Debbie Kruger
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Thanks to Festival Mushroom Records, a CD of Songwriters Speak was made available to accompany the book, so readers and listeners could hear some of the songs talked about in the interviews.

While the Songwriters Speak CD is no longer available in music stores it is still possible to get a copy. If you would like to purchase the CD please email for details.

Songwriters Speak is a double CD compilation of 38 songs written by Australian and New Zealand songwriters. Performers include pioneers like Slim Dusty, Rolf Harris and The Seekers; iconic bands such as Little River Band, Sherbet, Cold Chisel, INXS, Mental As Anything and Crowded House; contemporary legends such as Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Archie Roach and Kasey Chambers; plus a couple of surprise overseas stars. This outstanding set showcases the work of songwriters who have left an indelible imprint on Australia’s cultural landscape, a must for any music collection.

The CD liner notes feature a quote from each songwriter about his or her song on the two-disc set. Here are a couple of examples:

Ross Wilson: “I always think ‘Cool World’ is a landmark for me, because it was the first shift into more insightful kind of writing. Before that, with a couple of exceptions, my writing had tended to be more flippant and still about, come on let’s dance, there was a lot of that. But ‘Cool World’ was a signpost into more mature lyric writing on a regular basis, and now just about everything I write is coming from the kind of insight that I’ve gained about who I am and how I relate to the world around me.”

James Reyne: “‘Hammerhead’ was not necessarily about me, but let’s say I thought I knew what I was talking about. I wrote it with Simon Hussey; the music Simon and I wrote together and I wrote the lyrics. From memory it seemed to come quite easily. I shouldn’t make too much about the fact that it’s about drugs. It can be taken many ways. It was an exercise in trying to write a song about that subject but to also make it that it could be about a relationship. It’s a song about a relationship. And whether that relationship is with a substance or a person, it’s an obsessive relationship.”

1. Red Rubber Ball – The Seekers
2. Fijian Girl – Rolf Harris
3. Smiley – Ronnie Burns
4. Because I Love You – Masters Apprentices
5. Sweet Sweet Love – Russell Morris
6. Ginger Man – Brian Cadd
7. Lights On The Hill – Slim Dusty
8. Evie Part 1 – Stevie Wright
9. Child’s Play – Sherbet
0. Devil Woman – Cliff Richard
1. Deep Water – Richard Clapton
2. A Little More Love – Olivia Newton-John
3. Cool Change – Little River Band
4. Don’t Throw Stones – Sports
5. I Hope I Never – Split Enz
6. Cool World – Mondo Rock
7. If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?
7. – Mental As Anything
8. Boys In Town – Divinyls
9. Love In Motion – Icehouse

11.Mistress of Mine – Little River Band
22.Overkill – Men At Work
33.Maxine – Sharon O’Neill
44.Saturday Night – Cold Chisel
55.Hard Habit To Break – Chicago
66.Say Goodbye – Hunters & Collectors
77.Cootamundra Wattle – John Williamson
88.World Where You Live – Crowded House
99.Hammerhead – James Reyne
10.To Her Door – Paul Kelly
11.A Little Further North – Graeme Connors
12.Age Of Reason – John Farnham
13.Took The Children Away – Archie Roach
14.White Roses – Deborah Conway
15.Baby Don’t Cry – INXS
16.Nobody’s Baby Now – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
17.The Captain – Kasey Chambers
18.Two Beds and a Coffee Machine – Savage Garden
19.The Greatest View – Silverchair

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