"Sleep" as written by Martin Rotsey, Peter Gifford, Robert Hirst, James Moginie and Peter Garrett....
So you've got the blues
The evening wore out your shoes
To a shuffling beat
It's a colorful crowd

Spraycan information
Cover the lonely station
Checkpoint for the state of the nation

On the missionbeat beat
The radio drug
Wayward destinations
Secondhand sensation

In the back of the cell
The plug and the cord
Shoulder dislocation
Bruised in isolation

In the eye of the storm
Writing on walls
Cross my heart confusion
Looking for a new solution

It's the heat of the land
Swallowing sweat
Say those dreams can shake me
Dawn come down and save me

Take this heart
Break this heart
Wrap it up and let me sleep

Lyrics submitted by jkw

"Sleep" as written by Peter Gifford Martin Rotsey

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    General Commentthis is my favorite oils song, but i'm not sure what it's about. all i know is the "missionbeat" was (is?) an assistance thing for the homeless in sydney (so they walked the missionbeat beat). maybe it's a series of vignettes like an old blues song, tied together by a theme.
    jkwon July 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA song about the marginalised in society.
    chrisb1on February 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe second verse:-
    "spraycan information
    cover the lonely station
    checkpoint for the state of the nation"

    Refers to graffitists who paint topical political slogans at deserted rail stations - the visual equivalent of some Oil's songs if you like.
    chrisb1on December 28, 2010   Link

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