The Cold Acre

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"The Cold Acre"
Single by Augie March
from the album Moo, You Bloody Choir
Released 2006
Format CD single
Digital download
Genre Rock
Label Sony BMG Australia
Songwriter(s) Glenn Richards
Producer(s) Eric Drew Feldman, Paul McKercher, Augie March
Augie March singles chronology
"One Crowded Hour"
(2006)
"The Cold Acre"
(2006)
"Pennywhistle"
(2008)
"One Crowded Hour"
(2006)
"The Cold Acre"
(2006)
"Pennywhistle"
(2008)

"The Cold Acre" is the second single released in 2006 from Moo, You Bloody Choir, the third studio album by Australian indie rock band, Augie March. In Bernard Zuel's review of the album, he described how the song's "lyrics fill me with wonder. From a homeless man facing death with equanimity ('And when I go my bones will know/ to pick up and follow the wagon that rolls on the cold acre')."[1] Robert Forster describes the lyrics as "beautiful lines, and they talk to each other."[2] Billboard Magazine described the song as "gentle and poppy, layered with piano and harmonies".[3]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2007 the music video for "Cold Acre", directed by Ben Saunders and Germain McMicking, was nominated for Best Video.[4][5]

In February to March 2007 the group undertook a nationwide Cold Acre Tour to support the single and its album.[6] In March 2015 the song's writer, Glenn Richards, jokingly told an enthusiastic audience member, "You can have it... It makes me about 50 cents a year in APRA cheques. Just wash my windows once a week and it’s yours."[7]

Music video[edit]

The landscape of the video is set in a vast open forest as lead singer Richards is rolling a boulder along a track. Along the way he ventures through a cleared section of the forest, where logged trees are noticed. He then comes across various people (the other band members) lending him a hand to push the boulder up a slope. At the top of the track, legs emerge from this boulder, which then flees from the band members, running down the slope.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Cold Acre" - 5:38

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zuel, Bernard (22 April 2006). "Moo, You Bloody Choir". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Forster, Robert (April 2006). "The Exford Dregs". The Monthly. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Billboard Reviews". Billboard. 119: 35. 11 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2007". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 24 September 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Bonus, Jade (11 January 2007). "Augie March Announce 'Cold Acre' Tour!". The Dwarf. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Hogan, Matthew (30 March 2015). "Augie on March Again". The West Australian. Retrieved 16 June 2015.