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Men at Work — Down By The Sea
Album: Business As Usual
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Released: 1982
Length: 6:37
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Down by the sea
I found your hidden treasure
Just you and me,
We overdosed on pleasure

Yonnies in the wind,
We're ruggin' up for winter
Putting out the bins
In cold and windy weather

Down by the docks
Live all the silent sea-ships
Crates are stored on blocks
Where now only the rats live

Sail me down the river
Till we reach the shore
Diving into the center
Eating out the core

Down on the beach
Saluting Captain Benbow
Always out of reach
It's quiet when the tide's low

Climbing up the cliffs
You can see for miles far
The boat that ran adrift
Is sitting on the sandbar

Laughing at the waves
That storm the river mouth
The ice is on the move now
Creeping north and south

Down by the sea
I found your hidden treasure
Just you and me
We over-dosed on pleasure

Listen to your heart
Screamin' at the sky
Can't you feel it tremble?
Don't you wonder why?
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Great Band...still sounds good to me.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Any day you overdose on pleasure can't be all bad.

 
Surely you'll burn in hell for that, heathen! {#Wink}
Great "deep track" from a great album.  Thanks!
Always thought this album art was ugly. Memorable but ugly. So I guess they did their job. Nice to hear a song that never gets to breathe air.
Any day you overdose on pleasure can't be all bad.
 stockvc wrote:
one of my favorites.

 


I agree...  love it...

This song is from their debut album Business as Usual...  I still have the original vinyl from 1982...

one of my favorites.
 Poacher wrote:

Can I just mention, on behalf of most visitors here. . . we don't give a flying fuck.
 
Wow, that was necessary...  who shoved the burr up your butt?

much better songs to choose from......
Good guys from Down Under!

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


 
 Poacher wrote:

Can I just mention, on behalf of most visitors here. . . we don't give a flying fuck.
 

Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we." —Mark Twain


A "poacher" is by definition "one who hunts or fishes illegally on the property of another"... and that is not some derogatory name someone else calls you— that is your name for yourself... you call yourself a thief...

good luck with your tapeworms...

everybody in my hotel room dances to this song...



I heard there will be a reunion but there will be a new band name:

    Men, or Women (if you are ones) At Work. {#Tongue}
 Synth80s wrote:
This is one of my favorite songs from growing up.  Too many poeople only know the hits from Men At Work's first two albums, but there are a lot of other great songs on both of them.  "I can see it in your eyes" is another gem off of "Business as Usual," probably my favorite Men At Work song.  Sadly, they didn't last long, but Colin Hay has some excellent solo albums.  If you're curious, pick up "Are You Looking At Me?" — it was released about 5 years ago and it's excellent from end to end.
 
Agreed! I always liked 'Catch a Star' too.
I don't perform with bass, but I have one - and this song was really fun to learn! This and the Police's, 'Walking on the Moon'. Nice!
 romeotuma wrote:


I'll dance to this...

 
 
Can I just mention, on behalf of most visitors here. . . we don't give a flying fuck.
Blechh


I'll dance to this...

 
 fredriley wrote:
Five Ho-Hums, a Marginal and a Sucko-barfo on the trot. It's worrying when I'm muting more often than I'm listening. RP has been a big, big influence on my musical tastes over the last few years for which I'm very grateful and I've been happy to cough up my monthly donation, but it surely does hit some real doldrums at times. This number is the aural equivalent of a Marmite sandwich.

 

Cheese, Fred, add cheese.
Reminds me of barmy hot nights in Sydney during the 80s! One of the great bands to come out of Australia during that period.


I had forgotten this one. Great to hear it again! Love Men at Work.
Always liked this one.
love this band, easy flow and deep, soothes my soul
 jules44 wrote:

Thanks for the info. Colin is coming to play at a cool little theater here in itty bitty Clayton , NC and we were thinking of going. I will get that solo lp you suggest before the show!
Looking forward to it!
 
Thought about going to that show.  Pocketbook is a little light right now for $22/ticket!  Another person from Clayton on RP? Amazing.



This song is soooo good for the ears...  what memories...  sigh...  love it...

 
After all the light, fun, pop songs - there was this.

This is what I hoped they'd turn into. Alas.
 soundlife wrote:
 
I never heard this is song, my first impression is very good!  So easy and so heavy!  I agree with you!

Can you suggest me some Hay solo's album? 

Have a good music!!
 
 
I was happy to see Colin Hay live a few months ago in VA and he played this song. He's fantastic live! He actually noted this song was rather an afterthought on their first album and written when the band was pretty drunk {#Cheers}

Anyway, he's sober these days and still making great music. If you like MAW-style I'd highly recommend checking out his solo album "Man at Work" or "Going Somewhere." Both include his excellent version of "Beautiful World," which I see is in rotation here on Radio Paradise!


