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This album is dedicated to kids of ALL ages (including big ones like me!) who want to be able to look after themselves, the place where they live and the people they live with by growing and eating healthy food with care, growing a healthy mind & body and feeling inspired to do amazing things that can change the world!

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released September 2, 2016

Charlie Mgee: ukulele, vocals & kimchi farts
Mal Webb: trombone, slide trumpet & gourd bass
Kylie Morrigan: violin
Michael Barker: drums
Spoonbill (Jim Moynihan): wonky beets & squishy phun
Alex Burkoy: electric guitar & bass (track 3)
Mayuka Juber: clarinet & baritone sax
Harry Jakamarra: banjo (track 6)
Dave Elliston: synth (track 8)
Lee Hardisty: tenor sax (track 11)

All songs written by Charlie Mgee & Formidable Vegetable Sound System.

Recorded at: Twisty Pole Studios - Rotorua, NZ, Magenta’s Tiny House - Christchurch, NZ, The JB Compound - Fremantle, WA, Casa-del-Mal - St Kilda, VIC, Groovy Grove - Koah & Maleny, QLD, Hobart, TAS, Bandung, Indonesia and a few other places...

Produced by Spoonbill & Charlie Mgee.
Mixed & mastered by Spoonbill in King Lake, VIC.
Artwork by Oz Thomas - ozjthomas.com

Music copyright © 2016 ORiGiN Music Publishing.
For use, please contact Philip Mortlock: mortlock@originmusic.com.au

Funded by Western Australia’s Department of Culture & the Arts
and everyone who crowdfunded us through Pozible!

Many thanks to: Michael & Cathy Barker, Costa Georgiadis, Vandana Shiva, Gail Jones, David Holmgren & Su Dennett, Jim, Ani, Jango & Tanja Moynihan, John Butler & Danielle Caruana, Philip Mortlock, Paul Stamets, Paul Henneberry, Kate & Josie Fraser, Dave Mann & Bec Schofield, Jaide & Daniel Stronggrove, Tasara Dewhurst, Magenta Kakariki, Olly Watkins, Sarah Curro, Angela Sutherland, Stew Bags, Dylan & Katy, Jen Campbell, Emma Leaf-Grimshaw, Diana Condylas, Emma-Kate Rose, Murray Campbell, Mark Brown, Jen Mendez, Emily Barrow, Stacey Turner, Suzie Cahn, Karina Castan, Bex Horsfall, Craig Phillipson, Charly Brown, Tom & Aurian Clarkson, Danger Deadnettlez, Paul Bishop, Skye Avogniko, Claire Griffin, Rich Anderson, Lucy Cahill, Simba Bushman, Damaris Reinke, Leon Parkhill, Fraser Thomas Ashford, Aaron Mitchell, Eli Beke, Michele Kwok, Peter Austin, Evie Buckland, Lucinda Young, Rick Tanaka, Adam Breasley, Austep Music & Green Music Australia.

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Experimental ‘ecological edutainment’ based around the principles of permaculture (a neat way to fix the world) mashing together ukulele with some electro-funk-swing, climate-change reggae, post-apocalypso and a decent serving of 'Radish Beets'.

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Track Name: Grow Do It
It's a beautiful day out in the yard and
we’re gonna get out and play in the garden
There’s plenty to do but we’re not gonna work too hard and
We’re gonna have some fun with all our friends!


C’mon lets Grow… Grow Do It
Everybody get up, get going, get outside and get into it
Yeah, we’re gonna work it out as we go
cos we've got so much food to grow
so we can share it round with all our
share it round with all our
share it round with all our friends.
Track Name: Anything You Want
You can do anything you want
when it’s good for you
and good for everyone
There’s no need to wait just activate
Do what you can with what you’ve got

You can be anything you want
When you is who you is
playing your own part
It’s alright to listen to suggestions
But just be who you are.

Cos it’s gonna be right
It’s gonna be right
Put your mind to what you want
Write it down every night
Cos it’s gonna be right
When the time is ripe
well, you can’t go wrong when it’s right

You can have
anything you want
when you realise
the best things aren’t things at all
and what you have
improves with gratitude
So just love what you’ve got

You can grow anything you want
if it feeds your soul,
and anything beyond
You’ll have way more
if you share it ‘round
So give it everything you’ve got!

