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Midnight Oil – One Country lyrics

Who'd like to change the world
Who wants to shoot the curl
Who gets to work for bread
Who wants to get ahead

Who hands out equal rights
Who starts and ends that fight
And not rant and rave
Or end up a slave

Who can make hard won gains
Fall like the summer rain
Now every man must be
What his life can be
So don't call me the tune, I will walk away

Who wants to please everyone
Who says it all can be done
Still sit up on that fence
No-one I've heard of yet

Don't call me baby
Don't talk in maybes
Don't talk like has-beens
Sing it like it should be

Who laughs at their nagging doubts
Lying on a neon shroud, running around
Just got to touch someone
I want to be

So don't call me the tune, I will walk away

One country one
Country one country

Who wants to sit around
Turn it up, turn it down
Only a man can be
What his life can be
One vision
One people
One landmass
We are defenceless
We have a lifeline

One ocean
One policy
Seabed lies
One passion

One movement
One instant
One difference
One lifetime
One understanding

One country
One understanding

One island
One placemat
One firmament
One element
One moment
One fusion
Yes, and one time

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    Ken Duncan describe this song has anointing, which I believe it has. I have already hear this song about 50 times or more but still not able to understanding the meaning about this song. I know when it comes to one country. You are referring to oneness in this country. But the beginning of the song and middle of the song confuses me. Like "Who want to change the world" My comment is we all want to change the world -is it alright to think that way? Or your song sings contrary to that?
    When you say "who wants to .." I am not sure it is meant to be sargastic? Or you really mean to say of those who really set out to wants to change the world!
    I like your lyrics but not able to appreciate the impact of it. If you could explain a bit, it might inspire me.
    Cheers mate.
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