Mark Seymour – Paradise Down Under

Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Studio 4:20 Mark Seymour Embedded album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live 4:03 Mark Seymour Live At The Basement album and video. Moderately rare. Not available new.

Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

From Mark’s site:

Backpacker’s dream. Young Australian leaves the family home in Kew, for a trip around the world…before settling into his degree course in Medicine at Melbourne University. There are tearful goodbyes at the departure gates, and he steps through the doorway in his Wallabies jumper. Several months later he disappears in Madagascar during a famine. His passport is stolen. He finds himself in a gutter, bowl in hand.

 

Lyrics

I’ve never seen so many faces
Hope was shining in their eyes
One day rolls into another
And in a breath the baby dies

I didn’t know what I was missing
In paradise down under
I never knew where we belonged until now
I was only escaping
Paradise down under

Down and out in Madagascar
They fight to live another day
When you remind me of a good life
This world is blowing me away

I know what I was missing
In paradise down under
I never knew where I belonged until now
I was only escaping
Paradise down under

If only you were here
You would see what I’ve become
My eyes are open
I used to be so innocent but in the end I had to let it go

It’s only something missing
In paradise down under
I never knew where we belonged until now
I was only escaping
Paradise down under

Paradise down under

Paradise down under

Paradise down under