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The Day that the Boys Came Down

Alistair Hulett
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[1988]
Album "The Cat Among The Pigeons", con la formazione dei Roaring Jack

La canzone è dedicata alle frequenti "morti sotto custodia" di cui sono vittime in Australia gli aborigeni per mano delle forze di polizia. Nemmeno un anno dopo l'uscita dell'album in cui è contenuto questo brano, una squadra speciale della polizia di Sidney uccise a sangue freddo, durante un'irruzione illegale, un giovane aborigeno di nome David Gundy. Da quel momento Hulett ha sempre dedicato a David Gundy la canzone quando la esegue dal vivo.

"Deaths in police custody are all too frequent in our country. Aboriginal people and ethnic minorities are usually on the receiving end of it and the majority by its silence displays its indifference. The Day that the Boys Came Down is set to a bluesy shuffle with a music hall feel to the tune The Baron of Brackley on a dog day afternoon." (Alistair Hulett)

"Our penultimate song, The Day That The Boys Came Down, was written in Australia as a piece of fiction that eerily and tragically came true about a year after I first recorded it. More accurately, events bearing a remarkable similarity to those described here happened in the predominantly Aboriginal community of Redfern in Sydney in 1989. Members of the Special Weapons and Operations Section (SWOS), a highly dangerous wing of the NSW State Police, shot and killed Mr David Gundy in his home in the early hours of a morning in April that year, while supposedly seeking to apprehend another person altogether. Mr Gundy’s only ‘crime’ was a shared Aboriginality with the wanted man. The individual they were looking for had indeed killed a prison guard during an escape from Long Bay Jail, but his relationship to David Gundy was merely one of passing acquaintance, a fact most certainly known to the police officers involved." (Alistair Hulett)
They came down from the backstreet, the thingys and the flatfeet
With dogs that had nosed his things back at Long Bay
And they had a warrant, he was abhorrent
The day that the boys came down to blow him away
The neighbours were snoring or too busy scoring
Time for the boys in blue to show crime doesn’t pay
They know what they’re there for, what they get their four square for
The day that the boys came down to blow him away

And he was no fool, one of the old school
He just broke the golden rule
Topping a warder was right out of order
The day that the boys came down to blow him away

He’s in bed with his missus, he gets up and pisses
He knows that something’s up, he twigs right away
Just the flash of a torch, out there on the back porch
The day that the boys came down to blow him away
He would never take chances round a woman he fancies
So he writes a note to say every dog has its day
Then he walks down the backstairs with his hands in the air
The day that the boys came down to blow him away

And he was no fool, one of the old school
He just broke the golden rule
And the first bullet slit him ‘fore he knew what had hit him
The day that the boys came down to blow him away

inviata da Alessandro - 3/10/2009 - 06:17



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