"My Country" as written by Martin Rotsey, Robert Hirst, James Moginie, Peter Garrett and Wayne Stevens....
Was it just a dream, were you so confused
Was it just a giant leap of logic
Was it the time of year, that makes a state of fear
Methods were the motives for the action

And did I hear you say
My country right or wrong

Did you save your face
Did you breach your faith
Women, there were children at the shelter
Now who can stop the hail
When human senses fail
There was never any warning, no escape

Did I hear you say
My country right or wrong
My country oh so strong
My country going wrong
My country right or wrong

I hear you say the truth must take a beating
The flag a camouflage for your deceiving
I know, yes I know
It's written on your soul
I know, we all make mistakes

This is not a case of blurred vision
It's a case of black holes, pocket holes, soul holes

And did I hear you say...

(Hirst)


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"My Country" as written by Martin Rotsey James Moginie

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    General CommentThis song was released about the time that Pauline Hanson was elected to parliament. Her political views were right-wing and anti-Asian immigration and anti-Aboriginal welfare, wrapped up in the banner of patriotism.
    Although not necessarily about Hanson the sentiments are there. The Oil's later song "Redneck Wonderland" however has Hanson clearly in its sights.
    chrisb1on February 06, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favourite midnight oil song. I think the lyrics are about using patriosm as a tool to blind the public to all the political skulduggery that goes on. Very poignant at the moment - like Dylan, the Oils' songs will always be relevant, which, sadly doesn't say much for the progress of society.
    willia05on February 12, 2005   Link
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    Song MeaningI think this refers to the bombing of the al-Amriyah shelter in Baghdad during the gulf war (by American planes).

    dawn.com/2011/02/16/…

    And did I hear you say
    My country right or wrong

    Did you save your face
    Did you breach your faith
    Women, there were children at the shelter
    Now who can stop the hail
    When human senses fail
    There was never any warning, no escap
    MarionDelgadoon March 05, 2011   Link

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