Cos it’s gonna be right
It’s gonna be right
Put your mind to what you want
Write it down every night
Cos it’s gonna be right
When the time is ripe
Well, you can’t go wrong when it’s right
Track Name: Sweet P'tata
You’re my sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata
I’m gonna eat ya later, eat ya later, eat ya later
You’re no dud spud under mud, you’re unrelated
cos you’re my sweet p’tata

Well, I see you being all shrivelled in my cupboard
Let me put you in the garden bed I think you’ll love it
Gonna leave ya underground until you make another
Little sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata

You’re a ground cover, ground cover, ground cover
Mound lover, drought tougher, you’re my sound brother
Gonna dig ya, wash ya, cook ya, eat ya for my supper
My little sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata

Yeah, you sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata
I’m gonna eat ya later, eat ya later, eat ya later
You’re my kind of dynamic accumulator
My little sweeeeeeee….

I’m gonna pluck your leafy tips
I’m gonna cut you into chips,
Maybe whip me up some dip
My little sweet p’tata

You’re my sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata
I’m gonna eat ya later, eat ya later, eat ya later
You're my saviour with the flavour that I wanna savour.
My lil sweet, sweet, sweert

You’re my sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata, sweet p’tata
I’m gonna eat ya later, eat ya later, eat ya later
Than a regular potato, you are so much greater.
My little sweet, my sweet, my sweet ptata.

Chords: Gm, Eb7, D7, Cm
Track Name: Kimchi
Kimchi! It’s good for me!
It’s the best stuff that I eat, I guarantee
Kimchi! So good for me
I wanna make it for my friends and my family

All I do is I get my daikon radish with a cabbage finely diced
then I chop a bit of chilli with the garlic and the ginger to crank it up with spice
Add saltiness, sweetly caress it to give it a good massage
then when I see that water rise I stuff it inside a jar

Kimchi! It’s good for me!
Fermenty probiotic flavour jamboree
Kimchi! What does it mean?
Something like salty pickled veggies in Korean

Kimchi! It’s good for me!
It’s the best stuff that I eat, I guarantee
Kimchi! So good for me!
I wanna make it for my friends and my family
Now let’s stuff it, stuff it, stuff it inside a jar!

Kimchi! Take it from me, you wanna leave it out on the bench for about a week,
Kimchi, when it’s ready well, y’know your whole kitchen’s really gonna reek
Be careful when you try and take a peek
Yeah, but kimchi is the flavour that I seek!
Track Name: You Are What You Eat
You are
what you eat
And you are
what what you eat eats
And you’re even what what what you eat eats eats
Here’s a clue, why don’t you
Take a peek beneath your feet.

If you want to know what you're made from
Look at what what you're made from's made from
‘Cause the stuff that we're all made from is the same.

Yeah you go from dust to dust
So you've gotta just trust that upper crust
and maintain that good terrain from whence you came.

We’ve been looking up
We’ve been messing ‘round
We’ve been freakin' out
But it’s time to get
Down, down, down

Cos we’re made up
of common ground
Can’t live without it
And it's time to get
Down, down, down, down, down

When you flirt with the dirt
You’ll observe it's certainly not inert
From a worm to a chicken
“Bok Begerk!”
You’re never alone on the loam
and it’s time to get to work!

We’ve been looking up
We’ve been messing ‘round
We’ve been freakin' out
But it’s time to get
Down, down, down

Cos we’re made up
of common ground
Can’t live without it
And it's time to get
Down, down, down, down, down

You are what you eat
And you are what what you eat eats
And you’re even what what what you eat eats eats
And it repeats, it repeats, it repeats.
Down, down, down.
Track Name: Egg & Cheese Muffin!?
INGREDIENTS:

Muffin: Enriched bleached flour (Wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid) Water, yeast, contains two percent or less: Wheat gluten, salt, dough conditioners (Azodicarbonibide, Datem, Ascorbic Acid) High fructose corn syrup, sugar, soybean and/or cottonseed oil, calcium propionate and potassium sorbate added to prevent spoilage, distilled vinegar, yellow corn meal, natural and artificial flavours, cirtric acid, fumaric acid, soy flour.

Cooked Egg Patty: Whole eggs, water, egg yolk, soybean oil, nonfat
dry milk, modified corn starch, potassium sorbate (preservative), monosodium phosphate, salt, xanthum gum, natural and artificial
butter flavor [butter (cream, milk), partially hydrogenated soybean
and cottonseed oil, soybean oil, lipolised butter oil and natural
and articifial flavours], sodium acid pyrophosphate, nisin preparation (preservative), citric acid, soy lecithin.

Pasteurised Process Cheddar Cheese:
Cultured milk, water, cream, sodium phosphate, salt,
sorbic acid (preservative), vegetable colour
(annatto, paprika extract), enzymes.


