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This song was originally performed by the Melbourne band, Treehouse.


Amy's OK
© Matt Radford

Amy's very bored
She's skint, and feeling so bad
Because she's unemployed
She wants to play bass in a real speed-metal band

Amy's got a new haircut
Didn't make her feel a whole lot better
When her boyfriend tried to break up
He couldn't say it to her face, so he put it in a letter
(Spoken: These days, that would be a text message)

Amy spends her day
Walking 'round St Kilda
Where she always says gudday
To all the people that she meets, that's why they think she's so peculiar

Yeah, yeah, but she's so strong
When she gets her head together
But it hurts to see the sadness in her eyes
She's so strong, but she changes like the weather
And it's hard to find the confidence inside

Amy needs her friends
So she meets them at the Espy
In the small café at ten
Amy reads their future in their peppermint tea

Amy tells her friends
About her major new disaster
Well, the guy's run off again
And her friends agree with her when she says all men are bastards
(Spoken: Aw, not all men...come on...take it easy...
Yeah, you guys just get back in your box!)


Amy wants to change
So she writes five affirmations
And she chants them every day
But her attempts at meditation always end up in frustration

Amy's sick of tears
And she's tired of all the fighting
Well, she wants to cut her fears
And she hates playing the game, but it makes it more exciting



from Gourd in the Act, released January 10, 2020
Written by Matt Radford
On this recording, sung by Penelope Swales


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Totally Gourdgeous Melbourne, Australia

Four outrageously diverse singer-songwriter-musicians united under Gourd. Indeed, playing instruments made from those woody cucurbits brings their music together to make folk funk philosophy to feed your wildest pumpkin longings. Penelope Swales (guitar), Carl Pannuzzo (drums), Mal Webb (bass, mbira and bugle) and Andrew Clermont (violin, mandolin and guitar). Instigated in 1998. ... more

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