Last House at Summerlands

from Field Recordings LP by Blackbirds FC

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Last House at Summerlands
This song remembers the Summerlands Housing Estate overlooking the famous penguin parade at Phillip Island that was demolished in the 1990s to become a nature reserve to protect the fairy penguins. I was lucky enough to stay in one of the last houses with the penguins living under the floor and all around the garden. They’re an amazing animal; so small and charming and yet so tough. Seeing them climb cliffs in the dark with their tiny legs and a belly full of fish after a long day at sea is inspirational. Still it was sad when the houses went – all those memories locked up in them. It’s great that nature was restored but something else got lost in the process.

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The Last House at Summerlands J.Gronow

Verse 1
I have spent the day, on an orange bed with you, and its OK
The blinds are open for the view, and we’re flashing all the tourists as they pass, through
We don’t need anyone We make our own fun
We are wasting time, in this, sun - shine

Verse 2
Here we are again, at the last house at Summerlands Parade
This place, is the last survivor, a shrine to 1985 and bad, taste
They’re going to pull it down It’s for the penguins now
All the time’s run out For this, tiny house

Middle 8:
Asbestos lines the walls and floors
Cheap veneer on sliding doors
The curtains are a lurid yellow
The shelves are full of strange mementos
This place is the last connection
To how we lost a thousand weekends (good bye, good bye)

Verse 3
When night falls, we light the fire and huddle close together in the cold
As the house begs mercy from the wind, you tell me all the mysteries you know
And in the morning sun When the wreckers come
We’ll make a desperate stand Last night at Summerlands

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from Field Recordings LP, released September 1, 2019

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Blackbirds FC Melbourne, Australia

BLACKBIRDS FC

Featuring members of The Hollowmen, Helvelln, the Vanda’s and Flicker, Blackbirds FC play their own brand of alternative country rock inspired by the Go-Betweens, The Church and Wilco. 

Formed in 2017, the band released the EP Life Sciences in 2018 and their debut album Field Recordings in 2019.

After a quiet 2020, the band are working on their second album.
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