Eric Bogle   •   Mirrors

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  • Mirrors
    • 1993 - Larrikin LRF 041 CD (AUS)
  • Tracklist
    1. Refugee
    2. One Small Life
    3. Plastic Paddy
    4. Welcome Home
    5. Flat Stony Broke Waltz
    6. Vanya
    7. Don't You Worry About That
    8. Mirrors
    9. The Song
    10. Short White Blues
    11. At Risk
    12. Never Again — Remember
    13. Somewhere In America
    14. Wouldn't Be Dead For Quids
    15. Wishing Is Free

  • Musicians
    • Eric Bogle: Lead Vocals
    • Brent Miller: Acoustic & Electric Bass Guitar, Vocal Harmony
    • Andy McGloin: Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Bongos, Vocal Harmony
    • Ian Blake: Syntnesiser, Melodica, Soprano Sax, Ethel (Mouth Synthesiser)
    • John Munro: Acoustic Guitar
    • TrevWorner: Banjo & Fiddle
    • Warwick Nottage: Fiddle (on 'Plastic Paddy')
    • Tony Elliot: Chorus Boy
  • Credits
    • Produced by Andy McGloin
    • Engineered & Mixed by Tony Elliot at Bartels St Studio, Adelaide S.A.
    • All songs, music, and lyrics by Eric Bogle
    • Published by Larrikin Music 1993
    • Cover Photo: Clive Birch
    • Cover Art: Serious Business
    • Thanks to: Keith & Andy for father & son pose & every one who buys this recording!

Sleeve Notes

Refugee — Written to mark U.N. Refugee Week — happened about 3 years ago. Hands up those who missed it.

One Small Life — What's it all about, Eric? Life, I mean. I dunno, and even after writing this song I'm none the wiser.

Plastic Paddy — The best of Irish music is the best in the world. But the worst, is, well …

Welcome Home — A song for the Vietnam vets.

Flat Stony Broke Waltz — Also known as the bankruptcy quick step. A song for the times we are at present (temporarily, of course) experiencing.

Vanya — About the children of Chernobyl. Ask then, and their parents, if the nuclear threat has subsided.

Don't You Worry About That — The lamented, perhaps soon to be the late lamented Joh Bjelke-Petersen often came out with little gems of homespun philosophy. None gave me greater comfort than this profound little phrase.

Mirrors — 2000 street kids a year, give or take a few hundred, are murdered in the cities of Brazil, mostly by death squads hired by local business interests, and comprising mostly, so we are told, of off-duty policemen and security guards. If children mirror the society they live in, then I don't think I'll bother attending next year's carnival in Rio, where, incidentally, I've set this song.

The Song — Written during the great depression of 92. I've shaken it off now.

Short White Blues — I've always wanted to sing the blues, but was not given the necessary equipment by on indifferent fate. 48 years old and my voice still hasn't broken!

At Risk — A song about the physical and sexual abuse of children. Those of you leafing through the CD rack for a bit of party background music will by now have realised you've got hold of the wrong CD.

Never Again/Remember — I wrote "Never Again" after a trip to a World War II concentration camp called Sachsenbausen, situated just outside Berlin (or East Berlin as it was then). Chilling little place. It seems the political & social obscenity that created Sachsenhausen, and many other death camps, is on the rise again. Could it all happen again ? Of course it could. It already is.

Somewhere In America — A song for my wife, Carmel — Long overdue (the song that is, not Carmel!)

Wouldn't Be Dead For Quids — Written one bright, sparkling, freshly-minted morning. Then I had to go and read the morning paper

Wishing Is Free — And a bloody good job too! No 15% G.S.T. on wishing, (or anything else for that matter. Yippee!)