Oct 3, 2009
Music video by Midnight Oil performing Beds Are Burning. (C) 1997 Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning – The time For Change has Come 2000 Sydney Olympics
the idea girl says
i loved this song, listened to it a hundred times in the past 20 or so years, and yet I never know what it really meant till now feb 24, 2014
Midnight Oil performed the song in front of a world audience of millions at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Then Prime Minister John Howard had triggered controversy that year with his refusal to embrace symbolic reconciliation and apologise to Indigenous Australians and members of the stolen generations. But he had also claimed that the reconciliation-themed “Beds Are Burning” was his favorite Midnight Oil song. The band played it dressed in black, with the word “Sorry” printed conspicuously all over their clothes, as a popular apology to indigenous people and to highlight the issue to Howard, who was in the audience as the ranking Olympic host.