels of a Cadillac
A cop knelt & kissed the feet of a priest
And a queer threw up at the sight of that

I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlor
Drinking milk shakes cold & long
Smiling & waving & looking so fine
I don't think you knew you were in this song

And it was cold
And it rained
So I felt like an actor
And I thought of ma
And I wanted to get back there . . .

Your face,
Your race
The way that you talk;
I kiss you,
You're beautiful
I want you to walk . . .

We've got five years--
Stuck on my eyes

Five years--
What a surprise!

We've got five years--
My brain hurts a lot

Five years--
That's all we've got . . .

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Track Name: ǝW ɹǝqɯǝɯǝɹ
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You told me once
That you were mine
Alone forever;
And I was yours
'Til the end of eternity

But all those vows
Are broken now
And I will never
Be the same
Except in memory . . .

Remember me
When the candle lights are gleamin'

Remember me
At the close of a long, hard day

And it would be so sweet,
When, all alone, I'm dreramin'

Just to know
That you still remember me

A brighter face
May take my place
When we're apart, dear;
Another love
With a heart more bold & free

But in the end,
Fairweather friends
May break your heart, dear;
And when they do, sweetheart,
Remember me . . .

Remember me
When the candle lights are gleamin'

Remember me
At the close of a long, hard day

And it would be so sweet,
When, all alone, I'm dreramin'

Just to know
That you still remember me . . .

Just to know
That you still remember me

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Track Name: ǝuᴉʇuǝɯǝlƆ
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Oh, my darling . . .
Oh, my darling . . .
Oh, my darling, Clementine

You are lost & gone forever;
Dreadful sorry, Clementine . . .

In a cavern . . .
In a canyon . . .
Excavating for a mine

Lived a miner, forty-niner
And his daughter, Clementine . . .

Light she was . . .
And like a fairy . . .
And her shoes were number nine

Herring boxes without topses;
Sandals weren't for Clementine . . .

Oh, my darling . . .
Oh, my darling . . .
Oh, my darling, Clementine

You are lost & gone forever;
Dreadful sorry, Clementine . . .

Drove she ducklings . . .
To the water . . .
Every morning right at nine

Hit her foot against a splinter;
Fell into the foaming brine . . .

Ruby lips . . .
Above the water . . .
Blowing bubbles soft & fine

But alas, I was no swimmer;
So I lost my Clementine . . .

Oh, my darling . . .
Oh, my darling . . .
Oh, my darling, Clementine

You are lost & gone forever;
Dreadful sorry, Clementine . . .

How I missed her . . .
How I missed her . . .
How I missed my Clementine

'Til I kissed her little sister;
And for forgot that Clementine . . .

Oh, my darling . . .
Oh, my darling . . .
Oh, my darling, Clementine

You are lost & gone forever;
Dreadful sorry, Clementine . . .

Soon the miner . . .
Forty-niner . . .
Began to pique & pine

Thought he oughter join his daughter;
Now he's with his Clementine . . .

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Track Name: ɐʇɹǝqoɹ
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Oh, Roberta
Set down on my knee . . .

Oh, Roberta
Set down on my knee . . .

I got something to tell you
That's been bothering me

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Track Name: no⅄ uo llǝdS ɐ ʇnԀ I
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I put a spell on you
Because you're mine
You better stop
The things that you're doin'
I said, "Watch out!"
I ain't lyin'

I ain't gonna take none of your
Foolin' around
I ain't gonna take none of your
Puttin' me down
I put a spell on you
Because you're mine

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Track Name: ¿ɹǝʇɐM ǝɥʇ ssoɹƆ uɥoſ ,lo ʇ,upᴉp
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Didn't ol' John cross the water,
Water on his knees?

Didn't ol' John cross the water
On his knees?

Let us all bow down,
Good lord, and face,
Face the rising sun . . .

Didn't ol' John cross the water,
Water on his knees?

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Track Name: ƃuoS uɐᴉᴉɐʍɐH
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It was silent on the island of Hawaii;
Down Hawaii way . . .

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Track Name: osɐԀ lƎ
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Out in the West Texas
Town of El Paso,
I fell in love
With a Mexican girl . . .

I met a Shaman
And ate some Peyote
Then I fell in love
With a Mexican squirrel . . .

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Track Name: ǝƃɹoǝפ ʎǝH
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Hey George!
I heard you shot your woman down . . .

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Track Name: ƃuol∀ ɹǝɥʇɹɐℲ
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Farther along
We'll know all about it

Farther along
We'll understand why

Cheer up, my brother;
Live in the sunshine

We'll understand it all
By & by

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Track Name: dolunp ˙ɹW
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"Dear friends & neighbors . . ."

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Track Name: ǝɯɐפ llɐq ǝɥʇ oʇ ʇnO ǝW ǝʞɐ┴
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Take me out to the ball game;
Take me out to the crowd

Buy me some peanuts & crackerjacks;
I don't care if I never get back

For it's root! root! root! for the home team;
If they don't win, it's a shame

'Cause it's one! two! three strikes, you're out!
At the ol' ball game

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Track Name: ¡¡¡ǝɔuɐʍoll∀ ǝɹoW pǝǝN I
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I need more allowance!!!

Why?!

Because I do!!!

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Track Name: ˙ɔʇǝ 'uloɔuᴉ˥ ǝq∀
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Old Abe Lincoln came out of the wilderness . . .
Out of the wilderness . . .
Out of the wilderness . . .

Old Abe Lincoln came out of the wilderness
Many long years ago

Jefferson Davis tried to tear down the government . . .
Tear down the government . . .
Tear down the government . . .

Ol' Jeff Davis tried to tear down the government
Many long years ago

But old Abe Lincoln came and built back a better one . . .
Built back a better one . . .
Built back a better one . . .

Old Abe Lincoln cam and built us a better one
Many long years ago

(And then look what happened . . .)

Barack Obama was the first black president . . .
First black president . . .
First black president . . .

Barack Obama was the first black president
Many long years ago

But Hillary Clinton came and made him a slave again . . .
Made him a slave again . . .
Made him a slave again . . .

Hillary Clinton came and made him a slave again;
Now she rules the world!!!

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Track Name: ǝᴉxᴉp
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¿ɯnʞuᴉp ɹᴉɐℲ

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Track Name: ƃuᴉuɹoW ǝɥʇ uᴉ ʎlɹɐƎ
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Early in the morning
I will sing you a love song
And tell you of my sorrow
For the years spent alone

But I must tell you quickly
For the memories are fading;
Just before the first time
That I call you my own

Brighter than the Sun
Lovely as the Moon;
It's wonderful to know
That I'll be with you soon . . .

'Cause later in the day
The chance may slip far behind us
The worries of a lifetime
Make love harder to see

And when the evening finds us
We may not be together;
In love with you
Is all I ever wanted to be

Brighter than the Sun
Lovely as the Moon;
It's wonderful to know
That I'll be with you soon . . .

Early in the morning
I will sing you a love song
And tell you of my sorrow
For the years spent alone

But I must tell you quickly
For the memories are fading;
Just before the first time
That I call you my . . .

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