Friday, November 20, 2009

"Bondi beach," surf Aborigines call "water over rocks"

Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia ( Photo by Duncan Rawlinson)

Bondi beach: a story and song
A song of a Yank surfer on a flight from Vietnam to Australia to survive big waves at a place Aborigines call "water over rocks"

A new recording by folk poetry band Mike Marcellino

Listen on the widgets on Notebook Writer, or on our band site on ReverbNation


Like our music page on Facebook



Mike - lyrics, vocal
Tomas Texino - guitar, drum, composition, production
Recorded in St. Augustine Florida, November 20, 2009

Bondi beach
by Mike Marcellino

From an old French
Tan Son Nhat,
a khaki clad
Yank surfer
four thousand miles
a mission of redemption
to New South Wales
into the water over rocks
the Aborigines
Bondi beach.

A mate’s long board
water logged,
the Yank surfer
by ever strong winds
made his way
into the water over rocks
the Aborigines 
Bondi beach.

his long board
the surf,
the lone
silent rider
left in his wake, rice paddies
and triple canopy jungles,
kept head of rip currents
and deadly bull sharks
into the water over rocks
the Aborigines 
Bondi beach.

For the seventh wave
he waited, the Yank
took off
all out
the twelve foot high
over head,
sent the long board
like an arrow,
driving him
into the water over rocks
the Aborigines
Bondi beach.

Bondi beach, Copyright Mike Marcellino, 2008, 2009


  1. I like this place! I love the idea and wish there was a place like this in Astoria, Queens. I am a surfer and found a "real surfer bar" in Point Break NYC. I am kinda jealous ;0PIts filled with surfers, people who like surfers, people who like the beach and people who don't want to live close to town. I really like this place. You know what they have these real Proctor and Channel One surfboards on the wall. It's nice for coming any day of the week and eating a late brunch. The food was outstanding. The brunch and sides were prefect and tasty. It is a perfect "escape" from city living. It is probably one of the only places where you can get a nice frozen pina colada or margarita. The service was on hit. They came up and checked on us so many times and made sure everything was up to par. It gets very active and the bartenders keep everybody having a good time. The bartender was very accommodating. He was nice enough to make a drink, that wasn't on the menu, for me :0) Did I mention the bartenders are nice eye candy. It was amazing to see their “das boot” which is shaped like a boot filled with beer. Don’t get me wrong, I am not drunk…it’s an actual boot shaped beer container ready to be emptied. Try it ..You will love it!! Oh. How can I forget, they even have a wheel o' shots where you just have to spin it and have to drink whatever shot it lands on!! Now call that bar creativity at its best!!! And when I spill a tray full of shots on myself, the bartender so kindly remakes them for me? Good music, too, and the decor helped us weather an otherwise overcast and rainy day. You know that old song "Brandy"? It goes, "Brandy, you're a fine girl, what a good wife you would be. But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea." I believe Brandy works here. No reason, I just do. And that song happens to be a guilty pleasure of mine, so that's a plus in my book. You can simply waltz over to this colorful and warm establishment, enjoy some drinks with friends, and walk home. The bar is right at the center, so you can walk to either side for drinks, and the bartenders are friendly and at your service. There is a variety of seating, good music, and friendly neighborhood people to make your time more enjoyable. Not pretentious, very cozy, I think Point Break is a fabulous place to spend some time with friends.

  2. Thanks for stopping by. I'll have to try Point Break. Next time you're in NYC try Bondi Beach, a restaurant and bar on the Lower East Side, run by some of Aussies. Great Sunday brunch. Love the Aussie pancakes and the bartender was great, gave me a drink. A white sheet on the wall with surfing black and white surfing films rolling.