"Australia" as written by and Robert Nassif Brad Richard Campbell....
In the early 80's when I washed up on the shore
I could breathe a little more than I would realize
You can call me crazy, you can call me what you will
You could take the bitter pill, if it helps you sleep at night

It's a long long way my crooked friend
Such a long long way back
Home
So close, yet we've come so far
So close, still we've got so far

I can safely say we feel as safe as we like
Lest we forget those who die, I never will
Such a perfect Island, tucked away in the sea
The real land of the free, do you here me

It's a long way home my crooked friend
But I do appreciate the time we spent
Its a long long way back home
Such a long long way back
Home

So close, yet we've come so far
So close, still we've got so far
So close, yet we've come so far
So close, still we've got so far
So close, yet we've come so far
So close, still we've got so far

A long way home


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"Australia" as written by Daniel James Sanders Brad Richard Campbell

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    General CommentGyroscope front man Daniel Sanders explains the essence of the track,


    "I remember musically penning the song just after I'd been up to Derby in the Kimberly region of WA. I'd been up there with my wife Jess visiting her sister who's a remote nurse. I've always had a connection with the indigenous community and having never been up into this region before, the beauty of the land revealed itself to me and I realised the powerful interaction between the land and the community. I guess that was the trigger that made me actually put something down, seeing and spending time with that part of our country inspired me. Lyrical inspiration then came from the heart and felt relatively easy and just felt right to me. I'm writing about coming to Australia from the mother country, I came over with my English mum and Australian dad when I was two. My entire upbringing has been here and now I'm old enough to realise, I cherish that. I wanted to celebrate Australia as a country on its merits. I am just a visitor who washed up on the shore and can only tell a story from what I see and have learnt."
    ziggy_who?on June 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentgreat song, about the connection between the indigenous people of australia!
    LauraBensonon September 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell when I listen to this song - being from Australia I can tell you the following:

    The first verse is about how he arrived in the 80's

    The second makes reference to the fact that most of the early settlers were convicts... 'crooked friend' and how far it was... not just in distance but also in terms of lifestyle for the then pioneers.

    The third verse is about how safe we feel here as we have never been invaded, but by the same measure we have fought overseas and sacrificed our men and women abroad... making reference to the ANZAC spirit that we all have installed in us here in Oz; that we are an island; a secret amongst the world and that we are somewhat like america.... but without the guns and crime that they have...the real land of the free.

    Having said that - these are my hearfelt connections to this song... and it's probably the fourth time I've heard it.
    Rustbucketon June 05, 2012   Link

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