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Midnight Oil — Bushfire
Album: Earth And Sun And Moon
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6.8

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Total ratings: 1027









Released: 1993
Length: 4:36
Plays (last 30 days): 3
In my shoes, in my shoes
There is so much to remind me
As the stars come out above me, home

Cool wind, clear my head
Bright sun grow my food
Strong rain clear my heart
Fill my land
It's a new day

I don't know why it is sold
Don't know why it's so cold
In this life that we live

New day, new day, new day

In my shoes, in my shoes
There is so much to astound me
As the whirlpool spins around me, home

Bushfire, burn and grow
Sunset watch and rest low
Long night holding child close, feed my dream

It's a new day

I don't know why it is sold
Don't know why it's so cold
In this life that we live

New day new day new day

It's larger than life, it's darker than death
We're gonna move those mountains aside

Here come the messages

(Moginie/Garrett)
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Sorry neighbors, I just had to turn it up to 11 for this one!
 coloradojohn wrote:
It's hard to believe it's been 13 years since this came out! This album is rock-solid, loaded with messages still powerful and timely today, and it's SO GOOD to hear it cranking here today on RP! More Midnight Oil, anytime!
 
Twice as much now : 26 years, and it still rocks!
 ejsamuel wrote:
mefrombrazil wrote:
after the album DIESEL AND DUST, seems to me that MIDNIGHT OIL lost the road.Nowadays, some members are playing in another bands.
One notably with some crazy band called the "gov't of Australia"
 

 Jamus wrote:
Not to be a wet blanket on a cold night, this just isn't me; too formulaic and too contrived. It could have been generated through AI and no one would ever know.
 
Unfortunately, I have to agree despite being a fan of Midnight Oil. I like a lot of their stuff, but this falls flat for me. No worries though, plenty of other good stuff available from both Midnight Oil and on RP.
Not to be a wet blanket on a cold night, this just isn't me; too formulaic and too contrived. It could have been generated through AI and no one would ever know.
for a while I thought it was Matt Johnson from The The .
This album didn't get as much recognition as their previous work.  IMHO, it was excellent.  Love this band.  If they are still touring - GO see them live!
These guys have really matured in the second half of their career.   The whole album is great. 
 oppositelock wrote:

Tickets went on sale and sold out in a day here last year before I even knew they were touring.  :(
 
The live DVD / Cd is awesome.  Get it if only for Redneck Wonderland.
This song is the most haunting on this album.{#Eyes}
See, you would just never get a cut like this anywhere else. I remember having a single tape of this back in high school, a B-side of Truganini, I think
Super Band cool tune
 Vakse wrote:

Shoot, I missed their gig the other month....

{#Skull}

 

 



 
Tickets went on sale and sold out in a day here last year before I even knew they were touring.  :(

Shoot, I missed their gig the other month....

{#Skull}

 

 


WTF
very under-rated band - more please!
 Derecho wrote:
Here.  I came here to mention the same thing.

rah wrote:
does anyone else hear that little riff in the background (towards the end) that's exactly like the riff in "kiss them for me" by siouxie and the banshees?
 

 
It's exactly the same drum loop {#Drummer}
Forgot about this album, and song. Thanks for playing.
Whatever.
 HearsayDave wrote:
The most underrated album from an underrated band (outside of Australia).

 
“You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means”  
 HearsayDave wrote:
The most underrated album from an underrated band (outside of Australia).

 
Agreed. Great Oils album.
The most underrated album from an underrated band (outside of Australia).
Great tune by the Oily ones.
quite likeable!
 
I love the Oils, so at least an 8. (Higher rate is reserved for some of their best songs)
what a stellar track. surprised when I read Midnight Oil.
 malvey254 wrote:


Agreed.  Fantastic album beginning to end.  It's a "no-skip" album.

That said, Blue Sky Mining is their opus IMHO.

