Midnight Oil (Diesel And Dust)

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Official Album Cover

The Album

In the heart of 1987, Australian rock band Midnight Oil unleashed “Diesel and Dust,” their seventh studio album that would not only redefine their sound but also leave an indelible mark on the global music scene. With its distinctive blend of political activism, environmental consciousness, and raw rock energy, “Diesel and Dust” stands as a masterpiece that resonates as powerfully today as it did upon its release.

From the very first notes of “Beds Are Burning,” the album’s opening track, listeners are plunged into the heart of Midnight Oil’s sonic universe. The driving rhythms, Peter Garrett’s impassioned vocals, and the song’s incisive lyrics make it an anthem of both cultural and social significance. Addressing indigenous land rights and environmental concerns, “Beds Are Burning” set the tone for the album’s themes of activism and a call for change.

As the album progresses, tracks like “Put Down That Weapon” and “Dreamworld” continue to showcase Midnight Oil’s commitment to shedding light on important issues. The band’s unique ability to blend thought-provoking lyrics with energetic rock instrumentation creates an immersive experience that challenges listeners to reflect on their role in the world around them.

“Diesel and Dust” doesn’t just stop at political commentary; it also delves into personal introspection. Tracks like “The Dead Heart” and “Sell My Soul” explore themes of identity, longing, and self-discovery. The music’s evocative power, combined with Garrett’s distinctive voice, carries listeners through an emotional journey that resonates on a profound level.

The album’s sonic landscape mirrors the vastness of the Australian outback that inspired it. The driving guitar riffs, propulsive drums, and occasional indigenous influences create a sound that’s both urgent and rooted in the land. “Put down that weapon or we’ll all be gone,” Garrett’s rallying cry in “Put Down That Weapon,” becomes a rallying cry for a world in need of change.

“Diesel and Dust” reaches its zenith with the anthemic “Bullroarer” and the reflective “Sometimes.” The former is an embodiment of the album’s raw energy, while the latter channels a more introspective mood, serving as a contemplative interlude in the midst of the album’s sonic tumult.

Closing with “Forgotten Years,” Midnight Oil reminds us that history is often the catalyst for change. The song’s soaring chorus and poignant lyrics serve as both a reflection on the past and a call to action for a better future.

Conclusion

In retrospect, “Diesel and Dust” by Midnight Oil isn’t just an album; it’s a journey through time, space, and the human experience. With its profound themes, explosive energy, and unapologetic activism, the album remains a testament to the power of music to inspire change and ignite conversations. As the world continues to grapple with environmental and social challenges, the album’s relevance endures, reminding us that the echoes of its message are still reverberating through the years.

Track Listing

  1. Beds Are Burning
  2. Put Down That Weapon
  3. Dreamworld
  4. Arctic World
  5. Warakurna
  6. The Dead Heart
  7. Whoah
  8. Bullroarer
  9. Sell My Soul
  10. Sometimes

Beds Are Burning

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Lyrics

Out where the river broke
The bloodwood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in 45 degrees

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share

The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back

How can we dance
When our earth is turning?

How do we sleep
While our beds are burning?

How can we dance
When our earth is turning?

How do we sleep
While our beds are burning?

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
Now to pay our share

Four wheels scare the cockatoos
From Kintore East to Yuendemu
The western desert lives and breathes
In 45 degrees

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share

The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back

How can we dance
When our earth is turning?

How do we sleep
While our beds are burning?

How can we dance
When our earth is turning?

How do we sleep
While our beds are burning?

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent now
To pay our share

The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
We’re gonna give it back

How can we dance
When our earth is turning?

How do we sleep
While our beds are burning?

Reference

Diesel and Dust – Wikipedia