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Flame Trees - by Cold Chisel.
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Written by Steve Prestwich/Don Walker
From "Twentieth Century"

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 forgotton feeling of her
Time to book a room and stay tonight.
Number one is to find some friends to say "You're doing wel..."
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.
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.
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    UnregisteredSep 2, 2012 at 8:18 am
    I just remade the song for a karaoke company. I have been to australia, yes, been there and i made my mark... The people, mayor band and town wanted me to stay, but immigration rules kicked me out... Anyways,
    i just now realized this is an aussie song.

    This bloke is coming home to his small town and i think he is hooking up with childhood and high school friends. But for some reason, there is a stronger reason than normal, he is having a hard time coming back. She is gone, but i think it's more than a breakup. I think the catch is that she is probably deceased. The term, "flame trees" is confusing to me. The 50's chorus is really deep and very epic. I think she died, he fell into denial, and now faces the town they met for the first time. I dunno, all i know is , i like the song alot.
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    UnregisteredNov 4, 2013 at 4:12 am
    I heard that the song is about Don Walkers home town of Grafton as shown by the Lyric, "one of two Hotels". It is a country town with nothing much going on. It is a long boring drive to the next big town, so the lyric "blind the weary Driver". Flame tree are a native Australian tree with bright red flowers. It is about an old girlfriend, who, I suspect, died of a Heroin overdose. The flame tree flowers usually flowers in spring and only when under stress from bushfires or dry seasons. The Flame tree is a Monocotyledon and is more closely related to grass than other trees. It is usually found in rain forests. Sarah Blasko does a fabulous version of this song.
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    UnregisteredAug 30, 2012 at 4:27 am
    This is my town, flame tree is our shire floral emblem, and we sure have shared some history, 3 kids and 2 grandkids born here and one big mother of a cyclone that ripped it apart... We sing this and we are home and safe and loved
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    UnregisteredAug 22, 2012 at 8:15 am
    This song reminds me of a guy that i wish something would happen betwwen us but he just doesnt notice the fact your there and your thee onee,lol.
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    UnregisteredJul 9, 2012 at 5:36 am
    Jimmy was pack raped by a bunch of autoworkers, with ring spanners and torque wrenches. . . And no spit. Pretty messed up he sings of the tree they tied him to and the "flames" refers to his anal webbing being split. Poor bloke

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