Song Lyric Sunday – Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil

I honestly didn’t know how much fun this week’s theme would be for me.  It took me back to the early nineties when we couldn’t just Google anything we wanted at the drop of a hat, which means lyrics weren’t as easily available; and we all know that what we hear isn’t always what the lyrics actually are.

I knew nothing about this band; in fact, this was a band I listened to because I had a boyfriend at the time who loved them.  He ended up taking me to this concert when I was seventeen or eighteen and it was my very first experience with the concert world.

I saw my first mosh pit… I saw someone get carried out of the mosh pit passing out… I saw police drag someone out of the mosh pit all bloodied…

I was scared to death!

The worst part was, this was the only song I knew.  I felt completely out of place…

The best part about choosing this song today is that I was able to go to Wikipedia and find out a little bit about the band and the song.  Midnight Oil is an Australian band and this is a protest song in support of giving native Australian lands back to the Pintupi.  Those facts make me understand and like the lyrics even more, but after listening to the song today, I can honestly say I very much dislike the singer’s voice.  I guess this little trip down memory lane wasn’t completely successful, but you can’t win them all.

I think the song has great meaning, even for the state of the world today.   “How can we dance when our earth is turning?  How do we sleep while our beds are burning?”  I hope you enjoy!

Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil
Written by Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie and Peter Garrett
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

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 dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
Now 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 dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

How can we dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent now
To pay our share

The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
We’re gonna give it back

How can we dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

Song Lyric Sunday is open to anyone who wants to share music.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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15 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil

  1. Thanks for sharing sweet girl. I loved the beat of the song and the scenery. Like you I did’t care for his voice. Then singing together was not bad. Love you sweet girl. Have a great Sunday!!

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  2. They were very popular in the 80’s in Germany and I liked them a lot. But I can understand your dislike of his voice. Have a great Sunday. I soon will follow your prompts but for now, it just has to go somewhere. Sorry 😦

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  3. Oh my, I absolutely LOVE discovering you today! Music and lyrics are such a huge part of my life. I definitely want to participate and I love today’s challenge. I just can’t remember which one was my very first concert…San Diego Opera House, either James Brown (with Fontella Bass) or Peter, Paul and Mary…talk about opposites!! Wish I had photos of THAT for this week’s WP Challenge! Thanks Daily Musings for the connection!

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    • Excellent! I didn’t necessarily pick my first “concert”. It was my first band concert but I saw a country singer when I was a little younger, I think. It’s hard to remember for sure, but this one definitely left an impression.

      I look forward to your submission. Welcome aboard!! 😊

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  4. I went to Eminem with a boyfriend, at the time, and it wasn’t all bad, but not my scene. But he went to shows for me too. I guess that’s how it goes in relationships, but that whole mosh pit thing is scary, for sure. I try to stay out of any areas, as someone with a visual impairment, where I could be trampled or knocked out cold.
    🙂
    I do know this song though. It’s a good prompt. There’s just something about a live performance.

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    • I’ve been inside “mosh pits” since and it wasn’t so bad. That was for sure the scariest one I’ve seen. As long as you’re somewhat moving with everyone, it isn’t too bad, but I definitely prefer watching from the outskirts of the pit. I would definitely steer clear with visual impairment.

      I’m so happy you liked the prompt. It sounds like everyone is enjoying the trip down memory lane. 😊

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  5. I always liked this song, and at the time, knew it was some kind of protest song, though I didn’t know the background. Great post, Helen, & I am hoping to participate every Sunday – as usual I am a little late to the party 🙂

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