"The Dreaming" as written by Karen Ann Poole, James Dearness Hogarth, Michelle Lena Mcerlaine and Terence James Martin....
Bang, goes another kanga
On the bonnet of the van
(See the light ram through the gaps in the land)
Many an Aborigine's mistaken for a tree
'Til you near him on the motorway
And the tree begin to breathe
(See the light ram through the gaps in the land)

(Coming in with the golden light)
In the morning
(Coming in with the golden light)
Is the New Man
(Coming in with the golden light)
Is my dented van

(Woomera)
Dree-ee-ee-ee-ee
A-a-a-a-a
M-m-m-m-m
Ti-ti-ti-ti-ti
I-i-i-i-i
Me-me-me-me-me

Dree-ee-ee-ee-ee
A-a-a-a-a (woomera)
M-m-m-m-m
Ti-ti-ti-ti-ti
I-i-i-i-i
Me-me-me-me-me

Dree-ee-ee-ee-ee
A-a-a-a-a
M-m-m-m-m
Ti-ti-ti-ti-ti

The civilized keep alive
The territorial war
(See the light ram through the gaps in the land)
Erase the race that claim the place
And say we dig for ore
Or dangle devils in a bottle
And push them from the (pull of the bush)
(See the light ram through the gaps in the land)
You find them in the road
(See the light bounce off the rocks to the sand)
In the road

(Coming in with the golden light)
In the morning
(Coming in with the golden light)
With no warning
(Coming in with the golden light)
We bring in the rigging
(Dig, dig, dig, dig away)

Dree-ee-ee-ee-ee
A-a-a-a-a
M-m-m-m-m
Ti-ti-ti-ti-ti
I-i-i-i-i
Me-me-me-me-me

Dree-ee-ee-ee-ee
A-a-a-a-a (woomera)
M-m-m-m-m
Ti-ti-ti-ti-ti
I-i-i-i-i
Me-me-me-me-me

Dree-ee-ee-ee-ee
A-a-a-a-a
M-m-m-m-m
Ti-ti-ti-ti-ti (woomera)
I-i-i-i-i
Me-me-me-me-me

Dree-ee-ee-ee-ee
A-a-a-a-a
M-m-m-m-m
Ti-ti-ti-ti-ti
I-i-i-i-i (woomera)
Me-me-me-me-me

Ma-ma-many an Aborigine's mistaken for a tree
(See the light ram through the gaps in the land)
You near him on the motorway
And the tree begin to breathe

Erase the race that claim the place
And say we dig for ore
(See the light ram through the gaps in the land)
Dangle devils in a bottle
And push them from the pull of the bush
(See the sun set in the hand of the man)

Bang, goes another kanga
On the bonnet of the van
(See the light bounce off the rocks to the sand)

You find them in the road
(See the light ram through the gaps in the land)
In the road
(See the light)
(Push 'em from the)
Pull of the Bush
(See the light bounce off the rocks to the sand)
(Push 'em from the)
Pull of the Bush
(See the sun set in the hand of the man)

(Oh, re Mikayina)


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"The Dreaming" as written by Kate Bush

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  • +3
    General CommentI agree about the aborigine legends of the dreamtime. I think this song is about when the white australians came and wiped out the native auastralians. hint*( Erase the race that claim the place ) In the dreamtime legend they believed that they believed when harm is near they can turn themselves into animals.
    winterycappyon October 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentObviously related to aborigine legends of the Dreamtime.
    Chloe le Fayon July 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAgree with the previous interpretations and just wanted to add a note about the last line

    "See the sun set in the hand of the man."

    I love that. I imagine someone checking on what they hit with their car, and the flashlight in their hand being the last thing the aborigine/kangaroo sees.

    nukacolatruckon January 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    TranslationMikayina - there is a word in Wagiman - mabakgayin - that means "broken." could be the same word in a different dialect, or a misheard word on KB's part,
    randy14801on September 22, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod I love this song and have no idea why. only kate bush could pull off a song that sounds ridiculous but make it great!!!! Yeah love it
    Gremlin666on February 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the second BANG 2:50 into the song, The other explainations look very accurate.
    miffyon January 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    MemoryKate Bush is definitely not your standard expendable pop diva. This was the first song I remember hearing by her on my local college radio station. I was definitely intrigued and sought out the rest of her albums (vinyl at the time; early 80s). Well it wasn't all as weird as this one, but it was definitely original, and I continue to love it.

    Love those breathing sounds!

    "Bang" goes another Kanga on the bonnet of the van...
    mumajoron March 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBeing an Australian, I can relate to hitting Kangaroos with your car at night. It happens so bloody often. But yes, Dreamtime stories is true...and also correct...Aborigines can turn into animals or flaura in the face of danger (according to dreamtime) hence..."near him on the motorway the tree begin to breath"
    misssammydaphneon August 30, 2010   Link

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