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Nursery rhymes and songs for learning the numbers 1 to 10.

When I was one I sucked my thumb

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When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears

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Three blind mice

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This old man

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One man went to mow

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One big hippo balancing

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Hickety Pickety my red hen

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Five little speckled frogs

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Five Little Monkeys

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Five little monkeys jumping on the bed

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Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer

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Five little ducks went swimming one day

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Five Little Apples

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Counting songs that include that numbers 1 to 5

‘We just did what we wanted to do’: Powderfinger reflect on Odyssey Number Five 20 years on

The band say their biggest album was just a natural progression

“We were just five guys in a room and that was our world.”

If you strip away all the accolades, awards and worldwide fan adulation, guitarist Darren Middleton’s words sum up the essence of Powderfinger‘s remarkable two decade career.

“It’s not that we lived inside a bubble, but we were fairly immune to the pressures of the record company and anything like that,” Middleton says.

“We really just did what we wanted to do.”

Hear members of Powderfinger chat to Caz Tran about Odyssey Number Five

Through the 90s, Powderfinger made distinctive creative leaps with each successive release.

Their 1994 debut Parable for Wooden Ears’ overt ambition gave way to a more focused and accessible set of songs on 1996’s Double Allergic, which were honed further still on 1998’s Internationalist.

There was a palpable anticipation brewing for what they were cooking up for their fourth record.

And whether the band knew it or not, their world was about to get a whole lot crazier.

“We just tried to get better at writing songs. “

Odyssey Number Five, released 20 years ago, was not just an album crammed with widescreen anthems that captured our hearts (and multiple top spots on Hottest 100s).

It also seemed to sum up something of the bittersweet sentiment of a new millennium.

Drummer Jon ‘Cogsy’ Coghill says the album was the product of a band who were developing on their own terms.

“We’d never really plan success,” he says. “We just tried to get better and better at writing songs.

Powderfinger in the studio, making Odyssey Number Five

“It was like the whole time was learning how to write.

“It’s hard to say that it got better and better, but it got easier, and what we were trying to achieve, we could pull off a bit easier.

Odyssey Number Five felt a bit more natural and the album gels because we were sort of aiming for a very similar thing with all the songs.”

Ian Haug’s chiming guitar chord that reverberates heavily on opener ‘Waiting for the Sun’ sets up the album’s expansive mood perfectly.

Written in the midst of a tour after an unpleasant call home to his partner, Bernard Fanning says the song, along with ‘My Happiness’ and many others on the album, are an encapsulation of the overarching sentiment of Odyssey Number Five.

This was conceptually reflected in the album’s ‘kooky’ cover art, as bassist John Collins called it, depicting a “naked guy falling out of the sky”.

The story behind Powderfinger’s iconic Odyssey Number Five cover

What’s the story with that cover art?

‘My Happiness’ became Powderfinger’s first song to break into the US charts.

For a band who’d invested a lot of time and effort into cracking that market, it was both a hugely satisfying and disturbingly eye-opening experience.

On the one hand, the band scored a solid six-week tour of America, playing to between 500 and 1,000 people a night.

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But the record company people they’d meet in Los Angeles and New York left them galled and astonished.

“There’s a great Jimmy Barnes song, ‘You got nothing I want, you got nothing I need’,” Cogsy says, in reference to ‘You Got Nothing I Want’, the 1981 Cold Chisel single Barnes wrote in response to their treatment by the US industry.

“Exactly what he said on that song was how you’d feel walking away from talking to these people.

“Yes, there was a bit of [US] radio play, but there was also this bullshit that went with it.”

‘My Happiness’ landed the band at the top of the Hottest 100 countdown in 2000, which followed on from ‘These Days’ taking poll position in 1999, making Powderfinger the only band to top consecutive countdowns.

As a standalone song for the Two Hands soundtrack, ‘These Days’ was never written for an album and Middleton says it might not have been included on Odyssey Number Five if it were not for the insistence of producer Nick DiDia.

‘These Days’, with its tender poignancy and dignified resolve, has become the band’s signature song.

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Fittingly, it was the very last song they played to close out the final show of their Sunsets farewell tour in 2010.

It was a sad time for fans, and Middleton and Coghill also admit to overwhelming feelings as Fanning started the song at this final show at Brisbane’s Riverstage.

“It’s not that you avoid that moment all the way up into that moment, but you kind of do,” Middleton says.

“I mean, we knew that was gonna be the last gig for us a year and a half before we did that gig. But it’s not until you’re in that moment. You take a pause and you look out…

“I remember, it was quite heavy.

“I was a bit more emotional than I thought I was going to be about the whole thing. On one hand, you’re looking forward to the end. Then you find that, like, ‘Oh, okay. So this is the end. ‘”

How a Powderfinger b-side won the Hottest 100

The response to the song turned out nothing like they had planned

It might be the end of the road for the band for now, but a new album of previously recorded, unreleased material, which came out in 2020, and their recent One Night Lonely online gig, watched by hundreds of thousands of fans, will only further stoke speculation about the band reforming.

For now though, our yearnings can still be boundlessly channelled through the heartfelt emotion of Odyssey Number Five, an album that takes us to a particular time and feels out-of-time, too.

That means a great deal to Middleton.

“It’s exciting that people still listen to it, and like it,” he says. “That’s incredibly flattering.

“For music to just stand the test of time in people’s memories or their hearts. That’s amazing.”

The band say their biggest album was just a natural progression