Sounds of Then

And now for something completely different, well almost, we still remain on the same subject matter, although we look at the past and those that sent you a message.

All of these are Australian Songs except one (the lyrics are however). We will go through them, you can listen to them as you read. All of these songs are Australian genre and Australian Artists who have left you smart words and groovy music to pass on a knowledge of being that some people miss.

Lets start with Midnight Oil.

From the Album called Earth, Sun and Moon the song My Country is quite smart in its lyrics. We can also see that Gods Realm features in the words to the song. We are asked if we breached our Faith, and then nudged towards a truth about a flag in camoflage for your decieving.

What is it that Peter Garret , Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey were trying to pass on through their music. The band started in 1972 and their music is managed by Sony ATV.

Did you save your face
Did you breach your faith
Women, there were children at the shelter
Now who can stop the hail
When human senses fail
There was never any warning, no escape

I hear you say the truth must take a beating
The flag a camouflage for your deceiving
Cause I know, (I know) I know, it’s written on your soul
I know we all make mistakes

Next we look at Goanna and the track Solid Rock.

Solid Rock is a song written by Shane Howard in 1982 and is listed in the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. The sung was forged out of witnessing the large injustice that this Australian Government has impacted on the Aborigine of these Lands.

What we can define from our knowledge is that this Australian Government has impacted like this on all Australians being an Administrator Government under United Nations Trust Territories. They have done the same to all Australians by removing their ANZAC history.

We by no means detract from original families that lived on this land being treated far worse than others. We can see through the lyrics of this song that we are all running from the heart of darkness looking for the heart of light in the promised land.

This really is sacred ground, both to the original inhabitants of the land through their Dreamtime, and the ANZAC that fought to defend this land in World Wars through Christian Scripture.

Well round about the dawn of time
The Dreaming all began
A crowd of people came
Well they were lookin’ for their promised land
We’re runnin’ from the heart of darkness
Searchin’ for the heart of light
It was their paradise

Well they were standin’ on
Solid rock
Standin’ on sacred ground
Livin’ on borrowed time
And the winds of change
Were blowin’ cold that night

Icehouse and the Great Southern Land

In todays world, most people would not remember Icehouse and Iva Davies, it was a bit of a parents song although was on the radio so stuck in our heads.

A strangely put together song, it sets the scene of Australia on a rainy day. These setting usually the doom and gloom of weather puts the Southern Land into context with hints at a former tribal world.

The one unique line in the whole song is “Anyone will tell you its a prisoner island” thats been “hidden in summer a million years”.

Standing at the limit of an endless ocean
Stranded like a runaway lost at sea
City on a rainy day down in the harbor
Watching as the gray clouds shadow the bay
Looking everywhere, I had to find you
This is not the way that I remember it here
Anyone will tell you it’s a prisoner island
Hidden in the summer for a million years

Be Good Johnny the Men are at Work.

Men at Work came out of Melbourne at the end of the 70’s launching into the 80’s with a unique sound that was well known around the pubs. Pubs began to play rock’n’roll and the 80’s became a solid pub tour of venues for many rock bands. That was how they played to their audiences.

The Bands frontman Colin Hay along with acoustic guitarist Ron Strikhert and Jerry Speiser on drums the band grew to include Saxaphonist Greg Ham and bassist John Rees.

The bands most famous song would be Down Under which we will look at next. With their unique style they delivered on a large number of songs throughout the years. I have included Be Good Johnny because its that expectation to fit into the modern society with mum and dad pushing the expectation of the world they live in on the son.

Are you the golden boy, that follows the golden rule.

Skip de skip, up the road
Off to school you go
“Don’t you be a bad boy Johnny
Don’t you slip up
Or play the fool”
“Oh no Ma, Oh no Da
I’ll be your golden boy
I will obey ev’ry golden rule”
Get told by the teacher
Not to day-dream
Told by my mother:

“Be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good (Johnny)
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good” (Johnny)

Its upside down?

A strictly aussie flavour, Men At Works song Down under is a comical take on life in Australia with its jokes about vegemite and the temptation to offer you something else in place of the land of plenty.

Although mostly comical in its presentation, including the official video showing scenes of the band in the middle of nowhere, the chorus line hits a nail home when it state that the women glow and the men plunder.

Are they plundering the land of plenty?

Oh! Do you come from a land down under? (oh yeah, yeah)
Where women glow and men plunder
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder? Aah
You better run, you better take cover

Then and Now!

During the 70’s and early 80’s it became common place to speak up about the country we live in through song. Gangajangs song Sounds of Then is another song that portrays the land we live in.

Much like Men At Works song Down Under, Gangajang took a comedy approach to the lyrics setting the scene of a Far North Queensland Cane Farm. With Monsoon Rains, and the Burning of Cane Fields, the humidity of the tropic in their lungs, the band sung out “Laugh and think, this is Australia”.

