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AUSTRALIAN SONGS

Great Southern Land

lyrics and music by Icehouse

Recorded first in 1981

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An absolutely beautiful video on YouTube that shows the beauty of Australia and how lucky we are to live here. It's well worth seeing.

Great Southern Land was released as a single in 1982 by the Australian band Icehouse. The song appeared later on their album Primitive Man. It was also featured in Icehouse Great Southern Landthe 1988 film Young Einstein.

Icehouse is an Australian band that began in 1977 as Flowers. Icehouse was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 16 August 2006.
 

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Standing at the limit of an endless ocean
stranded like a runaway, lost at sea
city on a rainy day down in the harbour
watching as the grey clouds shadow the bay
looking everywhere 'cause I had to find you
this is not the way that i remember it here
anyone will tell you its a prisoner island
hidden in the summer for a million years

Great Southern Land, burned you black
so you look into the land and it will tell you a story
story 'bout a journey ended long ago
if you listen to the motion of the wind in the mountains
maybe you can hear them talking like I do
". . they're gonna betray, they're gonna forget you
are you gonna let them take you over that way . ."

Great Southern Land, Great Southern Land
you walk alone like a primitive man
and they make it work with sticks and bones
see their hungry eyes, its a hungry home
I hear the sound of the stranger's voices
I see their hungry eyes, their hungry eyes
Great Southern Land, Great Southern Land
they burned you black, black against the ground

Great Southern Land, in the sleeping sun
you walk alone with the ghost of time
they burned you black, black against the ground
and they make it work with rocks and sand
I hear the sound of the stranger's voices
I see their hungry eyes, their hungry eyes
Great Southern Land, Great Southern Land
you walk alone, like a primitive man
you walk alone with the ghost of time
and they burned you black
yeah, they burned you black
Great Southern Land

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