Night Parrots

by Dan Warner

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Is That What They’re Saying about me now, Is That What They’re Saying now I’m not around? That I slept on the couch That I woke up the landlord That I snored and you were bored and I never rewarded you Is That What They’re Saying about me now And do you believe them at all? Is That What They’re Saying about you now, Is That What They’re Saying now you’re part of their crowd? That you were too young, That’s not love that’s just bad wine That you were just blinded by the joker who reminded you Of the king that still pines for you And you’re so lucky that you got out in time Is That What They’re Saying about you now And do you believe them at all? Is That What They’re Saying about us now, Is That What They’re Saying now we are alone? That we never held hands, That we never held kisses, That the lady next door never called us Mr and Mrs When we both came home with fish and chips and an ice-cream ‘Cause we wanted to stay in, ‘cause we never needed anyone Is That What They’re Saying about us now And do you believe them at all?
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BERNIE When Bernie came back from the war He married his best friend’s girl She was a beauty From outside Jerilderie The day Frank had met his destiny Bernie said he’d keep an eye on her When Bernie arrived on the quay He saw Rosanna almost straightaway Bernie wished he’d died instead He couldn’t tell Rosanna Frank was dead Through his tears all Bern had said, ‘It’s me, it’s only me, Hey it’s me, it’s only me’ Bernie Picked Frank’s son up in his arms Bernie Took Rosie’s hand and walked towards the car He couldn’t fail to see A friend’s responsibility That year before the kid turned three Bern wed Rosanna in her mum’s backyard Bern wed Rosanna in her mum’s backyard The first night that he got home from the plant With ringing ears and aching in the hands Bernie knew his die’d been cast Frank’s boy came running up the path And to Rosanna in the dark ‘It’s Dad, look Mum it’s Dad Hey it’s Dad, look Mum it’s Dad’ Bernie Took on someone else’s life Bernie Took Rosanna for his wife First day he loved her And each day loved her stronger But each night Bernie wondered, Did Rose love him or only love Frank’s child? When Bernie’s wars had all been lost and won And even young Frank grown up and gone That night when he got into bed He knew exactly what his life had meant Rosie kissed his cheek and said, ‘Hey Bern, you know I loved you all along Hey Bern, you know I loved you all along’ ‘Bernie’ A voice calls in the night ‘Bernie I can’t breathe, please turn on the light’ Bernie Pulls Rosanna to his chest ‘Bernie You were never second best’ She was a beauty From outside Jerilderie He was just Bernie ‘It’s me, it’s only me Hey it’s me, it’s only me, Rosanna It’s me, it’s only me Hey it’s me, it’s only me’
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Don’t sing me an Anthem ‘Cause you don’t know the words Words are hard to remember When they mean nothing at all To the hordes who’re still waiting For their voice to be heard Don’t sing me your Anthem When your Anthem’s absurd We might have been born here But we’re not young and free We weren’t born yesterday And only liberal by degree This land may be beautiful But it cannot be called fair Don’t sing me an Anthem Until we’ve learned how to share We are the ‘lucky country’ Where anyone can win If you were born to the right family And have the white coloured skin So don’t sing me my Anthem ‘Cause the words can’t be felt What’s pride in a country Without pride in yourself? Don’t sing me an Anthem ‘Cause you don’t know the words Words are hard to remember When they mean nothing at all To the hordes who’re still waiting For their voice to be heard Don’t sing me your Anthem When your Anthem’s absurd
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released October 1, 2008

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Dan Warner Melbourne, Australia

Dan Warner is a songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. In the 80s and 90s, Dan sang and played rhythm guitar in several local bands including The Warner Brothers, Overnight Jones, Dan & Al and The Largest Living Things. Dan now plays with his band ‘The Night Parrots’ featuring Marcel Borrack, Nathan Farrelly and Ash Davies. The band is currently recording a new album, set for release in 2021. ... more

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