"A Hundred Challenging Things a Boy Can Do" as written by Robert Conley and Darren Hayes....
It was a coal town.
He spent his whole life in a hole in the ground
Smashing pieces of earth.
He never really saw the sky.
It was a hard life.
But little black rocks make televisions work
And put food on the table.
Until the unions cast him aside.
Now there's a hundred challenging things a boy can do.
And you've waved goodbye and held more tears in than anyone ever should.
And all my sorrows pale to insignificance.
That's why I love you.

She was in a strange land.
She taught herself to read from doing crosswords and hiding her accent.
She cast her dreams aside.
She had a spark in her eye.
She never saw her son on his wedding day or our cherry blossoms falling down
From the sky.
Now there's a hundred challenging things a boy can do.
And you've waved goodbye and held more tears in than anyone ever should.
And all my sorrow pales to insignificance.
That's why I love you.

No coal mines.
No not a trace.
Now shopping malls take their place.
No picket lines.

The sacrifice.
Dreams overrun.
Hopes for a future for her son in Ollerton.
And there's a hundred challenging things a boy can do.
And you've waved goodbye and held more tears in than anyone ever should.
All my sorrows pale in to insignificance.
That's why she loves you.

A hundred challenging things a boy can do.
Wave goodbye.
Wave goodbye.
A hundred challenging.
Say goodbye to you.


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    General Commentto me its about Richard and his life story and what he went through regardin his parents and the line thats why she loves you i think means that Richards mother would have been proud of the way her son is happy and landed on his feet coming from what seemed like a poor background...and not to see her son on his proudest day his wedding day must have been a hard time for Rich and Darren.
    Owen23599on January 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was interesting to post what Darren said in is blog about this song: "...It was so weird too because I was just about to sing '100 Challenging
    Things', which is really one of the saddest and most personal songs I've ever written. I was telling the tale about how it's a song for a Mother and a Father who died too young and left their son here to remind me that my own problems pale into insignificance. I explained how the Father was a coal miner who
    hated the dark and the Mother was a stranger in a foreign country and that they worked all their lives to escape to the sun. And the sad irony is the minute they made it, and only in the 50's – she passed away suddenly and he died of the C word but I suspect more from a broken heart.
    Anyway the point of the song is that, upon meeting their son who survived – and seeing the sparkle and the joy in his eyes and witnessing his positive outlook on life I felt ashamed to have gone on so much about my own woes in life. That at least I had the luxury of parents alive whom I could blame for what was wrong with me. And that's when I fell in love..."
    Gabigson May 04, 2008   Link

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