Flame Trees
Cold Chisel Lyrics


Kids out driving saturday afternoon just pass me by
And I'm just savoring familiar sights
We share some history, this town and I
And I can't stop that long forgotten feeling of her
Try to book a room and stay tonight

Number one is to find some friends to say "you're doing well"
After all this time you boys look just the same
Number two is the happy hour at one of two hotels
Settle in to play "do you remember so and so?
Number three is never say her name

Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
And there's nothing else could set fire to this town
There's no change, there's no pace Everything within its place
Just makes it harder to believe that she won't be around

But oh who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway
Takes more than just a memory to make me cry
And I'm happy just to sit here a table with old friends
And see which one of us can tell the biggest lies

And there's a girl falling in love near where the pianola stands
With a young local factory auto worker just holding hands
And I'm wondering if he'll go or if he'll stay

Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field
In our day

Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
And there's nothing else could set fire to this town
There's no change, there's no pace
Everything within its place
Just makes it harder to believe that she won't be around

Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
And there's nothing else could set fire to this town
There's no change, there's no pace
Everything within its place
Just makes it harder to believe that she won't be around

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Steve Prestwich, Don Walker

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

megamarkd

This song means so much to so many.

For me, the last year and a half, I drive north when I can and visit friends and family of a girl I once wanted to marry. We catch up with where we are at in life, talk about shared interests and tell stories about the girl that made us friends. The reason for that is the following.

The girl and I didn't speak for way too many years then a mutual friend asked if it was okay to passed my telephone number onto her as she had asked for it. Of course it was. I was overjoyed by the prospect of speaking again. Two days later I received a call saying she was on life support with a traumatic brain injury. Covid restrictions stopped me from entering Queensland to be by her side as she had been for me when I was in a similar state 20yrs earlier. Two weeks later I had to say goodbye to her on the telephone. I take solace in knowing that our differences were no longer anything, our love of each other all those years ago was not wasted and never
forgotten.

......

Number one is to find some friends to say "You're doing well
After all this time you boys look just the same"
Number two is the happy hour at one of two hotels
Settle in to play "Do you remember so and so?"
Number three is never say her name

......


Often this song comes on the radio while I am driving and I can't help but want to pull over, but those flame trees....

Rest In Peace, My Friend



All comments from YouTube:

Patricia Richardson

This song holds a special place in my life. Video filmed in my hometown Oberon. My beautiful Dad was laid to rest last month and was escorted down the main street of Oberon. His last main street run. There's no change there's no pace, everything within it's place just makes it harder to believe that he wont be around. Rip Dad.

john papa

Everyone will know how beautiful the town is just like your family is...

Mark

Go the Tigers!

Bad Skootah

my favourite CC song... so very evocative and open to many interpretations. All great songs are like that.

human

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Buggulugs

Great song. Represents an era that's starting to slide into memory. Old Australia is slipping away...

Andrew Rogers

@Robert Martin Chinese have been coming here since the Gold Rush though. I’m not saying you’re wrong, and I’m not calling you a racist, I just find it really odd when people talk about immigration as though it’s new.

Andrew Rogers

I’m not sure what the country towns are like now adays. I moved back to Melbourne a few years ago. What I miss is the local - you could walk into a pub and you knew everyone , and blokes sitting around the bar.

Buggulugs

@propositionjohnston What white? Where does it say anything about being white? How do know I'm white?

I was referring to an era when Australia was under the rule of law and was not divided against itself like it is now. A time when society wasn't being dismantled by fascist, woke, glad-hearted bullshitters and the professionally outraged.

You got that, sport?

propositionjohnston

What do you mean? Not everyone’s white anymore?

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