Midnight Oil — The Dead Heart
Album: Diesel and Dust
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Released: 1987
Length: 5:08
Plays (last 30 days): 2
We don't serve your country
Don't serve your king
Know your custom don't speak your tongue
White man came took everyone

We don't serve your country
Don't serve your king
White man listen to the songs we sing
White man came took everything

We carry in our hearts the true country
And that cannot be stolen
We follow in the steps of our ancestry
And that cannot be broken

We don't serve your country
Don't serve your king
Know your custom don't speak your tongue
White man came took everyone

We don't need protection
Don't need your hand
Keep your promise on where we stand
We will listen we'll understand

We carry in our hearts the true country
And that cannot be stolen
We follow in the steps of our ancestry
And that cannot be broken

We carry in our hearts the true country
And that cannot be stolen
We follow in the steps of our ancestry
And that cannot be broken

Mining companies, pastoral companies
Uranium companies
Collected companies
Got more right than people
Got more say than people
Forty thousand years can make a difference to the state
of things
The dead heart lives here
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Saw them in the early 80's up here in Canada, an inspiring show by all accounts.  They had an Australian indigenous opening act that consisted primarily of didgeridoo players that was particularly mesmerizing.
 poetdancer wrote:

Agreed. Saw them in Oakland (California) on this last tour, and they were still inspiring.

 
I was at the Oakland show too. As good as ever (although Peter's dancing around was a little less manic).
 Bert7 wrote:
Saw them a month ago in Vancouver Canada, if you get a chance don't miss them. Rocked for over 2 hours and sound great.{#Drummer} 

 
Agreed. Saw them in Oakland (California) on this last tour, and they were still inspiring.
Saw them a month ago in Vancouver Canada, if you get a chance don't miss them. Rocked for over 2 hours and sound great.{#Drummer} 
 fredriley wrote:

The UK Queen is only nominally head of State - she's a figurehead, and has no executive power, for all that all Acts of Parliament are carried out in her name. That she and her clan of inbred descendants of German robber barons are backwards and parasitic is a given, but she doesn't have any power - that's wielded by inbred ruling-class public school Tories.

 
In practice this is correct however, under UK law, the Queen/Monarchy still retains the right to do a helluva lot. That's because we don't have a proper constitution or bill of rights.

Powers of the Queen:

The power to appoint and dismiss the Prime Minister
The power to appoint and dismiss other ministers.
The power to summon, prorogue and dissolve Parliament
The power to make war and peace
The power to command the armed forces of the United Kingdom
The power to regulate the Civil ServiceThe power to ratify treaties
The power to issue passports
The power to appoint bishops and archbishops of the Church of England
The power to create peers (both life peers and hereditary peers).
 

In times of "grave constitutional crisis", the Queen has the power to VETO any ministerial advice/opinion.


they were originals
 poetdancer wrote:
They're about to launch their first tour in 20 years - perhaps to a venue near you! I'm very excited to see them again.
 
Is this tour going to be sponsored by Australian Dream®?
 
They're about to launch their first tour in 20 years - perhaps to a venue near you! I'm very excited to see them again.
White man come.
White man form rock band,
White rock band sing about White man come,
Dum Dum Dum De Dum

(repeat ad infinitum changing words slightly) 
So glad I had the opportunity to see this band live! They were incredible.
Overplayed long ago. Still feels I've heard it too many times too recently.
Glad they had their hit. Now let"s move on.
Not everything need be politics, all the time, at every movement. 
Durr durr durr dur durr de de... and repeat
Mad Max (reboot)...anyone?
{#Bananasplit}
 fredriley wrote:

The UK Queen is only nominally head of State - she's a figurehead, and has no executive power, for all that all Acts of Parliament are carried out in her name. That she and her clan of inbred descendants of German robber barons are backwards and parasitic is a given, but she doesn't have any power - that's wielded by inbred ruling-class public school Tories.

 

Just to clarify, in case you were a little confused by Fred's last sentence, what the British call public schools we call private schools here in the US.    