Out on the patio we’d sit
And the humidity we’d breathe
We’d watch the lightning crack over canefields
Laugh and think that this is Australia

Louder than words, the voice.

From this history of loving the lands of this Commonwealth of Australia, and coming through the history of bands that had sung about the country before. John Farnham has an interesting career starting as a pop song artist in England during the 60’s with Sadie the Cleaning Lady with him in black and white on television.

Johnny Farnham – Sadie (The Cleaning Lady) (1967) – YouTube

His most famous song would have to be Youre the Voice, loved and hated by Australians alike, the song has stood the test of time having being used on television, advertisement and more. It is one of those songs when played, every Australian over the age of 30 knows the lyrics to.

The words very pertinent to the problems we face when it is stated “how long can we look at each other, down the barrel of a gun”. Given what we know today through research of our Australia, we find out that we are held under the color of law and it is about time we faced each other over the problems we face.

Its very clear that you are the voice. Vox populi, vox dei. The voice of the people is the voice of God. So is it time you stopped “sitting in silence” and “living in fear”.

We’re all someone’s daughter
We’re all someone’s son
How long can we look at each other
Down the barrel of a gun?

You’re the voice, try and understand it
Make the noise and make it clear, oh, woah
We’re not gonna sit in silence
We’re not gonna live with fear, oh, woah

ROAR like a working class man.

Jimmy Barnes was lead singer and vocalist for the huge pub band Cold Chisel. Songs were sung by whole pubs full of people with the sound reaching out into the suburb. Everyone knew their songs, with Cold Chisel producing 14 Australian Top 40 albums and 13 charting solo albums, including 17 No. 1s, giving Jimmy Barnes the highest number of hit albums of any Australian or international artist in the Australian market.

Jimmy Barnes was more popular than Neighbours Star Kylie Minogue, more popular than Midnight Oils jerking dancer Peter Garrett. Only John Farnham can claim a higher title having sold the most popular single and most popular of Australian Artists on the ARIA Charts. John Farnham sat in the charts for 25 weeks with Your The Voice.

Cold Chisel spoke to the common man, the working class man. Put in the era of the Vietnam War, he speaks of the anger of being sent, a simple man with a heart of gold, sent to a complicated situation by “The Man” because he is merely a “working class” man.

He believes in god and Elvis
He gets out when he can
He did his time in Vietnam
Still mad at Uncle Sam
He’s a simple man
With a heart of gold
In a complicated land
Oh he’s a working class man

The Stage under Lights

Iconic enough to be played by Hugh Jackman, Peter Allen’s musical number were meant for the stage. Portraying Peter Allen in persona and song, Hugh gave an aura of pride in his work demonstrated by the same exuberance as the star he mimmicks.

Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen ~ Peter Allen medley – YouTube

Peter Allens song “I still call Australia home” is amongst the most used songs about Australia, it has been used in advertising throughout the world. The song was added to the National Film and Sound Archive in 2013.

A favourite amongst those that grew up through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s it gave a love to returning home to where the heart is, the place you still call home.

I’m always travelling, I love being free
And so I keep leaving the sun and the sea
But my heart lies waiting over the foam
I still call Australia home

A little bit of Sherbert

Howzat.. you messed about I caught you out Howzat.

Ive included this one because we finally caught this “Australia” out at its game of occupation and administration as a United Nations Trust Territory with its second cross sitting on the Shrine of Remembrance overruling the Stone of Remembrance.

Famously used for the Australian Cricket, the Australian Cricket team sports the proper Australian Coat of Arms that is still valid and in use to this day.

Opening the door to the Scriptures has shown the foundations of the realm, and “looking closely at the things” this Australian Government has done, “no, they cant fool me”.

They “messed about” and “have got caught out”.

HOWZAT. “Now that we found where your at”. “Its Goodbye”.

Well I’ve been looking at you
(I’ll tell you what I see)
Looking closely at the things you do
(No you can’t fool me)
I didn’t see it the way you wanted me to

How how howzat
You messed about
I caught you out
Now that I found where you’re at
It’s goodbye

You messed about
I caught you out
Now that I found where you’re at
It’s goodbye
Well howzat
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Prisoner of Warfare

The Living End was popular during the 90’s, forming in 1994 the band came out of Inner City Melbourne. With high energy pub rock scene, the band is labelled a rockerbilly punk band.

The song reached No. 1 on the ARIA Charts with its energetic fuck you at the established societal boundaries. With lyrics like “Our generation gap means the war is never won” and “the past is in your head, the future in our hands” gave the younger generations hope of change.

The chorus spoke loudly to everyone, and was rememberable and loudly sung by audiences and crowds shouting “You’ll see im not the enemy! Just a prisoner of society”.

