flame trees

A song by an old yet awesome Australian rock band, Cold Chisel. The first album I ever purchased, East, was by these guys.

As one fellow blogger pointed out recently, a scent can bring back long forgotten memories.

Ironically, this song is all about reminiscing. And it’s a tune from my youth that transports me back to those high school days.

Old friends. Growing up. When life was simpler. More carefree.

Fortunately, they’re alll good memories.

lyrics

‘Kids out driving Saturday afternoon just pass me by
I’m just savouring familiar sights.
We shared some history, this town and I
And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her.
Time to book a room and stay tonight.

Number one is to find some friends to say “You’re doing well…
After all this time you boys look just the same.”
Number two is the happy hour at one of two hotels,
And settle in to play “Do you remember so and so?”.
Number three is never say her name.

And Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
And there’s nothing else could set fire to this town.
There’s no change, there’s no pace,
Everything within it’s place
Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around.

But Oh! Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway?
You know it takes more than just a memory to make me cry
And I’m happy just to sit here, at a table with old friends
And see which one of us can tell the biggest lies.

And there’s a girl, she’s falling in love, near where the pianola stands
With a young local factory auto-worker, just holding hands
And I’m wondering if he’ll go or if he’ll stay.
Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field in our day.

Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
And there’s nothing else could set fire to this town.
There’s no change, there’s no pace,
Everything within it’s place
Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around.’

Flame Trees: Cold Chisel

Kim | 74.0

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