Algebra (charity single)

by Platypus Bear

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'Algebra' is a song Laura wrote that is not really about algebra. We decided to put it out as a charity single, so that all proceeds from its purchase will go to Mind in Haringey (, our local mental health charity. Both of our lives have been affected in various ways by mental health issues, so it's something we care very much about.

Mind in Haringey do amazing work by spreading awareness of mental health issues, putting on wellbeing activities, and providing counselling and advocacy services for people in our borough. They really make the resources they have go very very far! We don't even mind if you hate our music (or us personally) and never listen to the song - just please give something if you can.


released December 10, 2015

Laura and Ed wrote all the lyrics and music, and played all the instruments. Ed also did the techy stuff, and Laura drew the artwork.

Because of how Bandcamp works, any donation you make here will go straight to our Paypal account, and we will transfer it to Mind in Haringey. If you don't trust us to do that, you can always make a direct donation at



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Platypus Bear UK

An acoustic duo currently based in Norf London. With a sound like a couple of idiots having fun, Platypus Bear are a couple of idiots having fun.

We like harmonies and homemade percussion. If you're lucky enough to catch us live you might even see a kazoo or two.

Check out our soundcloud page for covers.
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Track Name: Algebra
you said “honey, your mind is a quadratic equation, and there’s somebody out there who can solve it but it’s probably not me, because i'm not very good at algebra”

you said “we’ve been dividing ourselves, but i’ve found a remainder, and now we’re just a fraction of what we were but the problem still won’t leave. i guess we’re not very good at algebra”

you said “this mess we’re in, it’s hardly rocket science, but i reckon it might be A-level maths and i barely scraped a C. you see, I've never been good at algebra”

you said “honey, i think i need to tell the teacher. you’ve got formulae scribbled all over your arms but you’re not allowed to cheat. you've got formulae scribbled all over your arms, i've seen it hidden under your sleeves. you’ve got formulae scribbled all over your arms and i hate to see you so weak. you’ve got formulae scribbled all over your arms oh honey, i’m so sorry. i just wish you were better at algebra”