The Lucky Country Single

by Dave Wright & The Midnight Electric

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released September 27, 2014

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Dave Wright & The Midnight Electric Melbourne, Australia

Singer/songwriter/bandleader Dave Wright is after one thing: A perfect 4-minute pop song.
When he puts pen to paper and pick to guitar strings, however, the Melburnian-by-way-of-Colac knocks out epics and ravers and boozers about girls, cars, Australia, mariticide, Diggers, truckers, sadness, sickness, drunks, heartbroken mothers, angry fathers, desperate sons … and death. Lots of death. ... more

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Track Name: The Lucky Country
The Lucky Country

When I was a lad, my daddy took my hands,
He put ‘em in the dirt and said, “This makes you a man.”
He fought the drought and sun, the fires and the floods,
But people die for their country in more ways than one.

If we had our time again,
Would our hardest work,
Pick up all the pieces and
Make this the lucky country again?

But daddy died, I grew up, he left the farm and his luck,
But all my hardest work, it all turned to dust.
Because the markets they fell, the big companies rise,
And the little guy can’t fight the overseas price.

If we had our time again,
Would our hardest work,
Pick up all the pieces and
Make this the lucky country again?
Once there was a dream,
Now I don’t sleep at night,
Just the smell of gasoline and black smoke in the sky.

I poured the gas,
I lit the match,
With the bills stacked up and the Bank on my back.
I took the cheque,
With no regrets,
Walked off the land and I tried to forget.
You can never forget.

Now there’s rain on the streets, and the country’s heartbeat
It flickers and dies with the stench of deceit.
Now I work for the Bank, and I knock ‘em back,
If you can’t beat them join them, ain’t that a fact, Jack.

If we had our time again,
Would our hardest work,
Pick up all the pieces and
Make this the lucky country again?
Once there was a dream,
Now I don’t sleep at night,
Just the smell of gasoline and black smoke in the sky.
Just the smell of gasoline and black smoke in the sky,
The smell of gasoline; there’s black smoke in the sky.

Lyrics and music © Dave Wright 2012.