Flame Trees
Cold Chisel Lyrics


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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

Overall Meaning

"Flame Trees" by Cold Chisel is a reflective song about the passing of time and memories of a small town. The lyrics describe the singer's nostalgia as he observes young people driving around the town on a Saturday afternoon. The singer reflects on the shared history between him and the town, and the long forgotten feeling of a past love. He contemplates booking a room to stay the night, hoping to relive the memories of his youth.


The chorus of the song refers to the flame trees, which are native Australian trees that bloom with bright red flowers. The singer notes that these trees can blind a weary driver and set fire to the town. The metaphorical meaning of the trees relates to the intensity of the emotions and memories that the singer is experiencing.


Line by Line Meaning

Kids out driving saturday afternoon just pass me by
I see young people driving by on a Saturday afternoon, and it reminds me of the past when I used to do the same.


And I'm just savoring familiar sights
I take comfort in seeing familiar things in this town.


We share some history, this town and I
I have a long history with this town, and I feel connected to it.


And I can't stop that long forgotten feeling of her
Memories of a past love are evoked, and it's difficult to forget her.


Try to book a room and stay tonight
I want to stay here and immerse myself in these memories.


Number one is to find some friends to say 'you're doing well'
I want to catch up with old friends and see that they are doing okay.


After all this time you boys look just the same
My friends haven't changed much over the years, and that's comforting.


Number two is the happy hour at one of two hotels
We will go to one of two hotels to enjoy discounted drinks.


Settle in to play 'do you remember so and so?'
We reminisce about old times and people we used to know.


Number three is never say her name
We avoid mentioning the name of the past love who I can't forget.


Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
The trees with their bright leaves can be disorienting while driving.


And there's nothing else could set fire to this town
The trees are the most beautiful and captivating thing about this town.


There's no change, there's no pace
The town is stagnant, nothing ever changes or happens.


Everything within its place
The town has a predictable and orderly arrangement.


Just makes it harder to believe that she won't be around
The sameness of the town makes it difficult to accept that the past love won't be here anymore.


But oh who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway
I don't want to dwell on past emotions and memories.


Takes more than just a memory to make me cry
Memories alone don't have the power to make me emotional or upset.


And I'm happy just to sit here a table with old friends
It's enough for me to be here with my longtime friends.


And see which one of us can tell the biggest lies
We joke around and tell exaggerated stories to entertain each other.


And there's a girl falling in love near where the pianola stands
I see a young couple falling in love near the piano player.


With a young local factory auto worker just holding hands
The boy is a factory worker who seems to have captured the girl's heart.


And I'm wondering if he'll go or if he'll stay
I wonder if the boy will stick around or move on, like I did in the past.


Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field
We played sports together in our younger days, and nothing could prevent us from winning.


Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
The trees can still be overwhelming and disorienting.


And there's nothing else could set fire to this town
The trees are still the most beautiful and captivating thing about this town.


There's no change, there's no pace
The town is still the same, nothing ever changes or happens.


Everything within its place
The town is still predictable and orderly arranged.


Just makes it harder to believe that she won't be around
The sameness of the town still makes it difficult to accept that the past love won't be here anymore.




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.

LyovMyshkin

It's special to me too and made all the more special by your story. May your father RIP.

Tallyho G

oberon is a beautiful place, know the feeling with my nan and the nsw town of Coolah

frank a

Nice Patricia May your dad rest in peace Love from Frank

MrBombastic

Rip mate

Someone Somewhere

Cheers Patricia.

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Drop Bear

This song was one of the Chisels best, you can return to your roots, home, old mates but it's never be the same second time around.

Tedd

Where I’m from was the same after 5 years and I couldn’t of been happier to be here.

Ozzy's Radio Half Hour

Too true mate. Everything changes but there's some things that never change

Iona Ramsay

OMG … I wish it wasn’t true; but for me that was the case.

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