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Paul Kelly – From St Kilda To Kings Cross lyrics

From St Kilda to Kings Cross is thirteen hours on a bus
I pressed my face against the glass and watched the white lines rushing past
And all around me felt like all inside me
And my body left me and my soul went running
Have you ever seen Kings Cross when the rain is falling soft?
I came in on the evening bus, form Oxford Street I cut across
And if the rain don't fall too hard everything shines
Just like a postcard
Everything goes on just the same
Fair-weather friends are the hungriest friends
I keep my mouth well shut, I cross their open hands
I want to see the sun go down from St Kilda esplanade
Where the beach needs reconstruction, where the palm trees have it hard
I'd give you all of Sydney harbour (all that land, all that water)
For that one sweet promenade

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    This is a favourite song of Paul Kelly's for me. It's the story of a young man moving to the big city (Sydney - Kings Cross) and being caught up in the wonderment of it, but, over time, realising that the people there who he thought were his friends were actually rather superficial (fairweather friends - not there for you when you really need them), and he misses his home (Melbourne - St Kilda) even though it's not as shiny and glitzy (where the beach needs re-construction, where the palm trees have it hard). He'd give up the big glitzy city for the gritty place where his friends were really his friends. Fantastic song.
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