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The Presets – Eucalyptus lyrics

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    This song seems to be about refugees who come by boat to Australia, and the government's policy of deporting them. The chorus refers to the smell of eucalyptus oil, which is a strong scent from the leaves of gum trees.

    Parts of the song are sung from the perspective of the refugee, who seems to have been traumatized. His memory is fuzzy, except for the smell of gum trees. I guess smell can evoke a sense of place even if the memory isn't clear, how things felt usually remain intact.

    The song makes me think of the despair of surviving the often lethal passage to Australia, having nowhere to go, and being send back to where you were running from. Some of the refugees deported from Australia have since been killed by the Taliban.
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