Kiwi Music Day 7 – The Mutton Birds – Ngaire (1993)

‘Bittersweet’ is such an over-used term, but here it fits. A lovely song about disappointment and heartbreak. I love the little bits of detail like ‘you knew I had to come here/you knew there was no work at home’ and the poetic bit at the end of the last verse:

‘Is that the sun that’s rising on you now? And did it shine the day you changed your mind?’

Remember seeing them live in Wellington in around 1995….a bunch of people in front of us said, more or less together as the band came on and plugged in ‘Hope they play “Ngaire” – and then the band opened with it. It set off a magic night.

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