"Land Down Under" as written by and Colin James Hay Ronald Graham Strykert....
Traveling in a fried-out combie
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
She took me in and gave me breakfast
And she said,

"Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
And he said,

"I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."

Lying in a den in Bombay
With a slack jaw, and not much to say
I said to the man, "Are you trying to tempt me
Because I come from the land of plenty?"
And he said,

"Oh! Do you come from a land down under? (oh yeah yeah)
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."


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    Song MeaningThe clip and the lyrics 'On a hippie trail held full of zombie' give the meaning of this song away in a second.

    In the video they are seen in a VW Combi van (the fried out Combi from the song) on a journey, which happens to be the famous 'hippie trail' of the 60's and 70's, which ran through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and into India. As you can see in the song, the second verse has them beginning in a cafe in Brussels (Belgium) and finishing in an Opium den in Bombay (India). This was a trip undertaken by many a hippies at the time and really was the start of youth backpacking/travelling culture as we know it today.

    Clearly the song takes them through the journey on the hippie trail, doing lots of drugs and meeting many Australians along the way. In addition to this it is also presenting some of the stereotypical views/opinion on Australians in general.
    Dablon June 22, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretationhonestly i just think he is on a drug trip.
    kwakadileon September 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe song refers mainly to the journey loads of wasters made from western Europe to India because they were just that - wasters. It's a light hearted look at what could happen along the hippy trail to India if you were constantly stoned. Good song - they got sued by the girl scouts of australia for stealing the scouts anthem - The Kookabura Sits In The Old Gum Tree.
    miamiviceon June 13, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThis is what i really have a huge appreciation of this site for.

    You see, for the longest time I thought the line was "then she gave me a bite of my sandwich"

    Which made absolutely no sense to me.

    then I come to this site to learn the lyrics to sing the song properly, then I come to find out that I misheard it and the line is "then she gave me a Vegemite sandwich".

    To which I went arrrrrrgh.

    So has anybody else hear "then she gave me a bite of my sandwich" or is it just me?
    Clockeron July 11, 2016   Link

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