We don’t refer to the past when we’re showing what we’ve done
Our generation gap means the war is never won
The past is in your head
The future’s in our hands

‘Cause I’m a brat
And I know everything
And I talk back
‘Cause I’m not listening
To anything you say

And if you count to three (one two three)
You’ll see there’s no emergency
You’ll see I’m not the enemy
Just a prisoner of society


INXS were started by John and Tim Farris, the Farris Brothers and grew into one of the most popular Australian bands of all time. With Michael Hutchence appealing largely to women for his good looks and sexy demeanour, he partnered with Kylie Minogue. Hutchence was found dead in a hotel room in Sydney after a party in which he participated in sexual asphyxiation without the happy ending.

Original Sin plays on the Adam and Eve story with the Chorus speaking to black and white Australia telling Australians to “Dream on White Boy, Dream on Black Girl” and to “wake up to a brand new day” only to have in this current world “your dreams washed away”.

There was a time when I did not care
And there was a time when the facts did stare
There is a dream and it’s held by many
Well I’m sure you had to see
It’s open arms

Dream on white boy (white boy)
Dream on black girl (black girl)
And wake up to a brand new day
To find your dreams have washed away

Hunted and Collected

Another famous Australian rock band to come out of the 80’s, Hunters and Collectors are awake to the Realms of Gods, with the lyrics to their songs and the imagery of their videos portraying the stories of the scripture linked to the reality of modern life.

In slumber, as the country is, so defined in Genesis 15, the song Holy Grail speaks of being asleep and participating in an Army on the search for the Holy Grail. The concept of being a prisoner of society leads to a crusade based in faith, the video shows the Dove that Noah sent from the Ark and the Raven that returned defining that there was no land for a people.

The raising of Four Corners of the Globe relative to the biblical four winds and four seasons at which they also sing about in the song Four Seasons. This song has been included because the band itself is awake to the problems that we have faced.

Woke up this morning from the strangest dream
I was in the biggest army the world has ever seen
We were marching as one
On the road to the holy grail

Started out seeking fortune and glory
It’s a short song but it’s a hell of a story
When you spend your lifetime trying to get your hands
On the holy grail

Well have you heard about the great crusade
We ran into millions, but nobody got paid
Yeah we raised four corners of the globe
For the holy grail

Coming Home

Another hugely popular band, Crowded House began its journey in 1985 and is a truly ANZAC band with New Zealander Neil Finn joining Australians Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. Neil Finns brother Tim Finn along with Americans Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod joined a few years later.

Crowded House not only made ARIA chart success in Australia, they did so world wide and in two different periods of its existence. The band hit the top of the charts in America in 1987 and in 1993 were issued an OBE from the Queen.

Another band awake, much like Hunters and Collectors they speak about the problems the world faces based on scriptural foundations. The song Better be home soon speaks of “stripping back the coats of lies and deception” and “knowing you are right for the first time in your life”.

And I know I’m right
For the first time in my life
That’s why I tell you
You’d better be home soon

Stripping back the coats
Of lies and deception
Back to nothingness
Like a week in the desert

And I know I’m right
For the first time in my life
That’s why I tell you
You’d better be home soon


This brings us to the end of our little journey of awakening through history and song. We can see that many have been awakened before you, and they too wanted to be home soon, to the great southern land, the land of STRAYA.

This last song, I came across online while looking through music to put together for this post. We could have gone down the sorrowful “When I was 19” or “Waltzing Matilda” or any number of historical songs of war and peace, but instead, a choice for a progression of energy driven music leading you home.

This National Anthem of STRAY is based on the song Hey Ya! by the band Outcast. A brilliant production, you’ll enjoy the lyrics.

Outkast – Hey Ya! (Official HD Video) – YouTube

This concludes a look into the message by song. I hope you now have the energy for that unity, and hope that it shows you Australians became Mates, and will forever be Mates.

Welcome Home to the Commonwealth, where you have been deceived by your servants, but awoken by your mates playing the music you love throughout the history of your lives.


  1. i think you should include the song ‘silent running’ by mike and the mechanics!!! take a listen you will know why.

    • There are at least 20 songs that I have that are not included. There are many many many bands that speak the truths.

      All of these are major artists leading the Aria Charts. And when you look at what they produce. Its no wonder why.

      EDIT: Here is a link to Mike and the Mechanics. it is not included here because they are an English Band not Australian.

  2. Hope you all enjoy this post. Time for you to realise. Its not all IN THE LAW IS IT.

    Its about being a Jural Society, its about being a SELF DETERMINED COMMONWEALTH.

    And what better way to drive the energy for that, than through music. By taking a look at what those that came before you knew. And how they tried to awaken you to that.

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