Music for Week 12: Songs about Melbourne

Since Melbourne is one of the hot spots for music in Australia, it has been serenaded by multiple artist across various genres.

Some examples:

Jet – Move On

Flinders Street railway station is one of the main public transport hubs in Melbourne.

10.34: Flinders Street Station
I’m lookin’ down the tracks
Uniformed man askin’ am I paid up
Why would I wanna be that?

Crowded House – Four Seasons in One Day

Melbourne’s unofficial anthem about the ever-changing weather of the city.

Four seasons in one day
Lying in the depths of your imagination
Worlds above and worlds below
Sun shines on the black clouds hanging over the domain
Even when you’re feeling warm
The temperature could drop away like four seasons in one day

The Living End – All Torn Down

The Living End saw how their beloved Melbourne changed in the hands of redevelopers. 

I see the city and it isn’t what it used to be
A million houses goin’ up and down in front of me
No time to let the concrete set before it’s broken up again
Don’t care if it’s historic
Don’t really care at all
I see the city and it’s grown into a big machine
The streets are freeways and the parks are just a memory
No time to let the concrete set before it’s broken up again
Don’t care if it’s historic, don’t really care at all

Paul Kelly – Leaps and Bounds

Paul Kelly sings about some of Melbourne’s historic land marks.

I’m high on the hill
Looking over the bridge
To the M.C.G
And way up on high
The clock on the silo
Says eleven degrees

Courtney Barnett – Depreston

Barnett retells her story of finding a home in the northern suburbs of Melbourne:

We drive to a house in Preston, we see police arresting a man with his hand in a bag.
How’s that for first impressions? This place seems depressing.

 

Bonus video: AC/DC used 1976 Melbourne as the backdrop for their music video for the song It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll).


sources and starting point for more research:
List of songs about Melbourne on Wikipedia
List of songs about Melbourne on theculturetrip.com
List of songs about Melbourne on tonedeaf.com

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