 
OK they are both good albums but let's hear it for 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 and for the Oils in general.  Shame old Pete couldn't deliver politically to the lofty heights of his idealism and music.
Perhaps their best song....
Truganini, Bushfire, Drums of Heaven... what an album!
Still gives me shivers after all these years. 9.
Was never really in to midnight oil and their political BS but now garrett is a usless politician I can only guess he was well supported musically by the rest of the band, what a shame for us in oz he is still not in the music business.
Here.  I came here to mention the same thing.

rah wrote:
does anyone else hear that little riff in the background (towards the end) that's exactly like the riff in "kiss them for me" by siouxie and the banshees?
 


 Stingray wrote:
...have a hard time to believe MO is that good!
 
Don't fash yourself.  They're not.


 casey1024 wrote:


A completely different song called Bushfire was on the 52s "Cosmic Thing".
 

...and?

...have a hard time to believe MO is that good!

One of my favorite Midnight Oil songs ever. I love Bones' high harmonies and the way it ends
Here come the messages...

Not my favorite!
 Excelsior wrote:
This is really wretched.  Par for the course for Midnight Oil.  {#Puke}
 
You have issues, in case you didn't know.  A good shrink should be your future!

I could hear more of Midnight Oil, that is for sure!
Yes Minister!
 Gartholamundi wrote:

i like it even more than Diesel, which seems dated to me now, but for the last 10 years this has stayed in my top 100 CDs.

 

Agreed.  Fantastic album beginning to end.  It's a "no-skip" album.

That said, Blue Sky Mining is their opus IMHO.
mongoose01ca wrote:
This entire album was sadly overlooked. Not as accessible as Diesel & Dust (although that's nearly a given), but certainly as rewarding a listen as Blue Sky Mining - lots of cool tracks.

It's too bad the Oils broke apart, but who knows? Maybe they'll reform at some point.

i like it even more than Diesel, which seems dated to me now, but for the last 10 years this has stayed in my top 100 CDs.

 Excelsior wrote:
This is really wretched.  Par for the course for Midnight Oil. 
 
This really miserable. Par for the course for our resident troll.

This entire album was sadly overlooked.  Not as accessible as Diesel & Dust (although that's nearly a given), but certainly as rewarding a listen as Blue Sky Mining - lots of cool tracks.

