Song Name: Celebration

Songwriter: Neil Robertson

Copyright: 2006

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Lyrics:

CELEBRATION

Every time I raise my head and look out on this nation
There seems to be another well spun back-patting occasion
To tell us all how good we are
To say that we're the brightest star
That rides upon this global constellation

And every one beneath this sun of great expectation
Seems to be content to bathe in congratulation
But I don't want to join that crowd
I don't see much to cheer about
I think I'll just rain check this celebration

'Cos ooh, we've got so much more to know
Ooh, we've got so much more to grow
The walls are up but we don't care
We lock up kids and leave them there
How can we raise our arms in celebration?

And every night as we plug into our plasma play stations
Its easy to forget about the world's degradation
All the sparks of light we burn
Are ashes in our children's urn
But no-one wants to hear that complication

And ooh, we've got so much more to know
Ooh, we've got so much more to grow
There's not much more free gold to mine
We're living well on borrowed time
How can we raise our arms in celebration?

And every time my eyes collide with views of needless pain and violence
Every time my ears are stung by bald faced lies that meet with silence
Every time the land I love is hijacked by the ones above, I cry

I thought I knew once what it meant to be Australian
I thought we dug in deep side by side through storms or plain sailing
Now I'm not sure we're still there
Its pretty clear that we don't care
And blinded by our fortune is our failing

But tonight I look in on my latest creation
She seems to be smiling in youthful elation
And I don't want to fight no more
'Cos she's the one that I adore
And maybe in these dreams we tend
We'll find the truth that leads us home again
Yeah maybe its an aberration
And kindness skips a generation
Maybe there's a piece of earth that we can till until we learn someday

I guess hope is ample cause for celebration