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Beds are Burning
by Midnight Oil

Out where the river broke
The bloodwood 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?

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing
Written by: James Moginie, Martin Rotsey, Peter Garrett, Peter Gifford, Robert Hirst

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Glen Burns

Peter Garrett was the singer in Midnight Oil. He is no longer with the band. He served two terms as president of the Australian Conservation Foundation. In his first term, from 1989 to 1993, significant results were achieved for many threatened areas of the Australian environment including Coronation Hill in Kakadu, Shoalwater Bay in Queensland, the Queensland Wet Tropics rainforest and Jervis Bay in NSW. In his second term, the ACF grew strongly, developed partnerships with non-government organisations, progressive business groups and companies, and expanded it's campaigning into marine conservation and northern Australia.

He received the Australian Humanitarian Foundation Award ( environment category) in 2000, and in 2003 received the Order of Australia (Member General Division) for his contribution to environment and the music industry. Dude lives what he believes.Vern Collins - Vancouver, Wa

Forever Holiday

Now tell us the bad stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is plenty!!!!

Karen Oconnor

U571..but what's changed? ...if indigenous people looking after THEIR LAND...no bloody fires!:? Music /beds gets me everytime. ..g'daý. ..be safè.

climax050

@popmusic7 can’t say I read the newspapers but from what I do read it seems pretty alright, again I couldn’t say, but goddamn it’d be the only right wing stuff cause everything on TV and social media is just so left wing it’s off the rails 😂🤷‍♂️

popmusic7

@Aaron Leverton thanks for your corrections Aaron - it seems some people posting remember the sensationalism and not the truth.

popmusic7

@climax050 because of the inherent right-wing bias in Australian newspapers (thank you Rupert).

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rosstaylor71

Listening to this in the US in 2020. Seems appropriate right about now. The show is just getting started.

Amadeus Alberto

Return the land to north american indians 🤔

Paul Vincent

I had exactly the same thought

Jacob NRx

Doesn't seem appropriate one bit. That's nonsense. How old are you?

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