Measured with a Thermometer. Song Lyric Sunday.

It is Sunday again and I do love a music prompt, not too much work involved, which is good for me as I still don’t feel like too much heavy lifting heavy blogging yet so I could not resist Jim Adams and his Song Lyric Sunday Challenge.

This week the prompt words are Cold/Freeze/Heat/Melt

On the hot side I immediately thought of Midnight Oil and one of best protest songs ( in my opinion) Beds are Burning . A protest song about how The Aborigines are treated. A fact how all Original races have been treated by invaders over time and even now all over the world.

Beds Are Burning” is a 1987 song by the Australian rock band Midnight Oil, the first track from their album Diesel and Dust. This song was released as the second single from the album. It reached No. 1 in New ZealandSouth Africa and Canada, No. 3 in the Netherlands, No. 5 in France, No. 6 in the United KingdomAustralia and Ireland, No. 17 in the United States and Sweden.

After Midnight Oil toured through the Outback in 1986, playing to remote Aboriginal communities and seeing first hand the seriousness of the issues in health and living standards, Peter Garrett wrote “Beds Are Burning” to criticize how said populations were often forcibly removed from their lands, highlighted by the pre-chorus lines “it belongs to them, let’s give it back”. Considering such a local affair inspired a worldwide hit, Garrett commented “Who would have thought an Aboriginal land rights song would travel that far?”[4] There are specific references to certain Australian places and politics, such as Kintore Ranges and the town of Yuendumu, vehicles produced by the Holden company, the “It’s Time” slogan and the notion of “fair go“.[5]

More information here

“Beds Are Burning”

Out where the river broke
The blood-wood 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

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And on the cold spectrum why not Annie Lennox and Cold. One of her most beautiful songs this one is very special to me. Not sure why because it is obviously all about a toxic relationship. It just goes to show you don’t pick your favourite songs they pick you.

Cold” is a song by the British singer Annie Lennox. It was released as the fourth single from her 1992 album, Diva, and reached no. 26 in the UK. The single was released as a series of three separate CD singles, titled ColdColder and Coldest. Each CD featured the track “Cold” as well as a collection of live tracks. It was the first single to chart in the UK Top 40 without being released on vinyl, solely on CD.

That’s all for now Folks I am worn-out (Darn light weight)

Have a great Sunday everyone 😘

44 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Jun 28, 2020 @ 09:35:09

    And she’s back 💜

    Reply

  2. Priscilla Bettis
    Jun 28, 2020 @ 11:45:12

    I love “Beds are Burning,” but I hadn’t heard Lennox’s “Cold.” She’s one of dear hubby’s fave artists, so talented!

    Reply

  3. Maggie
    Jun 28, 2020 @ 12:27:18

    Your song lyric posts are always so interesting, Willow. I am happy you were feeling up to joining in. What moving songs you chose. Thank you.

    Reply

  4. Dale
    Jun 28, 2020 @ 13:02:22

    Wonderful selections, Willow! 🧡🧡🧡

    Reply

  5. Lisa Coleman
    Jun 28, 2020 @ 13:39:19

    “Beds are Burning” wouldn’t play for me, but I went to YouTube for it. Has a bit of a 80’s sound to it. Both songs were new to me. Annie Lennox has a voice & I enjoy here other music! 🙂

    Reply

  6. newepicauthor
    Jun 28, 2020 @ 14:22:40

    The Midnigth Oil song Bed Are Burning was really nice and I liked the drums, the bass and the video. The Annie Lennox song Cold was also nice to hear and I loved her right from the start, Thanks for joining in Willow.

    Reply

  7. aisasami
    Jun 28, 2020 @ 14:43:21

    It has been a long time since I heard “Beds Are Burning”. Nice pick with the Annie Lennox song!

    Reply

  8. joem18b
    Jun 28, 2020 @ 15:17:47

    excellent musical knowledge!

    Reply

  9. J-Dub
    Jun 28, 2020 @ 15:45:26

    The best. Both song choices. The lyric from Annie “dying is easy, it’s living that scares me to death” very fitting in this pandemic.

    Reply

  10. pensitivity101
    Jun 28, 2020 @ 17:39:59

    Good choices! Well done!!

    Reply

  11. msjadeli
    Jun 28, 2020 @ 18:54:14

    Midnight Oil are one of my favorite bands. I love their socially conscious lyrics and the music rocks! I have this album and a couple others of theirs.

    Reply

  12. Robert Matthew Goldstein
    Jun 28, 2020 @ 21:05:33

    It seems like you’re making progress, Willow. I hope so. Midnight Oil and Beds are Burning.’ and ‘Diva’…Great share.

    Reply

  13. darsword
    Jul 01, 2020 @ 00:03:26

    I hadn’t heard either of these. But they were super. I love what Midnight Oil was trying to say. And who doesn’t love Annie Lennox? Thanks for sharing and widening my horizons. Hope your strength is returning. Music should help, don’t you think? I hope so. ❤

    Reply

  14. Felicia Denise
    Jul 04, 2020 @ 03:26:25

    Midnight Oil is new-to-me but love the lyrics…and always happy to Annie! 🙂

    Reply

    • willowdot21
      Jul 04, 2020 @ 06:07:49

      Midnight Oil are from the eighties, a brilliant group, I love the lyrics that’s what always draws me. Annie well she is just pure genius, so glad you enjoyed the music 💜

      Reply

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