This song, though... <3
 fredriley wrote:

The UK Queen is only nominally head of State - she's a figurehead, and has no executive power, for all that all Acts of Parliament are carried out in her name. That she and her clan of inbred descendants of German robber barons are backwards and parasitic is a given, but she doesn't have any power - that's wielded by inbred ruling-class public school Tories.

 
Classic
 TerryS wrote:
Everyone in my underwear loves this song.

 
{#Hug}
and now for the Alexisonfire cover...?
Daft singing.
I see Peter Garrett didn't give HIS property to the aboriginal people of Australia. Hypocrite!
 rdo wrote:

Being dodgy is a prerequisite for being a politician —- it is infinitely better than a monarchy though, where retards are frequently the heads of state... case in point — the UK
 
The UK Queen is only nominally head of State - she's a figurehead, and has no executive power, for all that all Acts of Parliament are carried out in her name. That she and her clan of inbred descendants of German robber barons are backwards and parasitic is a given, but she doesn't have any power - that's wielded by inbred ruling-class public school Tories.
{#Dancingbanana_2}
Something about this drumming annoys me. Too monotonous? Doesn't sound like a normal drum set, rather whacking some plastic pans or something.
{#Jump}
 Bert7 wrote:

Pretty much could be said about any natives in any country.

 
Yep. This song is just whining...
 otaznick wrote:

"The song deals with the mistreatment of indigenous Australians and the nonrecognition of indigenous cultures in Australia, and was part of efforts to raise awareness of Australia's Stolen Generations - the forcible removal of Australian Aboriginal children from their families between 1909 and the 1970's."

 
Pretty much could be said about any natives in any country.
Oh how I love Friday Mornings :)
Can't get enough of The Oils.
Just keep movin'  {#Bananajumprope}
More into their older stuff but Midnight Oil is always gold!
 clyman99 wrote:


White man listen to the songs we sing
White man came took everything...  {#Eh}

 
"The song deals with the mistreatment of indigenous Australians and the nonrecognition of indigenous cultures in Australia, and was part of efforts to raise awareness of Australia's Stolen Generations - the forcible removal of Australian Aboriginal children from their families between 1909 and the 1970's."
 FatPants wrote:
I still listen to Midnight Oil perhaps more often than I should

 
Me too. And I still have no idea what Warburton is.
RP on a roll!!! Blue Oyster Cult and now this! Keep it going!!!
do dit do dit do do do
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White man listen to the songs we sing
White man came took everything...  {#Eh}
 TerryS wrote:
Everyone in my underwear loves this song.

 
careful... we've been there before
Everyone in my underwear loves this song.
I still listen to Midnight Oil perhaps more often than I should
Well I remember how totally different this was from most of the stuff out there at the time. And it was hitting back HARD; we LOVED it!
The first CD I every bought.  Got it used.  But had to bring something home to try out the new Denon 777.

Dynamic range was so good that I almost killed the voice coils in my Audax tweeters.

 
 fitzworld wrote:
It is just me or does the lead singer remind you of Falco?

 
I can hear what you mean.  At the very beginning of the tune, Garrett seems to use a similar vocal inflection to that often employed by Austria's greatest rapper, but it changes after that.  Ordinarily, they don't sound alike at all, and they certainly did not have any visual resemblance to one another.
Love the brass and strings on this. Bonzer mate.
It is just me or does the lead singer remind you of Falco?
 WonderLizard wrote:
Incredible song by one of the greatest of the Oz bands. The arrangement is stunning.

 
DITTO!
Used to love this song as a kid. Was the super-amp tune before surfing. Now that I'm living in Australia and learning a bit about the Aboriginal people and their story it means a lot more. 10.
 stunix wrote:

Bush?

 
Abso-fuckin-lutly


I am sorry to dissappoint you all but I am a life long Democrat.  It is a supreme insult to any Democrat to suggest they are less patriotic than a Republican.  The people that come to this board are clueless about American politics---I do not let it bother me.  
yeah yeah get up and dance people...{#Dancingbanana_2}
{#Fire} {#War}
Incredible song by one of the greatest of the Oz bands. The arrangement is stunning.