I don't know if I'm tired and I don't know if I'm ill
My cheeks are turning yellow
I think I'll take another pill

Praying for the wave to come now
It must be for the fifteenth time
I've been here for much too long
This is the past that's mine

I want to fly and run till it hurts
Sleep for a while and speak no words in Australia
I want to fly and run till it hurts
Sleep for a while and speak no words in Australia
In Australia

Praying for the wave to come now
It must be for the very last time
It's twelve o'clock till midnight
There must be someone to blame

I want to fly and run till it hurts
Sleep for a while and speak no words in Australia
I want to fly and run till it hurts
Sleep for a while and speak no words in Australia
In Australia

Australia, in Australia
I want to fly and run till it hurts
Sleep for a while and speak no words in Australia
In Australia
In Australia
In Australia


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Australia Lyrics as written by Chrissie Hynde John-paul Jones

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    what DOES this song mean? i'm very confused...

    jensteron April 27, 2002   Link
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    It's about escapism, just being somewhere else instead of Britain. Nicky got paranoid about being ill, under the stresses of touring, so he just wanted to get away from it all. Australia was the suitable mythical destination.

    ecureuilon April 28, 2002   Link
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    It is about escaping the misery that was 1995 for NIcky after Richey's disappearence, Australia is the urthest away from Britain you can go

    Zed92ukon August 05, 2002   Link
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    I hate the way this song is always on ads and stuff, so cheap : (

    my nothingon November 19, 2004   Link
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    The 'cheeks are turning yellow' line I think refers to Nicky's liver condition (Gilbert's Syndrome) which can cause a mild jaundice when stressed etc

    sonnyjdon June 03, 2010   Link
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    I never realised before what this song was about but now it's developed a different light and I can only think about how powerful and upsetting it is, and how much crazy pain Nicky and the others must have been going through then.

    I know Richey must have been pretty distressed himself to disappear/ commit suicide like he did, but I think, along with most other escapists and suicid-ees, that he must have been a bit thoughtless not to realise what an effect he would have on those he left behind, how he might screw up their lives as well as his own.

    It makes me sick that they use this in travel advertisements.

    manic4manicson August 22, 2012   Link
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    he doesn't like flying either now....

    xxx

    rahtwinkleon July 24, 2002   Link
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    Really? I thought the furthest away from Britain you can go was New Zealand... but then again, that wouldn't have had the same sound, would it? :)

    VektorWon August 18, 2002   Link
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    thanks Zed, i was always wondering wot this song was about - makes the lyrics make sense now :)

    festijunkon September 28, 2002   Link
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    Around the time this was written, there had been lots of possible sightings of Richey all over the world, including Australia. I think Nicky wrote this from Richey's point of view, Nicky undertsnads how Richey had to escape the life he was leading and clear his head.

    markalexanderon May 14, 2005   Link

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