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Burning Peter Garrett’s midnight oil bed

Peter Garrett is the man who left his principles at the door in joining the Labor Party and accepting a safe seat. He is now Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts in the Rudd Labor Government.

The Labor Party is the destroyer of dreams, as Garrett’s journey from idealist to ‘pragmatist’ shows.

Joining the ALP to change the world doesn’t work. The host takes over the parasite.  Nothing personal in that. Garrett just happens to be the best example around of the futility of joining Labor to make a difference.

Recently demonstrators against Garrett burnt a bed. What a great way to show contempt for what the former lead singer of Midnight Oil has become – a member of a reactionary and racist Government whose sole principle is re-election through pro-profit anti-people policies.

One of Midnight Oil’s most famous songs is beds are burning. It is about giving the land back to the aboriginal people. This is not only something Labor refuses to do; it is something, through the Northern Territory intervention, Labor is actually reversing by stealing Aboriginal lands.

One line in the song goes How do we sleep while our beds are burning?

That’s a question we should ask Garrett every day – how do you sleep while your principles are burning away?

Here are the lyrics. There’s a link after that to a youtube video of the song.

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

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

A link to the song is here.

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Comments

Comment from marigae
Time November 13, 2009 at 10:50 am

Judging a man instead of the system is a deadend. Writting songs is to let the dreams and hope express…doint politics is antoher story. He s not the good target. I still love the song.

Comment from Flower
Time November 13, 2009 at 11:47 am

Attn: Double Agent PG – Minister for Mining:

“Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions.”

Comment from John
Time November 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm

marigae I was trying to make the point that the Labor Party is the destroyer of dreams, as Garrett’s journey from idealist to ‘pragmatist’ shows. Joining the ALP to change the world doesn’t work. The host takes over the parasite. Nothing personal in that. Garret just happens to be the best example around of the futility of joining Labor to make a difference.