"Who Can Stand In The Way" as written by Martin Rotsey, Peter Gifford, Robert Hirst, James Moginie and Peter Garrett....
Well oh well I feel I'm in decay
John Laws is on the air again
It's heavy traffic, jacarandas, eye in the sky and foot on ground
I see a million sand speck'd ants in mortal combat hand to hand

And I feel that I
Yes I feel that I
Seem to live this life long distance
Gaze at the things surround me
People rolling in and out
Those circles and tides confound me

And there's just one thing
Yes there's just one thing

Who can stand in the way
When there's a dollar to be made?

I was hanging round off Dobroyd Point
When the first fleet chain sailed in
Looked into the clearest blue
The scurvy smell, the convicts cry

And we just carried on,
Yes we just carried on

Now choppers strafe the supermarket sky
And people wonder why
Chopping down tons of trees
Got seas of print not a soul can read say

Why do I drown you build brick boxes
One by one now they block my sun
But it's metal on metal
It's the dance of TV

If Christ were here he'd camera check
He'd cry so loud the planes would stop
He'd cry so loud the earth would shake
And men would fall in tinsel town

There's just one thing
Yes there's just one thing...

Who can stand in the way
When there's a dollar to be made?

Precious moments, precious few
When that dollar's more than me and you
It's the joy of forgetting,
Such a joy to forget

But we killed all our firstborn
And we slashed and we burned
And we sold off the paddocks
And we raped and we gouged
On the wings of a six-pack
Will we ever learn?


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"Who Can Stand in the Way" as written by Martin Rotsey James Moginie

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    My OpinionThere's a spoken bit that goes at the end of this song:

    When the spinifex hit Sydney, it was the last thing we expected
    When the desert reached the glades, but we tried to tame it
    And when the emus grazed at Pyrmont, it suddenly dawned on us all
    Hah, finally the world was silent and the door was shut.

    Does anyone have any idea what this song is about? I mean I get, in a general sense that it's about uncontrolled development and greed, but some of this is localized to Australia that I can't make sense of the specifics.

    - The line about the firstborn - are they talking about the aborigines?
    - What reference are they making in 'sold off the paddocks'?

    I think I get the 'emus' line. Pyrmont in the New South Wales during the 80's was an economically depressed area with only around 900 people living there at the time. As in Detroit, or the area around Chernobyl, Nature had started to reclaim the land.

    Is the point here that Man cannot tame the untamable, or if He does, he can only do it for a very short time? Are they pointing out our quest to control Nature is pointless?

    And yet... Even if that's true, what's the alternative?

    Hirst and Garrett seem to have a very low opinion of humanity, in general. And while it's great to point out the flaws, I don't see a whole lot of hope here. Being critical is easy, fixing the problem... That's harder.
    ctlizyrdon February 07, 2017   Link

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