Eric Bogle   •   Endangered Species

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  • Endangered Species
    • 2000 - Greentrax CDTRAX 196 CD (UK)
  • Tracklist
    1. Our National Pride
    2. The Sign
    3. Just Here For The Money
    4. Jingle Jangle
    5. No Gods At All
    6. Robin's Rant (Ian Blake) & Tom O'Neill's Tantrum (David O'Neill)
    7. The Road To El Dorado
    8. You've Got Nothing I Need
    9. Journeys
    10. Turning Circles
    11. Beam Me Up Scotty
    12. Endangered Species
    13. The Waltzing Matilda Waltz
    14. Jimmy Dancer
    15. River Of Time

  • Musicians
    • Eric Bogle: Guitar, Lead
    • David O'Neill: Vocal Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Fiddle, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Backing Vocals
    • Ian Blake: Clarinet, Sax, tin Whistle, Recorders, Concertina, Hammer Dulcimer, Cittern, Border Pipes, Hot Fountain Pen, Harp Irimba, Electric Base, Keyboards
    • Scott Dodd: Double Bass
    • Gillian Pratten: Cello
    • Jonathan Jones: Percussion
    • Fred Plicher & Karen Strahan: Backing Vocals
  • Credits
    • Produced and recorded by Ian Blake at Blue Bear Studios, Canberra
    • Mastered by Kimmo Vennonen, KV Productions, Canberra
    • Cover design and artwork by Intervision Design
    • All Songs written by Eric Bogle, unless otherwise noted.

Song Notes

Our National Pride — I wrote this song as a tribute to the five members of Geelong West Brigade of the Victorian CFA who died in a bushfire in South-East Victoria in December 1998. Most Australians would know the names of our champion Olympic athletes. Few, if any would remember the names of those five brave men who died in that fire. For the record, they were: Matthew Armstrong, Stuart Davidson, Christopher Evans, Jason Thomas and Garry Vredeveldt. If we have to create heroes, then let us at least create worthy ones.

The Sign — A true story. I saw the sign on a wall in Christchurch N.Z. a couple of years ago. Someone keeping the flame alive.

Just Here For The Money — A tragic tale of envy, failure and faded rhinestones.

Jingle Jangle — A couple of years ago in my local paper, I read the obituary of an Adelaide woman whose life had been full of charitable good works, and who had contributed much to her country and her community. The obituary noted that she had never married, but when she was younger she had been engaged to a captain in the Anzac corps who had been killed in action in France in 1917. My imagination took over and this song is the result.

No Gods At All — … or the certainties of youth versus the cynicism of middle-age. Make up your own minds.

Robin's Rant & Tom O'Neill's Tantrum — Ian and Dave showing off with tunes they wrote for their respective sons.

The Road To El Dorado — El Dorado does not exist. I tried to go there anyway.

You've Got Nothing I Need — Written during the last federal election campaign. Did all the politicians from all the different political parties sound exactly bloody alike, or was it just me?

Journeys — I've walked down the path on this particular journey a few times now, but no more …

Turning Circles — A flight of fancy.

Beam Me Up Scotty — A flight of fantasy.

Endangered Species — I've written to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) asking that middle-aged persons be put on the endangered species list. So far I've received no reply.

The Waltzing Matilda Waltz — Australia is not the country it used to be. I'm not the man I used to be. Today is not the same as yesterday and tomorrow will be different again. Is this song saying anything new?

Jimmy Dancer — Australian colloquial rhyming slang for cancer, of course. This is about my own demons, but Jimmy has a host at his command, and maybe you'll recognise a demon or two of your own.

River Of Time — A wee bit of light-hearted fluff to help you get over the preceding song. There's a nice jolly jaunty fade …