 Synth80s wrote:
This is one of my favorite songs from growing up.  Too many poeople only know the hits from Men At Work's first two albums, but there are a lot of other great songs on both of them.  "I can see it in your eyes" is another gem off of "Business as Usual," probably my favorite Men At Work song.  Sadly, they didn't last long, but Colin Hay has some excellent solo albums.  If you're curious, pick up "Are You Looking At Me?" — it was released about 5 years ago and it's excellent from end to end.
 
Thanks for the info. Colin is coming to play at a cool little theater here in itty bitty Clayton , NC and we were thinking of going. I will get that solo lp you suggest before the show!
Looking forward to it!


 Synth80s wrote:
This is one of my favorite songs from growing up.  Too many poeople only know the hits from Men At Work's first two albums, but there are a lot of other great songs on both of them.  "I can see it in your eyes" is another gem off of "Business as Usual," probably my favorite Men At Work song.  Sadly, they didn't last long, but Colin Hay has some excellent solo albums.  If you're curious, pick up "Are You Looking At Me?" — it was released about 5 years ago and it's excellent from end to end.
  
I never heard this is song, my first impression is very good!  So easy and so heavy!  I agree with you!

Can you suggest me some Hay solo's album? 

Have a good music!!
 
Great song! High quality thru 128,Thanks
This is one of my favorite songs from growing up.  Too many poeople only know the hits from Men At Work's first two albums, but there are a lot of other great songs on both of them.  "I can see it in your eyes" is another gem off of "Business as Usual," probably my favorite Men At Work song.  Sadly, they didn't last long, but Colin Hay has some excellent solo albums.  If you're curious, pick up "Are You Looking At Me?" — it was released about 5 years ago and it's excellent from end to end.
Bad @ss
Yonnies in the wind ....

Great stuff.
Haven't heard this one in a long time. Still sounds good.
Five Ho-Hums, a Marginal and a Sucko-barfo on the trot. It's worrying when I'm muting more often than I'm listening. RP has been a big, big influence on my musical tastes over the last few years for which I'm very grateful and I've been happy to cough up my monthly donation, but it surely does hit some real doldrums at times. This number is the aural equivalent of a Marmite sandwich.

 musickat wrote:
Great to hear this again.... still sounds incredible!
 
Sounds great - I'm listening to the 128 MP3 stream through WINAMP.

This song always manages to transport me somewhere I really want to be, even if only for a few minutes!
Great song by an underappreciated band!{#Clap}
Great to hear this again.... still sounds incredible!
Lovely song altogether.  Does a brilliant job at putting you right there by the sea.
My favorite MAW song too.  Nice contrast to the "popular" hits, really shows what this band was capable of.  Super nice to hear on RP too!
Suh-weet. My favorite MAW song! Nice way to end the week. RP rocks as always. This song has my second favorite bass groove ever. First place goes to Children in Bloom by the Counting Crows (probably a contentious statement to some).

I didn't like this at first but its grown on me - good song {#Music}
I think this is their best song. Very mellow mixing acoustic guitars and sax.
This song is moody, atmospheric fabulousness.  It's in the regular rotation on my ITunes  - but it's always nice to hear it on Paradise!

He sure has a great voice.  Very commanding.
I don't think their music has held up over time. Sounds tired and dated to me.


great song...  love it...


Arguably the ``Mens`` best song.Has an extraordinary feel to it and brings many memories

back to me in Darwin Australia. Party capital of the world.Well it certainly was in the eighties!


 Dave_Mack wrote:
Good stuff, often forgotten in the face of the big hits. It was good to hear this since I just got tickets for Ringo this summer, and Colin is playing with them. Should be cool.
 
Turns out it WAS cool.  They did some Men at Work songs — probably the big hits.  But Colin was great — very personable and he sounded great.

sweet! always loved this tune when it came out, thanks Bill for digging up some gems. 
Great to hear another side of this band (besides the obvious hit song "Down Under"). Very nice song, makes me think how over-looked/underrated they were. I love the atmosphere and slow groove of the song.
Nice!
LOVE! {#Bananasplit} LOVE!


Great song...  I remember when this came out...  I've got the album...


...is it just me, or did anyone else think that this was Yes, at first....?
Nice song, though....{#Chillpill}
Love this one and "No Time For Yesterday."  Wish they could have gotten more airplay back then, but then again, we didn't have RP, did we?
yummy yummy {#Sunny}

{#Meditate}
for a second, the intro brought 'Dark Matter' Porcupine tree to my mind...only slowed down a bit; must be the coffee



Yes...  this really is a fantastic song...



Love it...


I've always enjoyed Colin Hay's voice, and songwriting.  Very pleasant.
Finishing up high school when this album came out.   Great tune..................

Hard to believe this is close to 30 years old.    
{#Cool}
One of Bill's water sets.I wonder if it has anything to do with that swimmer guy in the forum lately ? Nah.......

