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The Shins - Australia

[Intro]
"Time to put the ear covers on!"
"No!"

[Verse 1]
Born to multiply
Born to gaze into night skies
All you want's one more Saturday
Well, look here until then
They gonna buy your life's time
So keep your wick in the air and your feet in the fetters
'Til the day

[Pre-Chorus 1]
We come in doing cartwheels
We all crawl out by ourselves
And your shape on a dance floor
Will have me thinking such filth to gouge my eyes

[Chorus 1]
You'll be damned to be one of us girl
Faced with the dodo's conundrum
I felt like I could just fly
But nothing happened every time I try

[Verse 2]
A duotone on the wall
Selfless fool who hoped he'd save us all
Never dreamt of such sterile hands
You keep 'em folded in your lap
Or raise them up to beg for scraps
You know he's holding you down with the tips of his fingers
Just the same

“Australia” is a song by American indie rock band The Shins. The song was released as the second single via Sub Pop from their third studio album "Wincing the Night Away" in the UK on April 9th, 2007. Despite the name “Australia”, the song does not reference Australia at all. “Australia” peaked at number 62 on April 21, 2007 on the UK Singles' Chart. Critics reacted mostly positively to the song. Pitchfork Media commented that: "‘Australia’ is a peppy rocker in the spirit of Chutes' best, elevated by a newfound confidence and expressive range in Mercer’s voice." This song philosophically ponders the meaning of human existence, and human potential. It looks at the inevitability of death, religion, finding love and old age. On the surface, the writer and lead vocals of this song, James Mercer reflect on the average office job: "That’s from my memories of working in offices. I’ve had a hundred different jobs, and there is a special kind of sickness doing a job in an office. I was a bookkeeper and a secretary, and there is something so horribly boring and defeating about it."

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