SPINNING JENNY

by Kalahari Surfers

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recorded at Milestone Studios , Cape Town, South Africa
milestones.co.za

painting by RubySwinney
drums Washington Spears
the rest by the Kalahari Surfers Rock Art Ensemble

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released May 1, 2015

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Kalahari Surfers South Africa

Warrick Sony is a South African composer, producer, musician and sound designer.
He is the founder and sole permanent member of the Kalahari Surfers. They made politically radical satirical music in 1980s South Africa.

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Track Name: Spinning Jenny
SPINNING JENNY - w.sony

the loneliness of Nietzsche
forgetfulness of good
a misbelief of painters
a silence in the wood
a seance of writers
a flickering screen
the power loom broken
in eighteen thirteen

spinning jenny
a parliament of owls
surrounds the burning frame
spinning jenny
a union is her dream
smash the damn machine
spinning jenny
a murder of crows
surround the stocking frames
spinning jenny

smash the new machines

Quaker girl shaking
at Burton’s Mill
Luddites are swinging
from Gallows Hill
He met her in the moors
they shared a common cause
she lost him in the Napoleonic Wars

spinning jenny
a murder of crows
surround the stocking frames
spinning jenny
smash the new machines
Track Name: The Second Plane
flying low over the Statue of Liberty
a moment of weakness
a moment of clarity
we are approaching terminal velocity
the children are here with me
already missing you
millions will see us on the second plane
I love you baby
I love you in the morning light
we're coming up closer
we're coming up to the southern side
the second plane
Track Name: Amplexus
Amplexus -w.sony
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come with me to the river bed
we’ll sleep amongst the weeds
lovers in the sediment
dive down deep
you can teach me about Marx
the struggle of the dogfish against
militant mud-sharks

Amplexus - you’re nervous
Ambidextrous - I'm leftist
Anarchist -

hold your breath for me
strawberry poison dart
frog spawn is the best for
poison used in arrow heads
by tribes in the west
hiding in the biomass
the tetrapod has grown
an extra pair of fins to hold
his mobile telephone
Track Name: Sleeping Ariadne
Sleeping in the Vatican -w.sony
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She woke up in a labyrinth
to the smell of wax and wood
spellbound by a Minotaur
she never understood
that the brains of a beast
and the blood of a lamb
is only 10 percent man

Sleeping in the Vatican
Ariadne

mistress of the labyrinth
she’s frozen on the stairs
between sleep and wakening
for over a thousand years
spellbound by a metaphor
Cleopatra' tears
near the gallery of masks
the three graces
immune to all the prayers

Sleeping in the Vatican
Ariadne
Sleeping on the Vatican floor