The Cool Months

from by Andrew Laking

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In the cool months from June
The new season here
Ground hardens under the evergreens that surround

There’s a crowd singing songs
From the North, so many stalls
Oh, the pie carts and beating hearts
And beating drums that glittered
Last winter, now they barely glimmer

Blue squads come in lines
Their blazers looking fine
Their badges were gleaming in the sunlight
Red squads in time
You’d think it was a national day
Such a great day

On the mainland there is talk
As the crowds fill the streets
Where they they stand and they meet
All through the night
To discuss just what it is
That we call a right

One time
There were 15,000 odd
Coming out from under the cloak
Of Mount Victoria’s evergreen slopes
We noticed the lights were bright
And the songs, they weren’t well received
We noticed the tone of voice
And the lines as they were drawn


from Here by the Fire, released February 10, 2011
Andy Laking: guitar and vocals
Sean Regan: fiddle and mandolin
Riki Gooch: drums



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