"Flame Trees" as written by Don Walker and Steve Prestwich....
Kids out driving Saturday afternoon pass me by
I'm just savoring familiar sights
We share some history, this town and I
And I can't stop that long forgotten feeling of her
Try to book a room to stay tonight

Number one is to find some friends to say "You're doing well
After all this time you boys look just the same
Number two is the happy hour at one of two hotels
Settle in to play "Do you remember so and so?
Number three is never say her name

Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
And there's nothing else could set fire to this town
There's no change, there's no pace
Everything within its place
Just makes it harder to believe that she won't be around

But Ah! Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway
Takes more than just a memory to make me cry
I'm happy just to sit here round a table with old friends
And see which one of us can tell the biggest lies

There's a girl falling in love near where the pianola stands
With her young local factory auto worker, holding hands
And I'm wondering if he'll go or if he'll stay

Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field
In our day

Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
And there's nothing else could set fire to this town
There's no change, there's no pace
Everything within its place
Just makes it harder to believe that she won't be around

Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
And there's nothing else could set fire to this town
There's no change, there's no pace
Everything within its place
Just makes it harder to believe that she won't be around


Lyrics submitted by Regos the Sane, edited by fantomai, ozpac76

"Flame Trees" as written by Don Walker Steve Prestwich

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  • +2
    Song MeaningFlame Tree's are not Jacarandas as many has stated.. but Illawarra Flame Trees which grow on the east coast of Australia and often line roads, they turn vivid red late spring when flowering... the Wikipedia page on Flame trees states that this song is about the Illawarra Flame Tree.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Jonuson October 27, 2010   Link
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    General Commentchisel fan - you're close to being right, and that may be a literal translation, but I've read (on the liner notes of a Chisel CD) that it was a story about Don Walker going back to Grafton (on the NSW North Coast) to look for an old flame.

    The Flame Trees also refers to Jacarandas, which have a magnificent purple flower emerge in October. The entire city of Grafton holds the "Jacaranda Festival" around that time, and Grafton is one of the only places in Australia which the Jacarandas are so profuse.

    It's really a story of love, regrets about "the one who got away", and realising that you can never go back to the way things used to be.
    Tarrant7575on March 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFantastic song
    Baseball_cocconuton December 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsn't it great?
    I think it's about reminiscing with your mates - over the girl that got away, over the old antics, and watching all the young people embarking on their lives, all the while remembering the old days.
    Such a richly evocative song.
    Arianrhodon January 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's a beautiful song... I personally think it might be about someone who goes back to their old hometown after hearing of the death of a girl they used to be friends with... altho im not sure at all!
    either way its absoloutely beautiful. great version used in new aussie movie 'little fish'.
    angel_ljon October 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song. I agree with angel about the death of a girl. There is also a really good cover of this song by sarah blasko
    tim_54321on December 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh yeah, what do the flame tress mean?
    tim_54321on December 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat track and always creates a feeling of melancholy in me whenever I hear it. I reckon it's partyly saying that you can go back to the haunts of your youth but don't expect a guarantee that all will be the same. Puts me off doing just that!
    hongkongmickon December 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat track and always creates a feeling of melancholy in me whenever I hear it. I reckon it's partyly saying that you can go back to the haunts of your youth but don't expect a guarantee that all will be the same. Puts me off doing just that!
    hongkongmickon December 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFlame Trees are these trees that are so beautiful and so amazing to the senses that birds cannot resist flying into them, however they are covered in horrible thorns, so as the bird flys into the tree (which he cannot resist) he dies. So basically the man in the song is dying to go back to his hometown, its irrasistable, unavoidable but if he returns hw knows it will kill him emotionally. -From Tess, 14years
    chisel_fanon December 29, 2005   Link

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