Australia Day

This for #lyricalfictionfriday

It doesn’t follow the rules which are explained here but it is Friday and it does feature lyrics.

And being Friday January 26 it is also Australia Day and, for better or worse, a significant day down here.

And if I’m trying to “erase you from my mind” then what better way to do it than erase your entire history?

Whether or not you agree with the indigenous peoples of this country that the date itself is highly offensive (and, let’s face it, you’d have to be an idiot not to understand why they find it offensive) I think it reasonable just to take their word for it and move it to one of the other 364 days available (how about the stupid day when we celebrate the birthday of the Queen of England – even though it’s not actually her birthday?)

But this old song has nothing to do with all that stuff. It’s primary sentiment is within the chorus and that is a sentiment that I would urge people to act upon regardless of the date.

Don’t waste time. These are the best years of our lives.

******************

Oh, Michael, all the lines are down. It’s Australia Day again

Everytime the wheel slows down I think of all my friends

Whatever happened to the days way back when the Bondi Lifesaver

was always raging?

I’m standing here in Oxford Street and the ghosts are howling

and geez it’s raining

Don’t waste time. These are the best years of our lives.

I said, don’t waste time. These are the best years of our lives.

I wish I had been around when the Bondi Icebergs reigned

Sometimes I sit and think of it and I dream of better days

Whatever happened to the days way back in the nineteen thirties

All those endless parties?

I’m still too young to understand how it was back then

When the party ends

Don’t waste time. These are the best years of our lives.

I said, don’t waste time. These are the best years of our lives

They say the circle turns around. There’ll be better days

And I don’t mind waiting

I wish time had stopped ten years ago

But I’m learning slowly life is always changing.

Don’t waste time. These are the best years of our lives.

I said, don’t waste time. These are the best years of our lives

I got a letter from Doctor Pepper it was ten thousand words to the page

He was talking about Gurdjieff, and I dozed off about half way

Whatever happened to the days way back, when the world was safe

And seemed worth saving?

We search for leaders on our hands and knees

But don’t ask David, because he’s still crazy

*********************

But ….. while I’m on the subject

Here’s another

I’m living in the land of Oz

I’m living here because

My folks lived here

They brung me up

And their folks lived here too.

(If you’re white you can come alright

But if you’re black you better get back)

Living in the Land of Oz

9 thoughts on “Australia Day

  1. I agree totally with you, we should change the day even though it was pointed out to me yesterday whatever day we have Australia Day the damage of the past will still be there….but like you I appreciate the hurt the day brings to our indigenous people. Maybe change it to Connection the Land day, that way we all celebrate what connection means to us.

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    1. The damage is done, of course, and I suppose we really don’t want to erase the past but learn from it instead. That doesn’t mean that we should be rubbing people’s noses in it. I don’t mind using the name ‘Australia Day’ I just think as Australians we need to ensure that it is an inclusive celebration.

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      1. Yes. Sadly Richard and Ross seem to have enjoyed a little more critical acclaim than have I. Personally I was just putting it down to luck, but you seem to be suggesting that skill is involved somewhere in the process. Which is a bit dispiriting …….

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