"Australia" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
I could do the dishes while talking on the phone
I could ask you for an answer but you want to be alone
I can never do the dishes a single dish at a time
It's too much of a commitment so I close my eyes and fire

I could calamine your insides
I could wind them all around me I could
Tiptoe on a tightrope made of fear and looking down see
All the people do they see me I can wave or
I can carry all the silverware I'm holding that is
Keeping me steady

Or I could go to Australia
And carry a bowie knife
And wear my hair like Hepburn parted on the side
And learn card tricks and buy
Everyone drinks and take boxing and write
Songs about my bowie knife

I could do these dishes I could try
To do these dishes
Time to decide

I could make a cake
My kitchen is small but I could clear the space
I could write my name
'Cause practice makes perfect yes that's what they say
I could rearrange my room and draw a bath and wash my wolf suit

I could make a button out of plaster
That said finished I could nail it in my closet
To the right side of the light switch
I could walk down to a restaurant and try drinking to forget it
But then come home less afraid and then press it and press it

Or I could go to Australia
Carry a bowie knife
And wear my hair like Hepburn parted on the side
And learn card tricks and buy
Everyone drinks and take boxing and try
Eating things only with chopsticks and write
Songs about my bowie knife

I could do these dishes I could try
To do these dishes
I could try to do these dishes
Time to decide

Or I could go to Australia
And carry a bowie knife
And wear my hair like Hepburn parted on the side
And learn card tricks and physics and buy
Everyone drinks and take boxing and try
Eating things only with chopsticks and finally
Be like a person I think you'd like

I could do these dishes I could try
To do these dishes I could try to do these dishes
Time to decide to do these dishes
Time to DECIDE'.
Fuck it
I'm gonna go to Australia
I'm gonna go to Australia
I'm gonna go to Australia
Bye-bye


Lyrics submitted by bethofalltrades

"Australia" as written by Amanda Palmer

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    Song MeaningWhen I saw Amanda live last year, she played this song.
    She said (from memory):

    "I just broke up with my boyfriend of a few years and I was talking to my friend in Scotland. He said, yeah, it hurts that you break up with him, but y'know. I CAN DO ALL THIS STUFF NOW THAT I'M NOT IN A RELATIONSHIP!"

    Amanda wrote this as a song of "should I/shouldn't I?" and its a song about hope nonetheless.

    Hope it helped :)
    eelyloveon February 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI get the feeling it's about stepping out of your comfort zone for someone.
    yestokyoroseon February 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I could make a button out of plaster that said "finished." I could nail it in my closet to the left side of the lightswitch. I could go out to a restaurant and try drinking to forget it, and then come home less afraid and then press it and press it. . ."

    I think these lyrics are particularly significant. The button is a metaphor for something that the narrator is afraid to do. That something would be an ending, but also the beginning of something else which could possibly be much better for the narrator.
    muskyisdeadon April 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOr, because this verse comes just before the chorus, pressing the "finished" button could be the equivilent of giving up on life, or committing suicide. The alternative, which requires an equal or greater amount of courage, would be going to Australia.
    muskyisdeadon April 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThese are the corrected lyrics for the track on Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under. I listened to the song on the album and the lyrics are quite different than what is posted.

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    I can do the dishes while talking on the phone
    I could ask you for an answer but you want to be alone
    I can never do the dishes a single dish at a time
    It's too much of a commitment so I line them up and fire

    I could calamine your insides
    I could wind them all around me I could
    Tiptoe on a tightrope made of fear and looking down see
    All the people do they see me I can wave or
    I could carry all the dishes that they gave me that are keeping me steady

    Or I could go to Australia
    And carry a bowie knife
    and wear my hair like Hepburn parted on the side
    And learn card tricks and buy
    Everyone drinks and take boxing and write
    Songs about my bowie knife

    I could do these dishes
    I could try to do these dishes
    I could try

    I could bake a cake
    My kitchen is small but I could clear the space
    I could write my name
    Because practice makes perfect yes that's what they say

    I could make a button out of plaster
    That said 'finished'
    I could hang it in my closet
    To the left side of the lightswitch
    I could walk down to Columbus and try drinking to forget it
    And then come home less afraid and then press it and press it

    Or I could go to Australia
    Carry a bowie knife
    And wear my hair like Hepburn parted on the side
    And learn card tricks and buy
    Everyone drinks and take boxing and try
    Eating things only with chopsticks and write
    Songs about my bowie knife

    I could do these dishes
    I could try to do these dishes
    I could decide to do these dishes
    I could decide

    Or I could go to Australia
    Carry a bowie knife
    And wear my hair like Hepburn parted on the side
    And learn card tricks and physics and buy
    Everyone drinks and take boxing and try
    Eating things only with chopsticks and finally
    Be like a person I think you might like

    I could do these dishes
    I could try to do these dishes
    I could decide to do these dishes
    I could decide to do these dishes
    Time to decide

    Fuck it!
    I'm gonna go to Australia
    I'm gonna go to Australia
    I'm gonna go to Australia
    She's gonna go to Australia
    Bye-bye
    kumasmashon March 04, 2011   Link

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