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James Reyne Lyrics

Meet me down by the jetty landing
Where the pontoons bump and spray
All the others reading, standing
As the Manly ferry cuts its way to Circular Quay

Hear the captain blow his whistle
So long she's been away
I miss our early morning wrestle
Not a very happy way to start the day

She don't like that kind of behaviour
She don't like that kind of behaviour

So throw down your guns
Don't be so Reckless
Throw down guns
Don't be so

Feel like Scott of the Antarctic
Base camp too far away
A Russian sun beneath the Artic
Burke and Wills and camels
Initials in the tree





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Possibly the most quintessential Aussie rock classic there is. So beautiful, still makes me shed a tear.

Elizabeth Blackwell

@James Gray He said he could not explain them. I was there when he said it. It was at a recording of an interview for morning TV. He was the guest interviewed before me. He then went on to make joke about why that was so which was not for public consumption so I won't repeat it.

James Gray

Elizabeth Blackwell It’s a song about a break up. The images of isolation and being cut off continue that theme.

And Mr Reyne has actually said he wanted to rewrite the lyrics.

Elizabeth Blackwell

@MrAMYJACK James Reyne has on many occasions said he couldn't explain the lyrics either.


@Elizabeth Blackwell suppose they wouldn't to you it takes understanding of life and death

Elizabeth Blackwell

@Jim Alley Oh get a grip, you whiny baby. James Reyne has on many occasions said he couldn't explain the lyrics either.

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Eddy Rigato

Such a great song! Love to see him live


As an American I learned about him from 800 Words. Great song.

nixie NICLA

Peace....unarmed let's this song

Caredent Tbg

+nixie NICLA you first

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