Protestsong du jour: Beds Are Burning

Klassieker van Midnight Oil over de schandalige wijze waarop de Aboriginals – de oorspronkelijke bevolking van Australië – behandeld werd (en wordt). De song werd een verrassende wereldwijde hit. Helaas bestaat de band niet meer. Zanger en tekstschrijver  Peter Garrett ging in de politiek en schopte het tot Minister van Milieu en – later- Minister van Onderwijs in twee opeenvolgende Labor-kabinetten.

Out where the river broke
The bloodwood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty-five degrees

[Pre-Chorus]
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

[Chorus]
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?

[Post-Chorus]
The time has come to say fair’s fair
To pay the rent now, to pay our share

[Verse 2]
Four wheels scare the cockatoos
From Kintore, east to Yuendemu
The Western Desert lives and breathes
In forty-five degrees

[Pre-Chorus]
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

[Chorus]
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?

[Pre-Chorus]
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

[Chorus]
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?