Hunters and Collectors – (Turn A) Blind Eye

Turn A Blind Eye (cover)

Turn A Blind Eye (cover)

 

The Single

Released In: [Australia / NZ] [USA – promo]

Release Date: 1989 (Australia), 1990 (USA)

Australian Chart Position: #42 (ARIA) / #40 (AMR).

Single Availability: Moderately rare.

Value: A$4-A$18.

All Australian single versions had Two Roads as a b-side.

 

Original Version(s)

Version Length Source Availability
Studio [1]  4:29 Ghost Nation album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Studio [1]  4:28 Natural Selection / Greatest Hits album and video. Extremely common. Available new in CD, CD/DVD, DVD and digital form.
Studio [1]  4:29 Crucible album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Studio [1] 4:29 Australian versions of Collected Works. Extremely common. Not available new.
Studio [1] 4:29 Turn A Blind Eye single. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Studio [1] 4:29 Sampler Ghost Nation EP. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Studio [1] 4:29 Anthology album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Studio [2] 4:26 1989 Ghost Nation Original Mixes Cassette. The Vault digital download at True Believers, 17 November 2013.
Live Acoustic 3:31 Mark Seymour Titanic album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live [1] 4:55 Spare Parts album. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Live [2]  4:44 Living In Large Rooms and Lounges album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live [3] 4:44 Under One Roof / Greatest Hits Live album and video. Extremely common. Available new in CD, DVD and digital form.
Live [4] 4:56 Sound Relief video. Extremely common. Available new in DVD form.
Live [5] 4:45 Live 2014 box set – Enmore 1 album. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live [6] 4:50 Live 2014 digital album (2014 version). Moderately rare. Not available new.
Live [6] 5:28 Live 2014 digital album (2017 version). Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Live [6] 5:28 Live 2014 box set – Palais 1 album. Extremely rare. Not available new.

 Recommended Version.

 

Cover Version(s)

Artist Version Length Source
Husky Studio 4:09 Crucible album.

 

Commentary

Comments from the Natural Selection liner notes (by Mark Seymour):

Stale croissants, strawberry jelly, weak tea, diesel exhaust, cold feet, illegal aliens, Gary Glitter’s sky blue g-string, silk cuts and warm lager, New Musical Express, Thatcher, Kajagoogoo, blue pyramids, the union jack, the British sneer, man wanted, ex-west end theatre lady with a gammy knee, Brick Lane, skins, race riots, nuclear chaos, the clogged sink in Earls Court, stank like rotten fry, cheating the underground, celibacy, delusions of grandeur…

 

Lyrics

When success is on your mind
But true direction is missing
You know the gods have lied – but you’re still smitten
By the stars in your eyes
I can tell you know where you are
Smile sweetly and you’ll be forgiven
You’re almost free – almost free to come and go
Bed setting room for ambitious prisoner

Walk away
Don’t take no for an answer
Turn a blind eye to it all
Let sleeping dogs lie
Down in Queensway

Like a bulldozer chasing butterflies
Down sad English streets you wander
Over sleeping bodies you step lightly
All the snow on the ground
Lets you pass by without a sound
One last look before you disappear

Walk away
Don’t take no for an answer
Turn a blind eye to it all
Let sleeping dogs lie
Down in Queensway
[repeat much later]