"Foreign Land" as written by and Stuart Leslie Macleod Finlay Temperley Beaton....
Steady my shaky hands
Shut off the world's demands
Just get the facts down
Do you understand?

This is a foreign land
So try to understand me
Do you understand?
So you understand?

If this is what it feels to love
Then l can feel that
If this is what it feels to love
Then l can feel that
If this is what it feels to love
Then l can feel that
If this is what it feels to love
Then l can feel that

Even when you're all alone
Even when it's not your home

Take a little look around
Melting as it hits the ground
I touch my hand
Up to the air

Dying in the foreign land
So do you understand me
Do you understand?
Do you understand?

If this is what it feels to love
Then l can feel that
If this is what it feels to love
Then l can feel that
If this is what it feels to love
Then l can feel that
If this is what it feels to love
Then l can feel that

Even when you're all alone
Even when it's not your home
I smell the blood of an Australian
Try to understand me if you can
If you can
If you can

If this is what it feels to love
Then l can feel that
If this is what it feels to love
Then l can feel that

Even when you're all alone
Even when it's not your home
I smell the blood of an Australian



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"Foreign Land" as written by Stephen R Parkin Stuart Leslie Macleod

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  • +3
    Song MeaningJust reading these lyrics has me all choked up. There is such a powerful and beautiful message behind this song - to care and mourn for someone you may not even know personally, for a reason as simple as that you are both sons or daughters of the same country. ("If this is what it feels to love, then I can feel that.")
    peacegrrlon December 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthough i can't see too much of this in the verses;

    "It had just started snowing. It was a magical moment. That night we had to do this Australian gig, and when we got to it we found out that Heath Ledger had died. He'd died two blocks from where I was walking. He was from Perth and we were in New York, this big foreign city, and I felt this immense loneliness of this kid from my hometown dying by himself there."
    minutemanon April 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is for Heath Ledger. Makes sense if you look at the lyrics:
    "Dying in a foreign land" and "I smell the blood of an Australian"

    The acoustic version of this song goes off :D
    blaizon June 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentonly two comments? this song is great :)
    about the death of heath ledger, when the band was staying in new york, close to where he died
    MCRfanaticon June 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI have a feeling that this song is about gallipoli.
    The turkish feel to the intro and throughout the song the pipe or whatever it is is turkish. Then it talks about dying in a foreign land and the blood of an australian
    delfuegoon September 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfinally got around to correcting the lyrics per the lyrics on the website and album booklet. :)
    minutemanon July 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was about aussies dying in Afghanistan but i like the ledger interpretation
    pmo1983on January 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentApparently this is about Heath Ledger as they were in the same city he was in (New York I believe) when they heard that he had died.
    macman2511on March 20, 2011   Link

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