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Give Me The Good News – Crocodile Harris

Give Me The Good News – Crocodile Harris

Crododile Harris - Give Me Good News

Crododile Harris – Give Me Good News

With the help of Tully McCully, Crocodile Harris constructed ‘Give Me The Good News’ around a beautiful piano lullaby tune. Some lush orchestral sounds are added while Crocodile’s emotive vocals build into the crescendo of the brassy chorus that fairly soars. However, unlike some other anti-war songs, (Dylan’s ‘Masters of War’ for example), this is not an angry song. It is almost like a father telling a child not to grow up going to war. This feeling is perhaps brought on by the lullaby lilt to the piano and, as the song draws to a close, a child-like xylophone accompanies the piano.

Harris, (real name Robin Graham), scored it big with this anti-war song. Not only did the song spent 8 weeks on the Springbok Top 20 , peaking at number 14 in 1982, but also went on to shift 650 000 units in France. Who says good news doesn’t sell?

Where to find it:

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Lyrics:

If we accept the word forever
Maybe we should live together
And not be scared to watch
The late night news
You can’t use guns to build a nation
A bullet never was creation

Give, give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

If I accept the word tomorrow
Can I file away my sorrow
And not be scared to watch
The late night news
You can’t use force to sell a promise
Dictatorship was never honest

Give, give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

Give, please give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

If I accept the word forever
Maybe we should live together
And not be scared to watch
The late night news
You can’t use guns to build a nation
A bullet never was creation

Give, give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

Give, please give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

Give, give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

Written by Tully McCully and Geoff Coxall

Neutron Bop – Falling Mirror

Neutron Bop – Falling Mirror

Falling Mirror -  The Storming Of The Loft

Falling Mirror – The Storming Of The Loft (vinyl)

Falling Mirror - The Storming Of The Loft (CD)

Falling Mirror – The Storming Of The Loft (CD re-issue)

Falling Mirror always like putting a rock n’ roll number on their albums and on ‘The Storming Of The Loft’ it was called ‘Neutron Bop’. It’s a foot tapping tune that has a rock-a-billy beat and a few rocking guitar licks thrown in for good measure. Another feature is a ‘driving through an American desert’ harmonica.

The chorus (which includes Tully McCully) echoes Nielen Marias’ vocals, repeating the last line of the first verse which all rhyme with bop. They then add a ‘Bop! Bop! to later verses whether they end in a ‘op’ sound or not.

Those who prefer the more serious of Falling Mirror’s song will possibly not list this as a favourite as it is jaunty and fun filled, but it does show the breadth of talent that made up the group, allowing them to create rock masterpieces like ‘Johnny Calls The Chemist’ and ‘Makin Out With Granny’, but also opening the way for them to pay homage to a style of music they obviously have a soft spot for. ‘Neutron Bop’ does feel a bit too modern for it to sit completely comfortably with songs from Carl Perkins, early Elvis Presley and Bill Hailey but, I am sure, would have been favourably looked up by those luminaries if they had ever got to hear it.

Where to find it:

Zen Boulders / The Storming Of The Loft – Falling Mirror (2002), Retrofresh, freshcd124

Website:

www.FallingMirror.com

The Buccaneer – McCully Workshop

The Buccaneer – McCully Workshop (Rated Arrrr!!)

The Buccaneer – McCully Workshop

The Buccaneer – McCully Workshop

Tully McCully is an relatively unsung hero of South African music. Apart from his work with McCully Workshop, his name appears on numerous South African records sleeves as producer or writer. His Spaced Out Studios are also a popular place for South African music to be recorded.

In 1965 Tully and his brother Mike formed the Blue Three with Richard Hyman. A few name and personnel changes later and McCully Workshop was born. They enjoyed a lot of success and critical acclaim. Then in 1977, they released the album ‘Workshop Revisited’ which featured ‘Buccaneer’ a song about pirates, hidden treasures, yardarms and betrayal. The song quickly climbed to the top of the South African charts and not surprising as it is a great rock track, complete with sing-a-long chorus and imagery that had most school boys swashbuckling with air guitars up and down the country.

The song made its way into the psyche of the country and has remained a firm favourite for many. If you can find it, there is a cover version by a group called Moyawetu. Also look out for the harder edged re-recorded 1988 version featuring Jethro Butow on guitar.

Where to find it:

The Best Of McCully Workshop – McCully Workshop, (2005, re-issued 2010) Fresh Music, Freshcd177
Buccaneer (1998 re-recording) – McCully Workshop (1998) Micmac Sound, MS001
Live! (2008 live version) – McCully Workshop (2008) McCully Music
SA Rock Gold (3cD set) – Various Artists (2010) Universal, TUMGCD100

Lyrics:

Sixteen men on a dead man’s chest
Will I see you tomorrow
Sixteen men and I’ll see the rest
I won’t beg, steal or borrow
I won’t beg, steal or borrow

Well we sailed into the beach
And we were just out of reach
Of the forty-second squadron
When I heard the captain screech

Get down on the sand
Don’t you waste no time
‘Cause we gotta get that gold inside
Before it turns after nine

And the Buccaneer said I’ll see you dead
I’ll see you swinging from the yard arm
The buccaneer sang in a nasal twang
There’s enough gold here to start on
There’s enough gold to get high on

Well the Captain he’d been told
Where they hid away the gold
And he told us to go dig it up
So that he could get it sold

But somebody had taken it
Before his very eyes
And he turned around and looked at me
And much to my surprise

And the Buccaneer said I’ll see you dead
I’ll see you swinging from the yard arm
The buccaneer sang in a nasal twang
There’s enough gold here to start on
There’s enough gold to get high on

Save me! Whoa, oh, oh, save me
Save me from
The Buccaneer

Save me! Whoa, oh, oh, save me
Save me from
The Buccaneer

Well I had to get away
So I swam into the bay
And I could hear him coming up
And I could hear him say

When I get hold of you
You won’t even cry
Cause I’ll string you from the yardarm
And all you’ll do is die

Well they got me on the deck
Put the rope around my neck
And I could feel the sweat break out
And I could feel it stick

But the Royal Navy frigate came
And rescued me at last
She put one across the bow
And fired one into the mast

And the Buccaneer said I’ll see you dead
I’ll see you swinging from the yard arm
The buccaneer sang in a nasal twang
There’s enough gold here to start on
There’s enough gold to get high on

And the Buccaneer said I’ll see you dead
I’ll see you swinging from the yard arm
The buccaneer sang in a nasal twang
There’s enough gold here to start on
There’s enough gold to get high on

(Written by Mike McCullagh)

Video:

Website:

http://mccullyworkshop.co.za

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