Beds Are Burning



Midnight Oil

Beds Are Burning
Midnight Oil

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
Four wheels scare the cockatoos
From Kintore East to Yuendemu
The western desert lives and breathes
In forty five degrees

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- Nathen , Melbourne , Australia
- Nathen , Melbourne , Australia
Sounds like Katherine Hepburn at the beginning of the song.
- Mark, Jefferson City, MO
can you tell me what it means "holden wrecks" that said the letter
- ricardo, distrito federal, Mexico
Bed Are Burning is a shocker! This timeless rocker by Midnight Oil is about land rights-namely, the plight of the aborigines. In Australia, they have been exploited by the British for over 200b years and it has got to stop! In this angry down under artwork, Peter Garrett writes "The time has come/To say Fair's Fair!...It belongs to them/Let's Give it Back!" Which leads me to ask "What side are you on?Can't we all just get along? For Once? We all need to be treated with dignity, fairness and respect if humanity is to Survive! i say that something's gotta give! I will listen to beds Are Burning for the rest of my rock & roll life and existence! Fair's Fair! Australia Forever!
- Leo, Westminster 1, MD
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