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    THIS RECORD RECEIVED AN A- FROM ROBERT CHRISTGAU - CAPS FOR THAT!
    it's a fold-out glossy thing with a beautiful Peter Black photo on the cover

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This one is for my dear friend Barbara Anderson. Buy Barbara's books!

lyrics

BARBARA
I’d like to celebrate the life
Of Barbara Lillias Romaine
My favourite naval wife
The great novelist of pain
And sinking and gasping
And rising again

Don’t want to do this by the dates
She was born a couple of times
The first might have been a mistake
But what you live through you can
Shine and revise and disguise
And create again

All the nice girls are in trouble
Cos they’ve grown so impossibly tall
They’ve forgotten to be humble
As they run to the door
And out into the world
And not a single word can stop them now

Let’s consider the mighty sea-horse
Whom she first met at Portobello
Finds some vertical growing seaweed
To wrap its end around and say farewell
Or see here
I mean you - hello!

All the nice girls are in trouble
Cos they thought about their lives
And they started sharing novels
In their heads was a fire
That burnt off all the lies
Warmed them inside and left them steamy!

credits

from the lines are open, released November 12, 2014
Damien: words, music, sings, strums, plays synths
Andrew Bain: bass
Craig Terris: drums + backing vocals
Luke Buda: guitars

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The Close Readers Wellington, New Zealand

Formed in 2010, this band records the songs of New Zealand fiction writer Damien Wilkins.

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