Contains wheat, eggs, milk and soy.
Track Name: Eatin' Weeds
Did you ever think a weed
could be something you can eat?
Let me tell you bout some eatin’ weeds I know
You can munch them all day long
While you’re singing this weed song
Cos they’re growing almost everywhere you go

I’ve been known to succumb to Nasturtium
Root of dandelion drying for my tea
I’m gonna pluck myself some chickweed
And sprinkle it with flickweed
I’ll even add some seaweed
if I’m living by the sea

CHORUS

Well nothing makes me whistle
like a salad with Milk Thistle
Rockin’ rolla Gotu Kola in the lawn
Yeah I ramble in the brambles,
leaning over for the Clover
If I lived with you your weeds would be all gone.

Where it’s wetter you can bet I’ll
Cook me up some stinging nettle
It tastes better with some feta in a pie
Or else I may just settle
for some sorrel or some fennel
C’mon why don’t you just give them all try?

CHORUS

Just because it’s called a weed
doesn’t mean that it is bad
Find out if it can feed you
or do something that is rad

Because a weed is any plant
that grows really really well
So well it make some people rant
‘n rave ’n swear ‘n curse ’n yell

But did you ever… CHORUS
Track Name: Plastic!
There’s this stuff that’s everywhere
I can see it right here and over there
It comes from deep below the ground
And we spend a lot of time just spreading it round

I’m talkin’ bout plastic
It’s not fantastic
Cos it never ever goes away
Don’t wanna use it
We’ve got to lose it
Because otherwise it’ll be here to stay

I had this friend who got a snack
That came all wrapped up in a plastic sack
I said ‘Dude! Just nude your food!’
If it comes in plastic, take it back

Because plastic
It’s not fantastic
And it’s always gonna cost more cash
Don’t wanna use it
We’ve got to lose it
Cos it always ends up in the trash

What can you do instead of wrapping up your food in plastic?
You can refuse and say “Pretty pretty please don’t bag it”
Get a water bottle made of metal take it, make it a habit
Cos we don’t wanna end up on a desert planet swimming in plastic

Because plastic
It ain’t fantastic
And we’ve got a load of better ways
Don’t wanna use it,
We’ve got to lose it
C’mon, make today a no plastic day!
Track Name: Arabella
They call me Arabella Isa Brown,
I’m a chicken from the baddest part of town
They locked me up with seven million
hens like me - in a big smelly egg laying factory

But one day along came someone like you
and let me tell you just what they did do
Got me out and took me away - it was the first time
I’d seen the light of day - I was a free chicken
A free range chicken!

They took me home and gave me my own patch
I had to learn just how to peck and scratch
I was so happy, I just had to express - I could finally
provide a bit of chicken-ness! I was a free chicken
A free range chicken!

When I say ‘Bok’, you say ‘Begerk!’
When I say ‘scratchin’ you say ‘dirt!’
Now let me see you scratch, c‘mon get to work!

So ever since the day I came on the scene,
I’m way more than just an egg-laying machine
fluff the ground, eat the bugs, scratching the weeds,
Do my bit of do to give the soil a feed

Cos I’m a free chicken. A free range chicken!

Now I’m a very happy hen indeed
got food ‘n room to move ‘n everything I need
So come on now, be a chicken too,
so you can see that you’re like me and I’m like you.

Be a free chicken. A free range chicken!

Express your chickenness!
Track Name: Mycelium Around Ya
People say I’m a fun guy
but that’s more than what I am
you can call me Fun Gus
come underground to my pad to jam
There’s not mushroom down there,
But we’ve got mycelium
I wanna wrap mycelium around ya
Til super-kingdom come

I wanna wrap mycelium around ya
wrap mycelium around ya
wrap mycelium around ya

Well you know funghi like me
need a bit of fun gal company
I’m gonna decompose you a love song
‘Symbiosis’ in the key of G

And when I party,
you know I love to break it down
Eatin dead wood tastes so good.
And you know I’m gonna share it round

I wanna wrap mycelium around ya
wrap mycelium around ya
wrap mycelium around ya
Track Name: Break It Down
Break it down
Get it back in the ground
Cycle it round
that green and brown

Break it down
If it was once alive
Make your garden thrive
High five!

Down it breaks
In a scrap layer-cake
Pile it up high
Then let it bake

Give it some air
but don’t let it dry out
Every now and then
fluff it about

Everything is always
falling apart
There’s no need
to let it break your heart
Just break it down

Breaking down
Microbes goin to town
Getting their fix
til it’s all devoured

Broken down,
Time to feed your plants
Spread it right out
and do a little dance

Everything is always
falling apart
Might as well
just give it all
a brand new start
and break it down

When the time is up
just break it down!