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Life In The Suburbs

from Drifter by Ian Bland

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Mick was sixteen and never had a drink before
had a beer at a party then he had a few more
when he sobered up he was forty four
he woke one day and said
this party's been cool
but i better get home
or i’m gonna be late for school
life in the suburbs

old Reg says the neighbourhood is past it’s prime
blames immigration for the steady decline
they lower values and bring in crime
but his yard's full of half wrecked cars
and grass to his knees
and his son’s doing time for drugs
and armed robberies
life in the suburbs

Jack was the butcher at the end of the street
everybody liked him and they loved his meat
when the supermarket opened
he couldn't compete
he had to close down
when his customers turned their backs
now they complain
you can never find meat like Jacks
life in the suburbs

Des ran garbage on the council truck
you'd hear him singing
as he hauled that muck
when they privatised he was out of luck
he was fit and keen and
ready to work for his keep
but he was fifty four
so they tossed him out on the heap
life in the suburbs

while I'm not sentimental for the good old days
you can knock things down but you can't erase
the lives and times and ordinary ways
of the people we're leaving behind
no I'm not sentimental for the good old days
but the ones with the least are the ones who pay
and we don't respect what we're throwing away
and the people we're leaving behind


from Drifter, released April 1, 2007

Ian Bland - Vocals & Guitars
Mark Stanley - Drums & Percussion
Russell Mckenzie - Bass
Greg Hunt - Mandolin, Violin & Banjo
Peter Anderson - Button Accordion
Dan Warner - Backing Vocals
Michael Barclay - Backing Vocals
Alan Lawson - Backing Vocals
Chris Harrington - Backing Vocals
Wes Harrington - Backing Vocals
Ally Dosser - Backing Vocals
Roxy - Woofs


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Ian Bland Melbourne, Australia

Ian Bland - Melbourne based singer songwriter - musical influences include country, celtic, and folk with stories drawn from rural and urban Australia

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