Western Oil

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture
Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2012-01-15 03:44

Out where the gysers broke
The palm tree and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty five degrees

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

The time has come
A fact's a fact
It belongs to us
Let's take 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 world is churning?
How do we sleep while our homes are burning?

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

Nationalizing's just not right
The jihadis -- we must fight
The Arab desert lives and breathes
In forty five degrees

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

The time has come
A fact's a fact
It belongs to us
Let's take 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 world is churning?
How do we sleep while our homes are burning?

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

The time has come
A fact's a fact
It belongs to us
We're gonna take it back!


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Justice Will Eventually Prevail

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Leonid asks:

"Given the current trend of political philosophy of Altruism and Multiculturism who in his right mind could even dream to take back the oil which is rightfully belongs to those who discovered it, invented the technology to extract and transport it?"

Where there's life, there's hope. Eventually, in my view, that oil will go back to the Americans, British, French, and Netherlanders who mostly discovered it, bought it, drilled for it, and still rightfully own it.

True But...

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Greg,

You're absolutely right about Beds Are Burning as currently written and intended but -- I have confidence in humanity! We can fix it (albeit with somewhat better lyrics than the ones I quickly added)! Smiling

Now we need a competent and inspired Objectivist or neoliberal band to get to work.

"Nationalizing's just not

Leonid's picture

"Nationalizing's just not right"

In the year 1956 Egyptian government nationalized the Suez canal-the private property which had been created with the private money by the citizens of Great Britain and France in 19th century. English and French with the support of Israel immediately and boldly attacked Egypt ( they had thrown few bombs on Cairo), but shortly after that stepped back, been reprimanded by the American and Russians. Israel troops, which had been left alone by its allies on the battlefield, took over Sinai and reached the canal. They withdrew only after Americans applied severe pressure.

I brought up this old story in order to ask just two questions:

1. Given the current trend of political philosophy of Altruism and Multiculturims who in his right mind could even dream to take back the oil which is rightfully belongs to those who discovered it, invented the technology to extract and transport it?

2. Who is the guiltiest person in the room?

If you wanted a rock song about oil...

Marcus's picture

...where you didn't have to change the lyrics, it would be this one.

Yeah, I missed the point

gregster's picture

"Nationalizing's just not right
The jihadis -- we must fight"

I saw that too but had given up by then. Didn't think to realize you'd reworked it.

To put that piece to well-intentioned lyrics won't work. Reason being that the song is an anthem for the Australian indigenous by hand-wringing liberals who have all the wrong answers for the plight of the indigenous - or anyone. The singer is a monumental testament to liberal guilt - like a fly-ridden outback Bono.

A Great Tune -- Now with Great Words Too

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

People seem to be missing the point. I rewrote and renamed the song. I took a great melody and -- while maintaining as many of the original lyrics as I could -- gave it notably superior words. The song now means something very different from the original. It's now an anthem for retaking the Middle Eastern oil which was stolen from the West in the '50s, '60s, and '70s.

What's your point, Kyrel?"

Ross Elliot's picture

Midnight Oil was a great band, but only in their energy and anthemic delivery.

I've seen MO live, and they are unsurpassed as a live act.

But Beds Are Burning is nothing but an apology for the so-called trampling of native rights. Peter Garrett, MO's singer, is now a Labor MP, and minister, with heavy Green leanings, in the Australian parliament.

But here we have an interesting thing: I, as a proponent of capitalism, don't agree with MO's political position, but I enjoy their music.

This leads me to appreciate that although we may not agree with an artists political beliefs, we can certainly enjoy their compositions and performances. What did Mozart or Bach believe? Or Tchaikovsky or Dvorak? Yet because they set no words to their compositions, we are not bothered by their beliefs. We only respond to the power of their music.

Kyrel

gregster's picture

I realize it's difficult to understand Australians, but in the first two lines I could make out "river" not "gysers," and "blood wood," not "palm tree." And that was enough.

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