Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] You May Not Be Released

Maurice R. Kelly mkelly@deadheart.org.uk
Tue, 25 Feb 2003 17:35:49 +0000 (GMT)

On Feb 25, David A. Brass wrote:

> I think this song refers (like..."Say your prayers") to East Timor.  And was written before the Timorese even had a faint hope of freedom, etc (pre-Sept. 1999).  The bitter message seems to be to keep trying despite all the unhindered repression, murder, etc.

For some reason, I've always visualised the song as being about hostages -
I guess I always think of the likes of Terry Waite, and that the "You may
not be released" line is what his captors may have said to him. I think
it's the ominous tone of voice that Pete sings with.

Maurice R. Kelly