Home Turf

It doesn’t always feel obvious, but there was a reason why we moved out to the New Forest all those years ago.

Today it was grey all morning, so we went out and did the grocery shopping. It had brightened up by the time we had finished so we stopped at one of our old haunts on the way home. We were just outside the village of Wood Green, just a few miles from home. I used to enjoy these views every time I went out on my bike.

Song Lyric Sunday (3 November 2019) – Direction

Last week, Jim (NewEpicAuthor, A Unique Title For Me) set the subject of lost and found (my attempt). This week he gives us the subject of direction.

So I decided to go for a real foot-tapper from Men at Work. Men at Work have been going for forty years, although in that time, the lineup has changed. Down Under hails from the early days – it was actually released in 1980, but took a few years to travel around the world, reaching #1 in both the UK and the USA along the way.

The song was penned by Colin Hay and Ron Strykert, founder members of the group, and is loosely about an Aussie who travels the world.

Traveling in a fried-out combie
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
She took me in and gave me breakfast

And she said Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six-foot-four and full of muscles
I said, “do you speak-a my language?”
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich

And he said I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover, yeah

Lyin’ in a den in Bombay
With a slack jaw, and not much to say
I said to the man, “are you trying to tempt me
Because I come from the land of plenty?”


And he said Do you come from a land down under? (oh yeah yeah)
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover

Living in a land down under
Where women glow and men plunder
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover

Colin Hay, Ron Strykert