Tradies Yawning

from by Andrew Browne

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    "Twisted Roots" CD by Andrew Browne
    Comes in gorgeous cover designed by Gudrun Reiss, with booklet: credits, lyrics (so you can sing along.. . ) song notes and photos.
    Catalogue # AWB123 released November 2016

    Includes unlimited streaming of Twisted Roots via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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In the small hours I sometimes can't sleep and I lie half-awake, thinking, dreaming about my work as a carpenter and the day that lies ahead. I'm one of the thousands of blokes waking up at dawn to get into our utes and trucks to queue in traffic on our way to build and fix houses.


Tradies Yawning

a vision dream on waking, golden threads, snaking
over low hills in early morning light
dots moving in a painting, drawn across the landscape
warp and weft, fight or flight

cruising down a freeway, into a drive-way
basking in the sun
gazing in the mirror, at an ever changing picture
perfect but for the person I've become

I'm in line for a promotion, a lifestyle by the ocean
sun and surf, sand and hair
but I'm startled at this early hour
by the slow drip from the shower
the thought that another queue is drawing near

and it only takes a moment
of fleeting terror
to wake me with a vision for the day
today's already dawning
with the sound of tradies yawning
I join a queue, with the sun, to make more hay
I join a queue, with the sun

rooms empty of reason, exhausted soles
falling to the floor
having just climbed into bed
there's only this quiet moment, the breath that's barely in me
the golden vision's fading from my head

tucked into the traffic, like a cigarette in its packet
all praying to the dead and the new-born
love is not self-serving, love is slow to anger
I keep telling myself while I'm leaning on the horn


from Twisted Roots, released November 16, 2016
Tradies Yawning 

Nylon String Guitar - Cam Kinsey
Drums/Vibes -  Jess Ciampa
Double Bass - Brett Hirst
Cello - Anna Martin-Scrase
Backing Vox - Arne Hanna
Vocals - Andrew Browne



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Andrew Browne Redfern, Australia

Andrew is a songwriter and carpenter from Redfern in inner Sydney and Yarramalong, 100 km north. Andrew has worked in many roles including film caterer, serial house-renovater, actor, singer, tradie, jazz tour-manager, AV technician and cook.
Every Sat he plays at LifeBoat Café at Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River. He also plays in bars and cafes in inner Sydney.
Twisted Roots is his 2nd album.
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