Tuesday, March 29, 2016

National Folk Festival - the Infinite Song Contest

Nicole was a finalist in the Infinite Song Contest with a bit of an all-star scratch band!

The Infinite's theme this year was Top 100 songs of 1967, the year the National Folk Festival started, and I wrote a parody of Penny Lane, called Budawang.

Keith Donnelly enthusiastically agreed to back me on guitar and we spent a bit of time finding out how clever the Beatles were by looking up the chords on my phone. When we got to the Marquee for the heat, by happy accident Peter Grayling and George Butrumlis were backstage and also keen to make mischief, so a rather good instant band got through to the final, and actually got to sing the song, which is a bit of a love song to the festival's main venue, in the Budawang!

A few people have asked for the words, so here they are, to the tune of Penny Lane. A one two three..

Budawang (Infinite Song Contest 2016 finalist)
Nicole Murray

Penny Lane was once a bar down by the Budawang,
Where we would head to drink our pleasure, you know
And all the people that come and go, stop and say hello

On the corner is a busker with accordion
The Morris dancers laugh at him behind his back
And the busker doesn't make a zac, in the pouring rain
Very strange

Budawang is in my ears and in my eyes,
There beneath the blue Canberran skies
I sit and lean right back.

In the Container is the Pride Choir for an hour or so
And their supporters are all dancing with the queens
With cups of coffee from the espresso team
With their clean machine

Budawang is in my ears and in my eyes
Coorong, Marquee, Carnival, Piazza
Meanwhile back

Behind a table in the middle of the session bar
The volunteers are selling Guinness from a tray
Surrounded by the violins that play
Through the night and day.

In Budawang we'd rather have another Fagans song
We see the audience all waiting for a sing
And then the Fiddle Rally rushes in, from the pouring rain
Very strange

Budawang is in my ears and in my eyes
With four-part harmony it flies, in autumn
Meanwhile back in

Budawang is in my heart and in my mind
There beneath the flags and sunny skies

(performed by Nicole Murray, Keith Donnelly, Peter Grayling and George Butrumlis)

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