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Midnight Oil — Blue Sky Mine (live acoustic)
Album: The Real Thing
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Released: 2000
Length: 4:16
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Hey, hey, hey, hey
(There'll be food on the table tonight)
Hey, hey, hey
(There'll be pay in your pocket tonight)

My gut is wrenched out, it is crunched up and broken
My life that is lived is no more than a token
Who'll strike the flint upon the stone and tell me why?

If I yell out at night there's a reply of blue silence
The screen is no comfort, I can't speak my sentence
They blew the lights at heaven's gate and I don't know why

But if I work all day on the blue sky mine
(There'll be food on the table tonight)
Still I walk up and down on the blue sky mine
(There'll be pay in your pocket tonight)

The candy store paupers lie to the shareholders
They're crossing their fingers, they pay the truth makers
The balance sheet is breaking up the sky

So I'm caught at the junction, still waiting for medicine
The sweat of my brow keeps on feeding the engine
Hope the crumbs in my pocket can keep me for another night

And if the blue sky mining company won't come to my rescue
If the sugar refining company won't save me
Who's gonna save me?
Who's gonna save me?
Who's gonna save me?

But if I work all day on the blue sky mine
(There'll be food on the table tonight)
And if walk up and down on the blue sky mine
(There'll be pay in your pocket tonight)
And some have sailed from a distant shore
(And the company takes what the company wants)
And nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground

Who's gonna save me?
Who's gonna save me?
I pray that sense and reason brings us in
Who's gonna save me?
Who's gonna save me?
We got nothing to fear

In the end the rain comes down
In the end the rain comes down
Washes clean the streets of the blue sky town
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 ick wrote:
Who's gonna shave me?

 
The song is about a miner dying from asbestosis.
they have started touring again btw... 
 Azrica wrote:
wow ! they are fantastic live !

 
Yes they are. So happy I got to see them when they toured California back in... June 1990 (had to look that up, LOL).
They sound as awful live as they do canned.
Parliamentarian Peter Garrett

 
Great band. Not one of their best songs.
I thank RP immensely for introducing me to this and other Aussie bands (such as Boy & Bear), so that my musical knowledge of Oz isn't restricted to the cliched Men at Work. I don't know if yer man sold out after Midnight Oil or not, but for sure the band wears its political heart on its sleeve, and consciousness-raising is half of the work of political and social change. I'll bet they got some hostile receptions in Oz, so kudos to them for keeping going.
wow ! they are fantastic live !
Much prefer them live.  I don't like his studio voice.
I hadn't heard this version. Cool.
M.O. kiks butt{#Dancingbanana}
Outstanding quality and lyrics, have always enjoyed this group's artistry, but especially that this is live. Thanks a lot, Radio Paradise, keep it up.
First time hearing his version, love it, does anyone out there have any advice on buying tracks or cd from the provided links? bought a couple the quality of the mp3s leavees me wanting, is that just the way it is with mp3 downloads ?
Thanks Bill, {#Dancingbanana}
 Jlennon wrote:
I can't believe rp is playing MO again, politically speaking garret latched on to these talented musos through his political alignment and left them in the same manner PG is a political and misical disgrace.
 
If by disgrace you mean dedicating your life to honorable political ideals through activism and art than, I guess he's king of the disgraces. I'm certainly no expert on Australian politics but it appears that as a politician he's tried to remain true to his ideals, while balancing the economic needs of citizens and corporations with attempts at environmentally sound practices. It's all well-and-good to say you're against Uranium mining because of the environmental costs, but than you have to face the people who's livelihoods depend on the weight of your decisions. I give him credit for walking the walk his entire life, even if it means adapting to new political realities and alienating some old supporters.

 
I can't believe rp is playing MO again, politically speaking garret latched on to these talented musos through his political alignment and left them in the same manner PG is a political and misical disgrace.
...this may be live, but it's not entirely acoustic...
 ick wrote:
Who's gonna shave me?

 
rotfl {#Lol}
I saw MO once during the big arena days post-beds-are-burning.  They stopped the show two songs in and Peter went to the edge of the stage to talk to a young girl who was there with her dad.  By young, I mean six years old.  Peter asked her if she had earplugs in, and he told her how precious her hearing was and had a roadie run some earplugs out for her.  I was a fan before that, and have been one ever since.
I'd never heard them acoustic before - that lead singer drives me bugf*ck, but the band as a whole is solid. And I like the passion and power in the music and lyrics. They care about what they sing and play about, and that's a big deal. Upon listening to this one, I think I like them better acoustic. More earthy. Except, lose the harmonica. Geez - my worst nightmare is Neil Young, Bob Dylan and  Bruce Springsteen all onstage, playing harmonicas to "Jokerman." Guh...
I saw the Oils many,many times through the 1980s on the Sydney pub circuit, they were always great live, Peter Garret was always so energetic on stage.  Pity as our environment minister he does not have some of that old energy he had on stage.  I still love their music.   {#Wave}
Who's gonna shave me?

 denbear wrote:
They never were a live band. Much better in the studio. Can't sing to save his life.
 
Jeepers, when did you see them? They f**king rock live.

 denbear wrote:
They never were a live band. Much better in the studio. Can't sing to save his life.
 
