For Michelle Fisher


She used to be a hippy
Now she’s got a laptop and a mobile phone
She used to live in hovels
Now she’s got a mortgage on a period home

She once was a masseur
Now she’s a marketing guru for a company
She used to be a vego
Now she cooks dead animals for her family
I thought that she’d sold out until I realised
She’s got the hippy inside

She used to ride a pushie
Now she drives a late-model Holden Calais
She used to wield a sketchbook
Now it’s a digital camera and a PDA
But she gets no plastic bags when she goes out to buy
She’s got the hippy inside

She smiles with her heart, she cries with her soul
She always plays a part
In making the world such a better place
I wish that I were half as good
But I don’t think I ever could
She’s as beautiful as a really nice piece
Of reconditioned secondhand hardwood

I see a lot of hippies, with tie-dyed shirts
And dreadlocks, and Indian cotton pants
They’re smoking marijuana, and hanging out at CERES
Doing a funny hippy dance

But she is something else, and I can tell you why
She’s got the hippy inside


from Long Story Short (Remastered), released January 26, 2020
Lyrics and music by Dean Lombard
Copyright 2003


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The Phosphenes Melbourne, Australia

The Phosphenes create imperfect three-minute pop songs from a standard dysfunctional rock line-up (with added harmonica for your convenience) that - replete with catchy hooks and upbeat rhythms, armed with poignant and quirky humour, and dripping in vocal harmonies - stick in your head and get you out of your chair. ... more

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