SONG LYRIC DATABASE - W

The songs in this section are

WARAKURNA

W - Moginie
There is enough for everyone
In Redfern as there is in Alice
This is not the Buckingham Palace
This is the crown land
This is the brown land
This is not our land

Some folks live in water tanks
some folks live in red brick flats

There is enough, the law is carved in granite
It's been shaped by wind and rain
White law could be wrong
Black law must be strong

Warakurna, cars will roll
Don't drink by the water hole
Court fines on the shopfront wall
Beat the grog and save your soul

Some people laugh, some never learn
This land must change or land must burn
Some people sleep, some people yearn
This land must change or land must burn

Diesel and dust is what we breathe
This land don't change and we don't leave
Some people live, some never die
This land don't change this land must lie
Some people leave, always return
This land must change or land must burn

Warakurna, camels roam
Fires are warm and dogs are cold
Not since Lassiter was here
Black man's got a lot to fear

Some people laugh some never learn
This land must change or land must burn
Some people leave, always return
This land must change or land must burn

WEDDING CAKE ISLAND

W - Rotsey/Moginie
Instrumental

WHEN THE GENERALS TALK

W - Hirst/Moginie/Garrett
Up there on the platform
He is speaking to the people
The people are responding
With clapping and a cheering
But the meaning of the message
Not revealed to those assembled
They're taken for a ride
Taken in his stride

When the generals talk
You better listen to him
When the generals talk
You better do what he say

There's a rumour in the ranking
Someone talking insurrection
So the general has a purge
'Cos he wants to win elections
With the certain satisfaction
That the people are appeased
Long live the revolution
The general's very pleased

Sitting on the fence both ears to the ground
The fat cat's still push the thin cats around

Intoducing the new general school of political diplomacy
If you disagree, you get annihilated
Trouble is, we haven't got many generals (in Australia)
Well, General Motors
General Credit Corporation
General Insurance
They're the worst generals of all, you know

WHARF RAT

W - Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter Old man down
Way down down,
Down by the docks of the city

Blind and dirty,
Asking for a dime,
A dime for a cup of coffee,
I got no dime but I got some time to hear his story

My name is August West,
And I love my Pearly Baker best
More than my wine,
More than my wine--
More than my maker,
Though he's no friend of mine

Everyone saying
I've come to no good
I knew I would -- Pearly, believe them

Half of my life,
I spent doing time for some other fucker's crime,
The other half found me stumbling round drunk on burgundy wine

But I'll get back on my feet someday,
The good Lord willing, if He says I may
I know that the life I'm livin's no good,
I'll get a new start, lead the life I should.

I'll get up and fly away,
I'll get up and fly away,
Fly away

Pearly's been true,
True to me, true to my dying days,
I said to him,
I said to him, I'm sure she's been
I said to him, I'm sure she's been true to you

Got up and wandered,
Wandered downtown, nowhere to go but just hang around

I gotta girl,
Named Bonnie Lee,
I know that girl's been true to me
I know she's been, I'm sure she's been true to me

WHOAH

W - Moginie/Garrett
The lord is my temple
God is by my side
You pay the rates on that temple
Build materials at the side

He give reasons
To get through the day
He doesn't have rinse action
He just says

Whoah - oh
Don't wanna see you back here again

Girls are not smiling
The stars have gone out
The man with the landslide
Got his head in the ground
Like an unopened letter
Left under the door
He says I am the answer you're looking for

Whoah - oh
Don't wanna see you back here again

Above we dream in Andropovosphere
Who maintains the drunken machinery
Below we dream of a time
When those men come from West Point

WHO CAN STAND IN THE WAY

W - Moginie/Garrett
Well oh well I feel I'm in decay
John Laws is on the air again
It's heavy traffic, jacardandas, eye in sky and foot on ground
I see a million sand speck'd ants in mortal combat hand to hand
And I feel that I, yes I feel that I
Seem to live this life long distance gaze at the things surround
me
People rolling in and out those circles and tides confound me
And there's just one thing, yes ther's just one thing

Who can stand in the way when there's a dollar to be made

I was hanging round off Dobroyd Point, when the first fleet chain
sailed in
Looked into the clearest blue, the scurvy smell, the convicts cry
And we just carried on, yes we just carried on
Now choppers strafe the supermaket sky and people wonder why
chopping down tons of trees got seas of print not a soul can read
say
Why do I drown you build brick boxes one by one now they block my
sun
But it's metal on metal it's the dance of T.V.
If Christ were here he'd camera check he'd cry so loud the planes
would stop
He'd cry so loud the earth would shake and men would fall in
tinsel town
There's just one thing, yes there's just one thing

Who can stand in they way when there's a dollar to be made
Precious moments precious few
It's the joy of forgetting such a joy to forget
But we killed our first born and we slashed and we burned
And we sold off the paddocks and we raped and we gouged
On the wings of a six-pack will we ever learn

WRITTEN IN THE HEART

W - Hirst/Moginie/Rotsey
The god forsaken rifleman stands rigid at the bar
The kids discover victims in the rubble and the tar
They're married to ambition to the slogans of the war
Slogans that used to be scrawled on the wall and written in the
heart

A woman bows to Mecca and she struggles to her feet
It's better since the president took shooting off the street
She pictures all the poverty the cursed hold war
The pictures that used to be scrawled on the wall are written in
the heart

The elders make a promise and they forge it in the fire
The general's car is sabotaged, four bullets in the tire
With the burning of the words there goes the scorching of the
heart
The words that used to be scrawled on the wall are written in the
heart


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