"Kosciuszko" as written by Martin Rotsey, Peter Gifford, Robert Hirst, James Moginie and Peter Garrett....
Older than Kosciuszko
Darwin down to Alice Springs
Dealers in the clearinghouse
The settlements explode
High up in the homelands
Miners drive across the land
Encounter no resistance
When the people block the road

Older than Kosciuszko
Dry white seasons years ago
Darkness over Charleville
The fires begin to grow

No end to the hostility
Now they want to be somewhere else
No stranger to brutality
Now they'd like to be someone else

Older than Kosciuszko
Driven back to Alice Springs
Endless storm and struggle
Marks the spirit of the age
High up in the homelands
Celebration 'cross the land
Builds up like a cyclone
Now the fires begin to rage

Call off the ultimatum
No don't turn away
Call off the ultimatum until yesterday
Call off the ultimatum
No don't turn away
Bind up the brokenhearted
No don't turn away
Call off the ultimatum until yesterday


Lyrics submitted by Chris_Gough

"Kosciuszko" as written by Martin Rotsey James Moginie

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    General Commentlike most of midnight oil's songs, i'm guessing it has something to do with the plight of the aboriginies of austrailia. arguably their best song. they play it great live.
    monster36604on April 20, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningAs much as I love Polish heroes, this song is about Aboriginal plight in Australia, how their heritage is older and stronger than our highest peak and that should be respected, they shouldn't be abused or driven off their land by miners (for Chinese mining companies now own a lot of the Northern Territory) or anyone else.
    kateemma22on December 15, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis is 1 of my favourite Midnight oil song. i just love the tune to it and so should all of you!
    everybodylovesbasson January 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLove this!
    mirandajuneon August 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's about an uprising. Kosciusko was a Polish rebel hero. There's a mountain in Australia named after him.
    Wonder Nedon August 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYes, Kosciusko is the highest peak in Australia, obviously formed ages ago (first line).
    Not sure what uprising it refers to. Eureka stockade? land rights demo's?
    chrisb1on February 06, 2010   Link

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