Comes in an 8-page foldout digipack cover - two CDs - the second CD being an extended version of "Here and there", a one-take recording stretching to almost an hour, intended as a an aural journey from town to town in the Australian outback.
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- I spent a night on the piss in Middleton with an opal-miner, Greggie… we talked long into the night comparing and lamenting the challenges of our respective careers of music and mining. He talked like he could “get a parcel” any time he wanted to, but really he was all about the search, the discovery, the finding rather than the object of desire itself.
These are the notes used as a basis for the recording - you may notice a few differences here and there...
he’s goin out to get a parcel
he’s goin out to get a parcel in the morning, Greggie
he’s heading out in the morning
I met greggie a few years back
I was travelling with my 5yo daughter on our way to Urandangi, which is about 200km SW of Mt Isa. we’d left Winton after going to the Waltzing Matilda Museum, seeing the fake dinsouar tracks, playing on Graeme Leak’s Musical Fence and checking out Arno’s amazing wall with lawnmowers, motorbokes, kitchen sinks and more.
two hours further west into the outback we stopped at Middleton – not even a crossraods, there was just a pub, a derelict house, a phonebox and a rickety structure offering shade, with a sign on it, naming it “The Hilton”
We stopped for a drink, though we still had two hours to get to Boulia. Got to chatting with a coupla people, while Lily got to immediately playing with a girl, who was just about 9yo, though we would see her driving her parent’s ute in the morning – things are a little looser in the outback
car – jump the river
about greggie – opal miner,
opal cutter for sister in Rocky
part owner of a shopping centre
but tomorrow, he’s goin out to get a parcel
the big companies have the technology but not the knowledge, they get propped up by their mates in government but they still don’t know where to look, but greggie does, he can get a parcel any time he wants.
He’s got the home in Winton, but he stays at his missus’ place – the cops are looking for him… 10 years ago was the last time, but he knows the land, he knows they won’t find him… but he prefers it out here anyway… under the stars, in the country his father shared with him
he and I, we talk all night… bonding over countless anaemic XXXX’s, both marginalised, ranting about politics, exploring on the fringes, looking for the next discovery. He can get a parcel any time he wants – and he’s goin out in the morning to do just that, get a parcel.
But if he can, why hasn’t he cleaned up? Why is he still going out searching? What’s he doing in the middle of nowhere?
He’s the same as an adventurer seeker, a scientist, the monk, an artist, that curious kid… he’s got the spirit of those who risked their lives to travel halfway across the world on a boat in search of a better life. He’s about “I wonder… ? “what if? “ what else is there?” – its not really the stone he’s after, he just loves the journey, the life, the mystery, the stars, the edge, the unknown,
he and I, in the middle of nowhere, pissed as farts, he and I, two blokes against the world, we’re not so far apart.
He knows where it is – he can get a parcel anytime he wants – he knows where it is
Greggie – he’s goin out to get a parcel in the morning
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