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Cold Chisel – Star Hotel lyrics

All last night we were learning
Drank our cheques by the bar
Somewhere bridges were burning
As the walls came down at the Star
Squadcars fanned the insanity
Newsteams fought through the crowd
Spent last night under custody
And the sun found me on the road

At the Star Hotel
At the Star Hotel
They better listen cause we're ringin' a bell
Ain't no deals, we got nothing to sell
Just a taste of things to come at the Star Hotel

(Here lies a local culture
Most nights were good, some were bad
Between school and a shifting future
It was most of all we had)
Those in charge are getting crazier
Job queues grow through the land
An uncontrolled Youth in Asia
Gonna make those fools understand

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    This song was written about a major riot that took place in sydney (or was it woollongong?) in the early 80's triggered by the demolition of the star hotel, it resulted in cars being turned over and set alight, multiple arrests and clashes between rioters and police. They were protesting over the demolition of the hotel for a development but the riots symbolised the unhappiness of youth during an era of high unemployment and social change.
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    Matt Hope
    Close The Star was in Newcastle, 2.5hr north of Sydney.

    "The Star Hotel riot, occasioned by the closing down of a popular pub, was one of the largest riots in Australian history. An estimated 4,000 people fought with police on the streets of Newcastle, New South Wales on the night of 19 September 1979."
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