Aloha Ha

by Free & Frank

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released December 11, 2013

Strummin’ & singin’ by Free & Frank (Brendan Quinlivan, Ewan Lincoln, Fiona Gregson, Helen McCracken, Jeremy Winter, Karen Ross, Kosal Kong, Mark Field-Dodgson, Mary Donn, Matewai Tukapua, Monica Hamlyn-Crawshaw, Murray Costello and Tim Thorpe)

Tin whistle – Tim Thorpe
Bass – Murray Costello
Drums & percussion – Martin Durrant

Recorded at Marmalade Studios and Home Run, Wellington October/November 2013

Recorded and mixed by Andrew Downes
Mastered by Mike Gibson at Munki

Produced by Murray Costello for B2B Songs and Voxpop Music
VOX 002

Free & Frank would like to thank Ewan for getting the whole thing going, all the other strummers and singers who have joined in from time to time (you know who you are), Wildspace for letting us use Tootin’ In The Tunnel, and Steve Hinderwell for letting us change the words of the verses in Nudist On The Beach Of Love.

Cover image from blog.ft.com – ukulele added by Janine Boon

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Track Name: Uke'n Rock'n Roll
I woke up this morning and I sure did want to sing
I woke up this morning and I sure did want to sing
The only trouble is that I just can’t play a thing
(it made you blue – tell us what did you do?)

I got a ukulele and I learned how to play this song
I got a ukulele and I learned how to play this song
It’s only got 3 chords, you can learn it too and play along

Uke’n rock’n roll with a ukulele in your hand (with a ukulele in your hand)
Uke’n rock’n roll with a ukulele in your hand (with a ukulele in your hand)
You don’t need a band when you've got a ukulele in your hand
(get a ukulele in your hand)
Track Name: Tootin' In The Tunnel
Tootin’ in the tunnel, what a lot of fun’ll be had in the tunnel
If anybody, Mum’ll be tootin’ in the tunnel
What a lot of fun’ll be had

Have you ever noticed when you’re in the car
And you’re in a tunnel, driving very far
Radio won’t work so Mum says “Here’s a hoot
When you've got no music you can always toot, toot, toot”

Sometimes in the tunnel, here’s a tricky trick
Can you hold your breath the whole way through Mt Vic?
Either hold your breath or maybe close your eyes?
If you’re not the driver, give it a try!

Who’s been on a train? It goes clickety clack
Trains go in a tunnel and all you see is black
Hangin’ on the whistle, what really good fun this’ll be
As good as when you’re racin’ through Mt Vic and round the Basin
And tootin’ in the tunnel!
Track Name: Hutt Valley Girl
He wore studded belts with motorbike buckles
He grew his hair long and tattooed his knuckles
I’d do anything in the whole wide world for my Hutt Valley Girl

He’d pick me up and we’d stay out ‘til late
Cruising the Mall in his brother’s V8
I’d do anything in the whole wide world for my Hutt Valley Girl

Marry in haste, repent at leisure
He’s doing time at Her Majesty’s pleasure
We’re still in love but there’s no time to play
At Rimutaka on Visiting Day

He looked in my eyes and fell for my premise
I talked him into robbing the chemist
I’d do anything in the whole wide world for my Hutt Valley Girl
Track Name: Lambton Quay Blues
I’m working for a department, improving the status quo
We've got evidence-based advice but nobody wants to know

We've got the Lambton Quay Blues
We've got the Lambton Quay Blues
Everybody’s wearing black from their head to their shoes
We've got the Lambton Quay Blues

I came along The Terrace but everyone was gone
And then I saw the sign – it said Kirkcaldie’s sale is on!

We've got the Lambton Quay Blues
We've got the Lambton Quay Blues
When a word like “analytics” is being overused
You get the Lambton Quay Blues

Don’t want to hear about Courtenay Place
Don’t you mention Cuba Street
It’s hard to find a parking space
But Astoria is the place where we've got to meet

I bought a book from Parsons (they always have something weird) While I was out of office my job had disappeared

It gave me the Lambton Quay Blues
He's got the Lambton Quay Blues
When you’re working for the government and it drives you to booze
You've got the Lambton Quay Blues

And everybody’s wearing black from their head to their shoes
That’s called the Lambton Quay Blues
Track Name: Nudist On The Beach Of Love
When I joined the Public Service I can tell you I was nervous Bureaucracy just doesn't sound like fun
And I found out and there’s no doubt, what it seems to be about
Is ways to stop you getting good things done
You get a plan approved then priorities are moved
Half the time you never find out why
One thing you can count on – when things go wrong it won’t take long
The Minister will hang you out to dry

Like a nudist on the beach of love
A nudist on the beach of love
The sun is going to roast the parts you value most
Like a nudist on the beach of love

We've got reports that no-one needs, reports that no-one reads
We’re drowning in paper in this town
Try to write a briefing and you’re bound to end up weeping
The consultation process grinds you down
There’s a bureaucrats’ religion - The Church of Risk Aversion
We worship at its altar every day
Suggest things should change and everybody thinks you’re strange
You might as well be asking for more pay