"Cold Cold Change" as written by Martin Rotsey, Robert Hirst, James Moginie, Peter Garrett and Andrew James....
Cold cold change, we were so excited
But you came and went so soon
Cold cold change, we were not invited
We smiled all the while we were taken in

Cold cold change, bringing in the winter
Freezing up the water, closing up the mind
One more danger, gonna have to deal with
One last moment fading all the time

But no lasting change, well we were turned around
We jumped in the air to see over the wall
No master plan, it's a bad design
Significant time in spite of us all

Cold cold change, we were so excited
Waiting on the outside, waiting to begin
Left us all angry and bewildered
Laughing at the way we were taken in

You better lock the door, turn it off (the light)
We'll leave the nights alone, better keep me hoping
That the change is over, the ice is gone
And when the weather's warmer you can hear me shouting yeah


Lyrics submitted by Chris_Gough

"Cold Cold Change" as written by James Moginie Andrew James

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  • +1
    General CommentThis energetic and fantastic sounding song was before their "social conscience music" when they were "just" a pub rock band.
    Does it have any extra meaning beyond the literal?
    chrisb1on February 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was about the 'promise' of capitalism as a carrot on a stick, or the change in the national barometer after the Whitlam sacking in 1975, and the swing to the right with Malcolm Fraser. Damn good song, whatever they had in mind.
    HotSacon April 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's all about climate change
    midnight_laboron December 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, no obvious profound meaning beyond the literal - ask your local member to raise the question in Parliament !!
    chrisb1on February 06, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song was written in the late 70s, so it was probably written before the climate change debate even began.
    I think that it just about the start of the winter.
    The water gets very cold in Australia in winter and they are just saying its best stay inside until summer when the weathers warmer.
    If there is a more profound meaning to this song it is lost on me!
    oilsfanon February 16, 2008   Link

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