Eric Bogle   •   Now I'm Easy (1980 (UK)

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  • Now I'm Easy
    • 1980 - Celtic Music CM 004 LP (UK)
  • Side One
    1. Now I'm Easy
    2. Leaving Nancy
    3. I Hate Wogs
    4. No Man's Land
    5. Leaving in the Morning
  • Side Two
    1. Since Nancy Died
    2. The War Correspondent
    3. Song of the Whale
    4. Front Row Cowboy
    5. The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

  • Musicians
    • Eric Bogle: Vocals
    • Graham Lee: Guitars, Harmony
    • Chris Nicholson: Guitars
    • Doug Balmanno: Bass
    • Lorraine Cook: Cello
    • George Walpole: Flute, Recorder
    • Don Lebler: Percussion
    • Peter Wragg: Keyboards
  • Credits
    • Recorded & Mixed at Southwind Studio, Indooroopilly
    • Peter Wragg: Sound Engineer
    • Produced By: Chris Nicholson
    • Cover Design: Dave Anderson & Dave Bulmer
    • Photography: James Bain Photo-Graphics
    • All songs written by Eric Bogle

Sleeve Notes

I met an old "Cocky" in a pub in Australia once and this his life story as told to me. The songwriter's ultimate arrogance I suppose, a man's life in six verses, but I think that I picked out the important bits. A "Cocky" by the way is a farmer, and "an old black Gin" means an aborigional woman. The song title is denied from a phrase which the Cocky kept using while spinning his yams to me.

Everybody knows the pain of leaving loved ones. This was a song I wrote for my mother when I emigrated from Scotland to Australia in 1969. It was a difficult parting, as we tried desperately and unsuccessfully to ignore the fact that I was going to the other side of the world, and submerged our true feelings by talking trivia. This song perhaps redresses the balance.

A satire (I hope) about some Australian attitudes to Migrants. It's got me into a lot of trouble one way and another, with verbal and physical abuse and a couple of death threats along the way as well.

A song about the waste and futility of war. Pure and simple.

Every songwriter worth his salt tries one of these, "I'm leaving you babe" type songs. Here is my contribution, drawn from imagination only, not real life.

I wrote this song to try and explain the feelings I had when my parents died. What were these feelings? Guilt mainly, and also an awareness of my own mortality. This song is about that new awareness of mortality.

About war correspondents in Vietnam. Brave, or greedy, or thrill-seekers? I don t know. I wrote this for a documentary film (it wasn't used!).

All the whaling songs I've ever heard have been from the wrong end of the harpoon. This a song about what it's like on the sharp end, i.e. the end that usually kills.

Written for ROY ROGERS, bless his white Stetson.

An attempt to try and express on one hand, my revulsion of war, and on the other, my genuine admiration for the brave men who fought at GALLIPOLLI, volunteers to a man!

I was born in Peebles, Scotland, in 1944 and had the usual early musical influences of Lonnie Donegan and Elvis Presley, and ended up singing in a rock group for three years in the early sixties. In 1969 I emigrated to Australia, the only sensible thing I've ever done in my life. I started writing songs in Australia having only written poetry previously. In 1972, I wrote "Matilda" after watching an ANZAC march in Canberra, and that was the start of a road I've often since wondered whether I should ever have taken! "MATILDA" was followed by "NO MAN'S LAND" another World War I song, which I wrote after a short sobering visit to one of the multitude of military cemeteries in northern France. I attempted to convey in the song the sad, angry, futile atmosphere of that graveyard. Those two songs have been the most commercially successful I've ever written, but of course I've written many others, about subjects ranging from bar-b-q's to humped back whales, I love them all equally because they are mine, and like a father with his kids, I'm proud of them all and don't like to play favourites.

My sincere thanks to all those who have been involved in the making of this record. My special thanks to Chris Nicholson my producer, who orchestrated the whole project from the start. Finally, this record was made for, and is dedicated to all those people who over the last ten years or so have given me love, advice, encouragement, friendship, and a kick in the bum when I needed it!

But it's mainly for Nancy

Eric Bogle