"Live" recordings of theirs don't begin to capture the live experience.  If we're talking recordings, I'd probably choose the studio versions over the handful of live recordings I've heard.  But, they are something else in person.

 Bridieboo wrote:
Aw yes, Midnight Oil...before Peter Garrett became a politician and his balls fell off... {#Arghhh}
 
Yes he's been a major disappointment as a politician {#Cry} (hope Obama doesn't mimic him). But at least we have the music.
 denbear wrote:
They never were a live band. Much better in the studio. Can't sing to save his life.
 
Have you ever seen them live?  
Aw yes, Midnight Oil...before Peter Garrett became a politician and his balls fell off... {#Arghhh}


Saw em at clayquot.  These guys are awsome!
They never were a live band. Much better in the studio. Can't sing to save his life.
Grates

Like vegemite

my ears, my ears

(yes, I've had vegemite in my ears.  Don't ask....)
Hi it's just for the begin very very good......
So lovely
 nigelr wrote:
Infinitely better to experience live.
The Oils cut their teeth in the 'pub rock' circuit where a live performance made or broke an act........these guys were pretty much top of tree.

 

ditto ditto ditto

f**king awesome power.

best Australasian act back in the day - period.

Infinitely better to experience live.
The Oils cut their teeth in the 'pub rock' circuit where a live performance made or broke an act........these guys were pretty much top of tree.

Can't stand this...
 Excelsior wrote:
Incredibly horrible lead vocals.
 

Agreed
true...the vocals are a little ragged.  but it IS live.
AND it's a MONSTER cool song.
Incredibly horrible lead vocals.
EssexTex wrote:
:ass:
Indeed, sounds like a backyard band.
:ass:
mefrombrazil wrote:
Great. The Oils are better live. :guitarist: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:
Damn straight. Hands down one of the best live acts I've ever seen.
Good timing - as we listen to this, general election in Aus, with Garrett running!
Great. The Oils are better live. :guitarist: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:
teapot wrote:
..coming from Australia does not help your career prospects. And now they are no more.
I'd say they had a pretty good career. Its just our loss that they're no longer around as the 'Oils.
sniff! I miss the Oils. Saw them live 3 times, including once in a tiny drunken pub in Sydney's western suburbs. Those guys put on some amazing shows.
Boosiewolf wrote:
Oh, what a KICKASS version of this!!! Wish they'd get back together so I could see them perform it. :jump:
Sing it Sistah!! :high-five:
One of the best bands in the whole world. I think they are better than U2, but coming from Australia does not help your career prospects. And now they are no more.
jsjacob wrote:
Sounds good. The description "live acoustic" is incorrect, though. "Live" yes. But not "acoustic". The acoustic guitar is in the original. Then again, I think the "acoustic" description for many live performances is mistaken. The PA system is powered. The recording equipment is powered. Does it really just mean acoustic guitars instead of electric guitars?
I clearly hear an acoustic guitar in this recording and an audience applauding....
Sounds good. The description "live acoustic" is incorrect, though. "Live" yes. But not "acoustic". The acoustic guitar is in the original. Then again, I think the "acoustic" description for many live performances is mistaken. The PA system is powered. The recording equipment is powered. Does it really just mean acoustic guitars instead of electric guitars?
The perfect opening song for their act. Saw them do it electric in a 1000 person venue. Blown away.
Good song, but the original has much more fervor. 7
slickskater52 wrote:
I mean I wouldn't want the singing to change so much that you couldn't recognize it, but would it be so much to ask for a little variation?
Ageed....i think its a well written song but needs alittle variety.
leathepea wrote:
Thats a good thing, right? I never liked it when the singing changed so much that you can't even recognize it.
I mean I wouldn't want the singing to change so much that you couldn't recognize it, but would it be so much to ask for a little variation?
Oh, what a KICKASS version of this!!! Wish they'd get back together so I could see them perform it. :jump:
BillnDollarBaby wrote:
Such a great song... this version doesn't sound too different from the original though.
Thats a good thing, right? I never liked it when the singing changed so much that you can't even recognize it.
coloradojohn wrote:
Oh, baby -- tears in my eyes, and it ain't just the onions! Thanks a mill, Bill!
... make that a bill Bill! :wink: Love this live acoustic version!
Pete is an Aussie MP these days, and doing quite well. Maybe a future minister.... https://www.theage.com.au/news/management/g-force/2007/04/17/1176696814782.html
wonderful to hear some local stuff... :dancingbanana: GO THE OILS!!!!!
Oh, baby -- tears in my eyes, and it ain't just the onions! Thanks a mill, Bill!
:cheers: My upload. Great band, great song -- there are other excellent tunes on this CD, so check it out.
Wow! This has some real zip! It's a conspiracy, you know - every evening it comes to going home time, and RP decides to play tracks right up my street and the only way I can get home is to wrench the phones from my bonce. Gimme a break, guys :naughty:
harmaton wrote:
excellent song and an excellent version to boot. :)
My comment was not a reply to yours... but it does look like it. We posted at the exact same time. :angel:
Such a great song... this version doesn't sound too different from the original though.
excellent song and an excellent version to boot. :)
there will pay in your pocket tooonniiiiight! These guys bring it.