It's too bad the Oils broke apart, but who knows?  Maybe they'll reform at some point.
This is really wretched.  Par for the course for Midnight Oil.  {#Puke}
Love the piano and beat of this song...as simplistic as it may be.
trekhead wrote:
:eh:
:roflol:
rconlon wrote:
Wasn't Bushfire a song by the B-52's?
A completely different song called Bushfire was on the 52s "Cosmic Thing".
bobdylan wrote:
Sometimes hard to listen to on the radio, but great to see in person.
I don't know, sounds great to me on the "radio", but I never saw 'em live.
you can feel the heat coming in... :fire:
mefrombrazil wrote:
after the album DIESEL AND DUST, seems to me that MIDNIGHT OIL lost the road.Nowadays, some members are playing in another bands.
One notably with some crazy band called the "gov't of Australia"
after the album DIESEL AND DUST, seems to me that MIDNIGHT OIL lost the road.Nowadays, some members are playing in another bands.
rconlon wrote:
Wasn't Bushfire a song by the B-52's?
no. you're wrong, my friend. this is pure oils.
ncollingridge wrote:
Great track. I don't normally go for Midnight Oil, but this is excellent. Slight echo of The Cure or The The, though...?
Deffo echo of The The - the vocals sound a lot like Matt Johnson, and I honestly thought it was The The until I looked at the playlist. 7 from the Nottingham jury.
8 --> 9
Great track. I don't normally go for Midnight Oil, but this is excellent. Slight echo of The Cure or The The, though...?
:eh:
Neat. I find a lot of Midnight Oil to be busy and overdone, but this is set back a bit, with some subtlety to it.
Wasn't Bushfire a song by the B-52's?
slartibart_O wrote:
Fire Bush.
Gee, almost a year later and things have only gotten worse.
bobdylan wrote:
Sometimes hard to listen to on the radio, but great to see in person.
Especially when big tall ole bald Peter starts kickin' and waving his arms around. The band has to give him lots o'space. Very exciting performer.
In my shoes, in my shoes There is so much to remind me As the stars come out above me, home Cool wind, clear my head Bright sun grow my food Strong rain clear my heart Fill my land It's a new day I don't know why it is sold Don't know why it's so cold In this life that we live New day, new day, new day In my shoes, in my shoes There is so much to astound me As the whirlpool spins around me, home Bushfire, burn and grow Sunset watch and rest low Long night holding child close, feed my dream It's a new day I don't know why it is sold Don't know why it's so cold In this life that we live New day new day new day It's larger than life, darker than death We're gonna move those mountains aside
rah wrote:
does anyone else hear that little riff in the background (towards the end) that's exactly like the riff in "kiss them for me" by siouxie and the banshees?
haha, that's exactly what I was thinking, I was wondering if Bill was about to make a transition into that song and he'd mixed the two to pull it off
coloradojohn wrote:
It's hard to believe it's been 13 years since this came out! This album is rock-solid, loaded with messages still powerful and timely today, and it's SO GOOD to hear it cranking here today on RP! More Midnight Oil, anytime!
I do so vehemently agree coloradojohn, what a powerful force de force they have been for the Rights of the Aboriginal people and the Environment in general and to see them live in concert is a never to be forgotten experience!
Sometimes hard to listen to on the radio, but great to see in person.
rah wrote:
does anyone else hear that little riff in the background (towards the end) that's exactly like the riff in "kiss them for me" by siouxie and the banshees?
Yep. It's in there.
There's a lot of irony in the band name, song name, and album name. And to think they came out before the dark days of Bush take 2.
What an irritating voice(after 5 seconds)
does anyone else hear that little riff in the background (towards the end) that's exactly like the riff in "kiss them for me" by siouxie and the banshees?
It's hard to believe it's been 13 years since this came out! This album is rock-solid, loaded with messages still powerful and timely today, and it's SO GOOD to hear it cranking here today on RP! More Midnight Oil, anytime!
slartibart_O wrote:
Fire Bush.
:clap:
slartibart_O wrote:
Fire Bush.
What an excellent idea, and the song is pretty good too.
Fire Bush.
Somehow this band sounds very relevant these days!
Cool group, rippin' album. Miss the Oils.
:music: :sunny:
jeffersonpump wrote:
first Cat Power, then a Bushfire? what's going on here?
You forgot to include the fact that Cat Power's song "The Moon" started the "Bushfire" That must have been one POWERFUL bowl of chili!
first Cat Power, then a Bushfire? what's going on here?
Loved this album when it came out, but haven't listened to it for about 10 years. Then last week I was going through my CDs and pulled this one out. excellent collection of songs. It's great to rediscover an album - like listening to it again for the first time.
anniebear wrote:
now this is really amazing, a Midnight Oil song I actually enjoy! Wow, if all their music was a little more like this, I would prolly buy their albums. Most of their stuff I just find abrasive, but this is very nice.
I'm with you on this one - I think pretty much this whole album is excellent, but I'm not much of a fan otherwise.
:daisy: :sunny: :music: :sunny::daisy:
This is one of the best songs on one of the best albums of all time - for anyone - and hearing it here is making me a dedicated listener for good. If you haven't heard Earth & Sun & Moon all the way through go get it now, put on some headphones, and be amazed. Also one of the best live bands ever, alas no more.... :notworthy:
now this is really amazing, a Midnight Oil song I actually enjoy! Wow, if all their music was a little more like this, I would prolly buy their albums. Most of their stuff I just find abrasive, but this is very nice.
Believe it or not, I first saw them on American Bandstand. Dick Clark seemed to like them...
From Miss Chaos to this just didn't do it for me. I'll have to listen to it another time in another setting to decide how I like it.
haven't heard this since i saw them on tour with this album, an outdoor concert in July, the sun setting on PG's bald head. this song has a quiet majesty about it and I would also love to hear "my country".
If only the Oils had gotten together with Public Enemy...
My favorite of the Midnight Oil albums....a real classic cd that will always be one of my desert island discs. Outstanding song writing, and talented musicians make up one of the best bands ever.
Love the Oils!
Best thing to come out of Australia since Olivia Newton John!!
I love the oils. Thank you Bill for playing such a great song! And one of my uploads!
More Midnight Oil!!! Possibly my favorite band... I would love to hear "My Country" off this Disc as well.