"In The Valley" as written by Martin Rotsey, Robert Hirst, James Moginie, Peter Garrett and Wayne Stevens....
My grandfather went down with the MonteVideo
The rising sun sent him floating to his rest
And his wife fled south to Sydney seeking out safe harbor
A North Shore matron she became with some paying guests

My father went down with the curse of big cities
Traffic tolls and deadlines took him to his peace
Now Bob Dyer glued us to our seats
And lawns were always Victa neat
Whilst Menzies fawned at royal fleet do you remember?

In the valley I walk, I took some comfort there
In the valley I walk, cold comfort I can hear you talk
In the valley I walk, who will take me there?

When my mother went down it was a stiff arm from Hades
Life surprises and tears you like the southerly
She always welcomed the spring always welcomed the stranger
I don't see too many around like this
Oh no, that's what I'm looking for, yeah, what we're looking for

In the valley I walk - who will take me there
In the valley I walk - cold comfort I can hear you talk
In the valley I walk - I took some comfort there
In the valley I walk - oh rough justice I hear you talk
In the valley I walk - to meet my watershed

I hope virtue brings it's own reward
And I hope the pen is mightier than any sword
I hope the kids will take it slow
I hope my country claims it's own

In the valley I walk - I cried yes I cried I was down then I crawled
Mercy's arms all around me when I was down there
In the valley I walk - do you read me they can hear me in the valley

Lyrics submitted by Chris_Gough, edited by Dermott

"In the Valley" as written by Martin Rotsey James Moginie

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    General CommentThis is one of the few songs in which Garret is singing about himself, its a a song about his family. But also its a song about how far Australia has progressed in only three generations. The best version of this song is the piano version on the Real Thing album
    mattc1on September 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favourite song of all time. A honest song Peter Garrett wrote after the passing of his mother. Absolutely beautiful...
    kateemma22on December 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentGarrett is certainly singing from his own perspective, and he's said this is one of his favourite Oils songs, and a tribute to his parents and grandparents, especially his mother.
    His grandfather did die in the sinking of the Montevideo Maru (as did the uncle of Kim Beazley, who was also in the parliamentary Labor party with Garrett). The Montevideo Maru was lost in WW2 with hundreds of Allied prisoners of war aboard.
    Dermotton April 01, 2013   Link

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