"God Drinks At The Sando" as written by and Timothy/lowe Freedman....
He'll come in and sit by me
In the grainy light of four o'clock
He'll sit on his hands a lot
He's kind of nervous
I don't think he's got much money
But he has the time of day

'Cause God drinks down at the Sandringham these days
Since the Shakespeare changed its name
He drinks down at the Sandringham these days
He's what we call alright, he's alright around here

Talks a bit, he likes to sit
Watches people come in and smiles
Somehow we're a part of him
We nod and chat a while
He drinks slowly like it's holy
From a glass that always looks half full


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    General CommentThis song is about Gary Ablett (Spelling? AFL player.) He used to drink at the Sando (apparantly.)
    shadydudeon September 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentREALLY? I don't know about that...
    I think it's just a cute way of saying, the pub at the end of the street has changed, so we move to another one more suited to slow drinking in the afternoon light. For those out of the loop, the song is set in Newtown, Sydney, and the band got their start playing a residency at the Sando. The Shakespeare is now called the Coopers Arms. Both are on King St.
    viola has wingson March 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's not about Ablett. It's about his friend & former bandmate Andy Lewis, it's kind of a companion song to "Blow Up The Pokies", which comes up next on the "Love This City" album. It's about seeing Andy drinking at the Sando before the poker machines came in, while the stage they played on when they were starting was still a stage, before the room was converted to a pokie room.
    Skelet0ron April 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so bittersweet, and so full of compassion.

    I always thought it was about a hobo-ish, slightly senile (or crazy - thinks he's God) old alcoholic that seem to often inhabit old pubs, spending his pension money on booze, but happily, contentedly, because though he may be a bit off from all the booze he is wise enough to know the importance of kindness, sweetness, and to cherish time, to ponder.

    "He drinks slowly, like its holy, from a glass that always looks half full." <3
    rachellaon March 23, 2015   Link

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