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‘Arctic Ostrich’

Living in the frozen tundra of the north,
The bitter blizzard hits you with a driving force.
Flat head, proud chest, biped, flightless.
Living, living in the cold of the north

Arctic Ostrich, head in the snow.
Frozen ideas; don’t want to know.
Can’t see, can’t hear, can’t smell a rat,
Arctic Ostrich, can’t last, last like that.

He used to live in Eden long ago,
Fell from the garden, wondered to the ice flow.
A stranger came and paid his passage back home.
His ticket’s waiting at the arctic aerodrome.
Can’t see, snow blind, Scott free, another time.
Looks like, looks like his plane will leave alone

If a stranger put a ticket in your hand
That would take you right up to the promised land.
You don’t pay, it’s a free ride, one way, with a guide.
Would you take it would you understand?
Would you take it would you understand?
Would you take it would you understand?
Would you take it would you understand… understand?

Composer: Robert Bathurst
Lyricist: Martin Day
© M Day 3-Oct-1984


One coffee break when I was working in virus research some friends were joking about the Arctic Mole which burrows through icebergs. It caught my imagination and I decided to invent an arctic creature of my own complete with it’s own mythology. I’m hoping what I was really writing about is clear from the lyric.

As was the case with many of the early Salt Solution songs the lyrics came first and needed to be tailored to fit the music that came after it. This is the third version. It pained me to lose carefully crafted lyrics. I sometimes used to sing ‘string vest’ instead of flightless in concerts as a homage to the lyrics that were left on the cutting room floor.

This song was affectionately nicknamed ‘Arctic Frosties’ by Rob Bathurst who wrote the music, a title that was later adopted as the album title.


Arctic footage combines with the track 'Arctic Ostrich'
Footage of the frozen Arctic wastes and the Northern lights provide suitable imagery for Salt Solution‘s track ‘Arctic Ostrich‘.

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Listen to ‘Arctic Ostrich’ from Salt Solution’s album ‘Arctic Frosties‘.