Hi everybody!
I have just listened to the song mentioned above and after a second and third listening I was actually able to understand much of it. However the refrain remains a mistery to me:
How can we dance when our earth is turning.
How do we sleep while our beds are burning.
Can anybody explain this to me?
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Out where the river broke
the bloodwood and the desert oak.
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels.
Steam in forty five degrees.
The time has come. To say fair's fair.
To pay the rent. To pay our share.
The time has come. A fact's a fact.
It belongs to them. Let's give it back.
How can we dance when our earth is turning.
How do we sleep while our beds are burning.
How can we .
The time has come. To say fair's fair.
To pay the rent. To pay our share.
Four wheels scare the cockatoos.
From Kintore East to Yuendemu.
The western desert lives and breathes.
In forty five degrees.
The time has come. To say fair's fair.
To pay the rent. To pay our share.
The time has come. A fact's a fact.
It belongs to them. Let's give it back.
How can we .
How can we .
The time has come. To say fair's fair.
To pay the rent. To pay our share.
The time has come. A fact's a fact.
It belongs to them. We gotta give it back.
How can we .
I have just listened to the song mentioned above and after a second and third listening I was actually able ... to me: How can we dance when our earth is turning. How do we sleep while our beds are burning.

Both metaphors illustrate intolerable rapid change.

Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)
Hi everybody! I have just listened to the song mentioned above and after a second and third listening I was ... when our earth is turning. How do we sleep while our beds are burning. Can anybody explain this to me?

It's a good song, I've not heard it for a while. Many lyricists look for a rhyme and wonder about meaning afterwards, but here I think the meaning is pretty clear, and it's well thought out. The song is about ecology, and the damage humans are doing to their environment. If you destroy the environment you live in, you end up as the loser; if you burn the bed you're sleeping in, you definately end up the loser. At the same time, if you're in bed, then you're asleep, and you are unaware of, or indifferent to, the pressing environmental issues that should be keeping you awake.
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Not this time thanks Pete!
DC
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Hi everybody! I have just listened to the song mentioned ... our beds are burning. Can anybody explain this to me?

It's a good song, I've not heard it for a while. Many lyricists look for a rhyme and wonder about ... you're asleep, and you are unaware of, or indifferent to, the pressing environmental issues that should be keeping you awake.

The song is actually about the Australian Aborigines and about the European settlement of their homeland. (The band is Australian, naturally.) The lyrics all fit into that idea if any specific meaning is sought.

johnF
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Marxism and the Philosophy of Language , Valentin Volosinov