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Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine – 1990


    Hey, hey-hey hey
    There’ll be food on the table tonight
    Hey, hey, hey hey
    There’ll be pay in your pocket tonight

    My gut is wrenched out it is crunched up and broken
    A life that is led 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 bruised 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 at 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 share holders
    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?But if I work all day…

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

    In the end the rain comes down
    Washes clean, the streets of a blue sky town