When a rockstar becomes a politician

Midnight Oil's Peter Garrett is no longer the lead singer of this iconic 80's band. He is now Australia's current Labor (Democrat) Environment Minister. The band is getting back together for a gig to raise money for the victims of the recent fires. Trouble is, some of his biggest hits aren't quite on (Labor Party ) message .

Take "US Forces":

Us forces give the nod, its a setback for your country
Bombs and trenches all in rows, bombs and threats still ask for more
Divided world the cia, who controls the issue
You leave us with no time to talk, you can write your assessment

Sing me songs of no denying, seems to me too many trying
Waiting for the next big thing

Will you know it when you see it, high risk children dogs of war
Now market movements call the shots, business deals in parking lots
Waiting for the meat of tomorrow

Sing me songs…

Everyone is too stoned to start emission
People too scared to go to prison
Were unable to make decision
Political party line dont cross that floor
Lt. ron hubbard cant save your life
Superboy takes a plutonium wife
In the shadow of ban the bomb we live

Sing me songs…

1 thought on “When a rockstar becomes a politician”

  1. You’re right that Garrett’s anti-nuclear personal opinions on the ANZUS treaty for renewal of US bases and the Pine Gap missile defence system contradict the ALP party line.
    Difficult to express opposition to so crucial a military alliance when you’re a lowly environment minister, probably given the job to deliver radical votes to a conservative party.
    Some of the above lyrics are wrong, not substantially, but should be tidied-up.


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