Thom Moore
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Folk - Rock | Dublin, South Dublin, Ireland
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Member Since: 2003
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Song Description

Chakiso, in the Ethiopian province of Sidamo, was where the engineers who ran Haile Selassie's gold mines lived with at least one family. The author's childhood in these circumstances is recalled.

Story Behind the Song

Mother -- romantic; father -- heavy equipment operator. Post-war opportunity to live in Africa a la Isak Dinesen or Lawrence Durrell. Viola Anne (Hayes) Moore took her three sons to Ethiopia to join her husband at the gold-mining fields of the south of

Lyrics

Crackbone Tune

When I was a boy, and a bad one, too,
I would listen all night to the hyenas croon.
And the words to that song
went the whole night long?
by the light of the moon
they'd all sing this crack-bone tune. It goes:

Tumble out of bed, tumble out of bed,
we're going to meet you someday, anyway.
Won't you come out right now, anyhow?
Don't like to wait till this late, anyway.
Won't you come out right now, anyhow?
We're going to meet you someday, anyway.

It's the African moon, it's the African sky;
it's a crack-bone tune that I'll hear till I die.
And the words to that song
are as right as they're wrong?
when the hyena calls,
they're all singing only for you. It goes:

Tumble out of bed, tumble out of bed,
we're going to meet you someday, anyway.
Won't you come out right now, anyhow?
Don't like to wait till this late, anyway.
Won't you come out right now, anyhow?
We're going to meet you someday, anyway.

©1974 Thom Moore, reg. IMRO, MCPS

Song Length
2:20
Genres
Folk - Rock, World - African
Tempo / Feel
Fast (151 - 170)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Brutal, Cheerful

Subject Matter
Wild Animals, Doom


Language
English
Era
1950 - 1959

Lyric Credits Thom Moore
Music Credits Thom Moore
Producer Credits Donal Lunny
Publisher Credits IMRO, MCPS, PRS
Performance Credits Pumpkinhead
Label Credits Mulligan LUN-001