 
Love this!!!  Love the tropical theme of the last few selections.  Heading down to the sea myself and leaving the cold weather for a short while!
Awww, this is my favourite song by these guys!  Thanks RP!!!! {#Sunny}
So sweet and eerie.  Kind of like how I feel most days.
Great atmosphere, still sounds good after all this time.
I like this song much better than the ones Men At Work became famous for.
 Thistle wrote:
Strange to hear this.  I thought is was the weakest song on the original album at the time.  But I was in grade 8 when it was released.  Not sure how I feel about it....
 

Interesting, because I thought it was the strongest, most interesting song on the album. Made me very excited about what the second album would be.
I also had this in 8th grade, wow hadn't heard in a long time.  thanks again bill
Strange to hear this.  I thought is was the weakest song on the original album at the time.  But I was in grade 8 when it was released.  Not sure how I feel about it....

not sure I like it yet.... but I am getting a thrill from hearing it for the first time in over twenty years.
Such a distinctive voice, Colin Hay, some solid solo efforts too. Great band!
wenatchee wrote:
Love this tune . . . down by the sea . . . evokes many memories of many trips to the ocean.
Amen. Great song and memories for those of us who grew up in the 80's.
putting out the bins in cold and windy weather rugging up for winter climbing up the cliffs you can see for miles far Beautiful saxophone. thanks for this - it's a song I'd forgotten.
Good stuff, often forgotten in the face of the big hits. It was good to hear this since I just got tickets for Ringo this summer, and Colin is playing with them. Should be cool.
Love this tune . . . down by the sea . . . evokes many memories of many trips to the ocean.
Never thought much of this group, but I like this song. Great to hear it again.
Great set this morning-going to Aruba tomorrow. Woooohooooo. Good send off!
Such a cool song. I love these guys.
The first two Men ta Work album were really, really, great works :jump:
Righteous set... Banana Boat Song > The Dock of the Bay > to some super cool obscure (to me) Men and work! Good work Bill!
Welly wrote:
He has such a unique voice. I have high hopes for him as Australia's new Environment Minister.
They're all men at work but this is Colin Hay singing. The Aussie minister of the environment is Midnight Oil's Peter Garrett, check out today's set about 12 or 15 songs back and there they are, The Oils I mean...edit...doh so slow I am, someone beat me to it
Somehow, I'd never heard this before. My loss!
Colin Hayes solo work is also great..I LOVE Men at Work..must have worn out three copies of "Cargo" on the old BoomBox
Welly wrote:
He has such a unique voice. I have high hopes for him as Australia's new Environment Minister.
That would be the lead singer from Midnight Oil, Peter Garrett, not the singer heard here..... :wink:
Oh wow, this was on my fave list at the age of 12, I guess 1981? haven't heard it pretty much since :) thank you bill
cool song, never heard it. But why do I feel like having a vegamite sandwich?
Oh my, take me back why don't you. I remember when I got this when it came out. Loved it then, loved it now. Back then I played some Sax too, gotta love that. Also digging the ocean theme Bill has going on again. -dave
He has such a unique voice. I have high hopes for him as Australia's new Environment Minister.
Yes, yes, yes! This is an example of why MAW was so much more than a pop band.
this is a great song from down under.
Never heard this before... kinda cool!
I think this song is a subtle promotion for RP's Costa Rica contest. Nicely done!
Wow. Right back in high school...
I always find it a shame when most folks remember MAW as something of a novelty act. This song and "Catch a Star" are lovely in a uniquely eerie way.
Thanks RP, I've not heard this song for about 20 years. I still have it, but only on vinyl. Reminds me what a good band Men at Work were - and what a great voice Colin Hay has. Cheers!
Hanging out at "Happy Trails", smoking a little and shooting the sh** with the guys, throwing back a few on Fri/Sat nights...Man am I old!! LOL :wink:
I always regarded these guys as a cute little band that played quirky songs. This song always seemed to reach for a bit more. Thanks for giving it a spin =] It's really a very beautiful piece.
Always loved these guys and this is one of my favorites. Thanks, Bill.
Love this tune :yes:
F&*ckIN A... reminds me of hauling ass on a friday night after school to hit the swell comin in. Good memory.
I really didn't like these guys when they came out. Ive really been enjoying their resurgence on RP.
I do love his voice. I have two Colin Hayes solo albums .. and his lyrics are corny - but there is something so likeable about him. Maybe it is nostalgia as that is a big factor in my appreciation of music.
Very nice song! Never heard it before... please play it again soon!
wow. I've never heard this song before but I recognized his voice immediately. I'm really liking this. loving the ocean theme going on, too.
man, i haven't heard this song in years. fun.
Down by the sea I found your hidden treasure Just you and me, We overdosed on pleasure Always liked those lyrics
...GREAT addition...summer song...
Last Played: Never ??? :doh: I'm asking myself, when this most brilliant song will be played here! :think:
This song has always packed an emotional wallop for me-from that Christmas morn back in '82 when I first got the cassette(Business As Usual)-to this very day.
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