GREG MOODIE

GREG MOODIE

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Biography

It was said that Greg came from the wrong side of the tracks, but the town was so poor they couldn't afford tracks. He had to be content with coming from the wrong side of the mud.

It’s hard to imagine now what the early 1950’s scene would have been like without this semi-mythical, inspirational, figment of his own fevered imagination. Part jazzer, part hobo, Moodie never knew which part was expected of him and he often disappointed his fans by turning up at their doors asking to read their meters.

With his backing band, The Tall Boys, Moodie would always remain an outsider. He shunned the spotlight and insisted he could only be heard via a string with a can at the end of it. But this was no barrier for his admirers who flocked to their cans, often just to hear his incoherent ramblings about the work of the mole people.

In his final years he became convinced that he was a sous-chef and it was this confusion that ultimately led to his undoing. His final recordings sound remarkably like dessert recipes. He died in 1954 from a combination of pills, alcohol and chronic irritation with the world.

Lyrics

HEARTFUL OF REASON

Written By: GREG MOODIE

Verse 1

Long after midnight
You come to me crying so soft
Your head in your hands
You can’t see the sense and
You say that you don’t understand
But I think that you’ll find
There’s a heartful of reason
That’s made up your mind.

Verse 2

Look at yourself now
You want to be free but you can’t
Let yourself go
You don’t want to hurt me
But I won’t make it hard for you no
Cause my love don’t bind
And there’s a heartful of reason
That’s made up your mind.

Middle

Just think of a place and then babe you could be there
Cause everything moves on the street
Trying so hard to explain what you’re feeling
When you’ve got the world at your feet.

Verse 3

Babe you’re free
Free from whatever you think
Is holding you here
No need to wait now
Scared that you hurt but it’s clear
That it’s cruel to be kind
And there’s a heartful of reason
That’s made up your mind.

ROUND THE BOARD AGAIN

Written By: GREG MOODIE

Verse 1

Did I hear you rightly?
You don’t know what to do
Our love has been one long vacation
Now you’re crawling to the station

Verse 2

You look so clean bewildered
Can you blame me for my trust?
All I asked was your affection
What you gave was sweet perfection

Chorus

Baby let’s go
Round the board again
Baby let’s go
Round the board again
One step more and we’re on the floor again

Verse 3

She said ‘Babe I love you
But parties can’t go on.
Cause I can’t live on effervescence
What I need is love’s true essence.’

Verse 4

So I said ‘If you say so,
I could try to help you out.
I won’t speak to you with deference
I’ll just listen with indifference.’

Middle

We could set some cool conditions
To take away this repetition
Instead of dancing on the ceiling
We could bait each other’s feelings

Verse 5

She said ‘I’m so happy
You can see my point of view
Cause while we live like true-love fiction
We miss that stimulating friction.’

Discography

ROUND THE BOARD AGAIN (1951)
HEARTFUL OF REASON (1952)
BAKED APPLE DUMPLING WITH PINEAPPLE SURPRISE (1954)

Set List

ROUND THE BOARD AGAIN
TEENAGE WEREWOLF
HEARTFUL OF REASON
I'LL BE JUST WHAT YOU WANT ME TO BE
IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY
THE KING OF COOL