"Toorali" as written by and Jane Geraldine Tyrrell Byron Williams....
So, it was to be a colony for cunts.

Singing toorali-oorali-addity
Singing toorali-oorali-ay
Singing toorali-oorali-addity
And we're bound for Botany Bay.

Oh, what a tale I tell
They thought that they had me for raising Hell
I never raised no Hell
Nor did I rebel
They told me they knew me well
I said "you've made a mistake, you've got the wrong man",
and screamed as they cuffed my hands,
but they pushed me, hooded me into the back of a plane
deprived of my senses and locked in chains.

They asked me again and again
until I could barely remember my name
what part I played
but its hard to play
To seem less dangerous, I admit,
I named some total strangers.
I'm ashamed to say it, but I think I'll say what they want me to say.

And I know there's a freedom that's still in me,
but they've taken all I have away.
And the torture they do,
well it's killing me,
And we're doomed but there'll be no escape.

Oh, somewhere my name was put on a list,
that's left me feeling the weight of your fists.
Apparently I'm the risk,
Worst of the worst.
Where is the lawyer in this,
let alone trial.
Just give me some sleep.
Night the same ones
weep and dream of home across the seas
away from wherever this may be.

And I know there's a freedom that's still in me,
but they've taken all I have away.
And the torture they do,
well it's killing me,
And we're doomed but there'll be no escape.

Singing toorali-oorali-addity
Singing toorali-oorali-ay
Singing toorali-oorali-addity
And we're bound for Botany Bay.

Swept up in your net,
I didn't forget
I never knew
I wasn't there,
Months turned to years,
and I turned to despair.

Man, I'm sorry I blinked.
It could've been me that put you in the drink.
I did'nt have time to think what they're doing,
divide and ruin
Maybe I spoke too soon,
a lapse in judgement,
but what they're doing to me is beyond repugnant.
At least i know I could never do that,
so let's not talk of judgement.

And I know there's a freedom that's still in me,
but they've taken all I have away.
And the torture they do,
well it's killing me,
And we're doomed but there'll be no escape.

Singing toorali-oorali-addity
Singing toorali-oorali-ay
Singing toorali-oorali-addity
And we're bound for Botany Bay.


Singing toorali-oorali-addity
Singing toorali-oorali-ay
Singing toorali-oorali-addity
Conditions in Botany Bay.


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    General CommentI transcribed these myself, and I'm not sure about some of the lyrics.
    BanachTarskion June 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'd say this is about Guantanemo Bay and the deprivation of liberty and loss of civil rights and freedoms that resulted from the response to 9/11 and other such events.
    Specifically, being that The Herd are Australian, this might be for David Hicks, who was one of the many innocent people taken to G'Bay in what was and sadly still is a shining example of how pretty much all Governments are as bad as each other.

    I mean it could be literally about the old days when England sent convicts to Australia but I think its more relevant to today.
    speckson November 17, 2011   Link

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