"Streets Of Your Town" as written by Robert Derwent Garth Forster and Grant William Mclennan....
Round and round up and down
Through the streets of your town
Everyday I make my way
Through the streets of your town

Don't the sun look good today?
But the rain on its way
Watch the butcher shine his knives
And this town is full of battered wives.

Round and round up and down
Through the streets of your town
Everyday I make my way
Through the streets of your town

I ride your river under the bridge
I take your boat out to the reach
'Cause I love that engine roar
But I still don't know what I'm here for

Round and round up and down
Through the streets of your town
Everyday I make my way
Through the streets of your town

They shut it down
They closed it down
They shut it down
They pulled it down

Round and round up and down
Through the streets of your town
Everyday I make my way
Through the streets of your town


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"Streets of Your Town" as written by Grant William Mclennan Robert Derwent Garth Forster

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  • +1
    General CommentExcellent song. Simply flawless.
    Aneurysm1985on May 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGrant acknowledged in interviews at the time that the song was about his love/hate relationship with Brisbane. The 'striped sunlight sound' of the music is in stark contrast to the darkness of the lyrics, i.e, everything looks beautiful, but scratch away at the surface and....
    deanspeedwellon November 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, not bad at all. A very underated band
    podson October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe quintessential 80s Brisbane song. Everytime I hear this it I am flooded with memories of growing up in Brisbane in the 80s. Very few songs stir so many emotions within me.
    ArtFarkison September 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have to disagree with everyone so far. I view it as a negative song. The streets of your town refer to where his lover lives. 'The rain is on it's way' is a euphamism as rain symbolises gloominess. 'Watch the butcher shine his knives and this town is full of battered wives' refers to the roughness and violence of the area. 'They shut it down, they closed it down' I view as a reference to the fact the area had nothing going for it so whatever was still operating there the people in power terminated. He goes everyday to the streets of your town to see his lover but everytime he does he is touched as it is so different to the normal lifestyle he is used to. If it was a reference to Brisbane then it would be the streets of my town not your town and it wouldn't be unusual for him to walk through it every day if it was in reference to where he lived.
    beaukoon January 13, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAs much as I try to like their songs out of loyalty to Brisbane (theirs & my home town), this is the only one of their songs I have ever really liked.

    It is about Brisbane & always makes me think of Brisbane in the 80s - a fun place for me because it was the "big smoke" where I went on holidays & also reminds me of the the female Lord Mayor back then who always seemed very glamourous to me . I think it was the theme song to a daily/weekly show about Brisbane on TV too. the stuff about being full of battered wives was a bit rough, but then its always been cool for The Go-Betweens and other Bris-bands of that era to shit on Brissy. I happen to love the place tho.
    tsarzanon February 10, 2006   Link

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