Monday, 15 February 2016

The Power and the Passion by Midnight Oil

People, wasting away in paradise
Going backward, once in a while
Moving ahead, falling behind
What do you believe, what do you believe
What do you believe is true
Nothing they say makes a difference this way
Nothing they say will do

Take all the trouble that you can afford
At least you won't have time to be bored

Oh the power and the passion, oh the temper of the time
Oh the power and the passion
Sometimes you've got to take the hardest line

Sun burnt faces around, with skin so brown
Smiling zinc cream and crowds, Sundays the beach never a cloud
Breathing eucalypti, pushing panel vans
Stuff and munch junk food
Laughing at the truth, 'cause Gough was tough till he hit the rough
Uncle Sam and John were quite enough

Too much of sunshine too much of sky
It's enough to make you want to cry

Oh the power

The Power and the Passion was released in 1982 by the really popular Australian Band, Midnight Oil. 

It was an overtly political song calling for people to wake up and take action – it was in response to the typical Australasian attitude of "She'll be right, mate"

But political or not it was quite a song and I love the title.  You can find a YouTube clip of it here.

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