Beds are Burning Lyrics - Midnight Oil

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Out where the river broke
The blood wood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty five degrees

The time has come
To say fair's fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share

The time has come
A fact's a fact
It belongs to them
Let's give it back

How can we dance when our earth is turning
How do we sleep while our beds are burning
How can we dance when our earth is turning
How do we sleep while our beds are burning

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The time has come
To say fair's fair
To pay the rent, now
To pay our share

Four wheels scare the cockatoos
From Kintore East to Yuendemu
The western desert lives and breathes
In forty five degrees

The time has come
To say fair's fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share
The time has come
A fact's a fact
It belongs to them
Let's give it back

How can we dance when our earth is turning
How do we sleep while our beds are burning
How can we dance when our earth is turning
How do we sleep while our beds are burning

The time has come
To say fair's fair
To pay the rent, now
To pay our share
The time has come
A fact's a fact
It belongs to them
We're gonna give it back

How can we dance when our earth is turning
How do we sleep while our beds are burning



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12/08/11 | Reviewer: FARIHA | 11/10/12

It’s a song about awakening the conscience of white people to the troubles of native aborigines who have had their land taken from them.
I think "bed" refers to "home" or safety. In the Midnight Oil song, it means something like, how can we ignore what is happening when it is destroying our homes and houses? It refers to the force able relocations - very literally, their beds were being set alight, or at least moved on.
More generally, it refers to a necessity for action, because your home - where you would relax and forget about the problems - is being destroyed or removed.


i agree with the above | Reviewer: lalalalala | 10/31/12

i agree with all of the other messages that were written by other people there all meaningful and the Australian people should be reading this and giving the other people that thay took the land from them. they should all be getting the same right as all the other australians so you should be reading this all the people who are mean to the other people who arent like the australians or they have darker skin then other people, they speak another language, or look different to other people like if they have squinty eyes or they have orange looking skin so you should be nict to the people that arent white and have different skin so you should try being nice to other people and be there friends!!!!!!!! :) be nice and kind to other people who arent your friends and if they dont look like you or talk like you you should still be nice to them like you are to other people that are more of the same culture as you you should still be nice and try being friends with them.

hi everyone | Reviewer: lalalalla | 10/31/12

can anyone answer this question!!!!!! when did Midnight Oil release beds are burning because i dont know and wikipedia wont tell me or any other type of website if you can read can you please read my message and can you give me a message!!!!! thnx:)

Questioning our Morality | Reviewer: Alex | 10/4/12

Why would you give back the land. That is stupid. All the Australians would be homeless, except for the Aborigines. Where would you live. I bet the Aborigines would let some of you stay and pay rent to them. Then they would be rich beyond belief. I don't think that is a good Idea. I am an American and I would never give back my land to some indian dudes. I would have no where to live, I would have to go back to the Mother land - and I don't know if that would be England or Africa. I'm white but they say we all started in Africa - I just don't know what to do now - I am so perplexed right now thanks alot Midnight Oil

The real revolution is human kindness | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/16/12

The people who took from the aborigines are the same types of people who take pleasure in calling others idiots, satan, unpatriotic, ignorant - whatever. The point of the song is that we all need to feel the consequences of our actions. This does not mean someone else out in the world needs you to tell them how bad or ignorant they are. It means I, you and everybody needs to look inside and see what actions and words we produce without thinking about how they affect others.

religious ignorance | Reviewer: b | 1/7/12

God would not think this song is awesome, as the "give it back" would apply at least as much to culture as land, which would mean give back the dreamtime, and that is anti god. The "satan" that did the stealing was christianity, restoration would be the removal of christianity.

beds are burning | Reviewer: alison | 8/23/11

i like the song because my parents like them and my carers like them because they know where they are now living thats how i like them when i was young i danced to the song and my mum and dad liked me dancing to the beds are burning because it was out before i was born. i reckone that god liked it to because i think he liked it to because he thought it was awsome like me .

world is turning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/28/11

I believe this song is a revelation to the way the world is turning today our beds are really burning and the symbol of a bed is rest our world is in an uproar and everything that can be shaken will be shaken even our government it is coming soon the world his kingdom is coming restoration will be restored what satan has stolen will be returned Gods kingdom will be again here on earth will you be a part of it or will you go with the system of the world Dawney

Here we got a Concept Launcher. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/3/10

Couple the concept of this lyric up with that of Mr. Bruce Cockburn's "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" and it becomes globally universal. Time fr the excploiters to make right, make nice, pipe down and lay off. WE and OURS have been fed to THEIR BABIES for far too long already, I say.

Increase the Peace.
Reverse the Curse.
Reject ALL Terror.
(You KNOW you /WANT/ to.) ;)

RE: Joe | Reviewer: Jamie E | 1/9/10

Obviously The Temperature would be in Degrees Celsius. Why would an Australian band, who's writing about Australian history, use degrees Fahrenheit. Anyone who says that it is more then likely Celsius are idiots. It people like you and your stupid country who don't know anything

fire | Reviewer: Tony | 1/18/09

the song is about returning stolen lands in Australia to the aboriginies. 45 dgrees is indeed in celcius and is the temp of the desert at its peak. The line above "Fire will scare the cockatoos" is wrong however. The real lyrics is "Four wheels scares the cockatoos"

T

forty five degrees | Reviewer: Joe | 6/30/08

A note about the lyrics - where it mentions "forty five degrees", that's probably Celsius, which is the temperature scale used in Australia and most other countries outside the U.S. That works out to 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

A Protest Song too! | Reviewer: Allie (fellow rock lover) | 5/29/08

I love this song, and have always loved it from the time I first heard it, but I never knew it was a protest song until today and it really hits home now!g Giving native Australian lands back to the Pintupi Aborigines is totally a cause worth writing a song for!!!
Katie, I shun rap as well. It is NOT music nor can it be called singing! It disgraces the music industry. Remember: Country + Rap = CRAP. But rap makes up 3/4 of that!

ROCK ON!!! | Reviewer: Katie (rock N roll lover) | 4/4/08

This is my FAVORITE song!!! I love Rock N Roll more than anything!!! and i shun rap!!! SHUN!!!!
I have no idea if this song was about a child's death, or Australia or what ever, but keep playing rock and i'll be happy :)

he's right | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/17/07

this song has nothing to do with a child's death...mauricio is right, it is about the Aboriginal people of Australia and how when the English settlers colonised Australia, they stole all the Aboriginals land and "native title". The song is protesting to try and get the government to return the land to the Native people of Australia.


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