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This song is in memory of our friend Heather McKenzie who died of a brain aneurysm in 2009.

The 7inch single is released in a limited edition of 30 hand-numbered copies. All proceeds from the sale of the record go to the SPCA, where Heather was a volunteer worker.


(words and music copyright Damien Wilkins)

‘Brown-Eyed Girl' comes on the radio
As we drive to the funeral
And she will never sing it again.
Was it only last week we were going
Sha la la la la cos we couldn’t remember the words?

Sunshine and song and misery
Without a hint of rain
And it’ll never be the same again.
Here comes the piper—
Why do we hate that sound so much?
Cos he’s piping in our pain.

Sun and the sound of Scotland
Warmth of the dogs at Neil’s feet.
Hey do you remember
The hills and your favourite seat?
Let’s take the boys for a run now,
They’ll be looking for you of course.
And I will hold your hand on the steep part
And we’ll try to feel better
Try to feel better
Try to feel better
Oh dear Heather.

This must be some kind of terror
To be talking about the weather
When all I really want to talk about is you
Oh dear Heather.

And I remember having you on
About what was your favourite New Zealand song.
And we laughed when you said Split Enz
Cos anyone said that wasn’t worth attention.
And you said Tim Finn saved your life
And tears came into your eyes
And the room went all quiet
And you said fuck you and fuck you too
Fuck you for being so cool
Cos in these things
In these things
You don’t get to choose.

I got you and that’s all I want.
I got you and that’s all I want.
I got you and that’s all I want.
I got you and that’s all I want.


from A side: Heather / B side: Liverpool FC - single, released December 11, 2012
All instruments played by Damien Wilkins, except violin played by Mike Reid.

Recorded by Damien Wilkins. Mixed and mastered by Mike Gibson.

Cover design by Michael Christoffel.


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

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