Song Lyric Sunday – Can You Make a New Start?

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Begin/End/Finish/Start.

My choice is Australia by The Men They Couldn’t Hang (a British folk punk group). The track is from their 1990 album The Domino Club.

This song never fails to move me, and I have played it to death. I also tend to belt it out at the top of my voice after a glass of gin. (Why does that stuff make me so maudlin?).

But I defy anyone not to be moved by this haunting tale of missed opportunities and the sad beauty of a relationship’s end. I don’t need a gin and tonic for this song to make me weep.

Now you’re off in Australia
Have you opened new doors
We said keep in touch but we don’t write so much
Have we nothing to say anymore

There were tears at the airport
There were jokes and goodbyes
We said it is clear, just the whiskey and beer
Gone to water our eyes

Then you’re gone and I’m thinking
Would I see you again
I felt part of me follow you over sea
I’d lost more than a friend

Does the food taste so good there
Does the air smell so sweet
Is there greener grass
Water clear as glass
Does your life feel complete

They say the world’s getting smaller
But at the moment we seem worlds apart
It could have been different
It could have been me
That made the new start

Now you’re off in Australia
Now you’ve opened that door
We said keep in touch but we don’t write so much
Have we nothing to say anymore

Songwriters: Nick Muir, Paul Simmonds, Phil Odgers, Ricky McGuire, Stefan Cush, & Jon Odgers
© Kassner Associated Publishers Ltd., Cherry Red Songs

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