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September 19, 2014

Recently we received an email from a member asking if we knew where she could get a copy of the recording of "that old Redgum song about Bali". 


Well we have done better than that on. 


Redgum were an Australian folk and political music group formed in Adelaide in 1975 by singer-songwriter John Schumann, Michael Atkinson (guitars/vocals), Verity Truman (flute/vocals), and Chris Timms (violin). All four had been students at Flinders University and together developed an intensely passionate and outspoken outlook in their music. Redgum are well known for their anti-war protest song exploring the impact of war in 1983 with "I Was Only Nineteen (aka "A Walk in the Light Green"), which peaked at #1 on the National singles charts. The song is in the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) list of Top 30 All Time Best Australian Songs. 


Redgum also covered the Australian tourism fascination for a tiny island in the Indonesian archipelago with the 1984 recording of "I've Been To Bali Too", which also rose to number one on aussie charts and was also written by Schumann. "This song’s first incarnation was as “Bali Blues”, a three-chord wonder written in 1976 to amuse my Balinese mates in Ubud. I found the lyrics in a drawer when we were recording “Frontline” in 1984. I rewrote the lyrics and Steve Cooney, heavily steeped in reggae as he was then, wrote the bass riff.  Bless his heart." - John Schumann. 


So lets wind Bali's clock back to the early 80's, and sit back and enjoy the clever lyrics from this timeless aussie classic. 


Hope you enjoy Christie. 


PS: The lyrics are below if you want to sing along. 



                                  Redgum - I've Been To Bali Too - Promo Video 1984 -



Qantas flight 20, Denpasar 

Meals and accom and a rent-a-car 

I've been to Bali 

I've been to Bali too 


Took a two week course at a suntan clinic 

So lying round Legian I wouldn't look anaemic 

And you can't impress me 

‘Cause I've been to Bali too 


Got a ride out to Kuta in the back of a truck 

Cost me twenty dollars and it wasn't worth a buck 

Hustled to a losmen down in Poppy's Lane 

By a Javanese guy in a tropical rainstorm, 

Lock up your daughters 

I've been to Bali too 


Life is tragic hanging out at Kuta 

If you haven't got a car, a bike or a scooter 

Show me the bike shop 

I've been to Bali too 


Got myself a Honda, had to get away 

No brakes, bald tyres, 

five thousand ‘rupes’ a day 

I've been to Bali too 


Well I don't ride a bike much home in Australia 

As a motorcycle hero, guess I'm a failure 

Bemos to the left, trucks to the right 

The Honda was a wreck but I was alright, 

Hello Mercurochrome 

I've been to Bali too 


Wired home for money, I was short of cash 

A dose of Bali-Belly and a tropical rash 

Daddy came through - American Express 

Bali T-shirts, magic mushrooms, Redgum bootlegs 

I've been to Bali too 


Took my bag and mozzie coils to Peliatan 

It was there where my Bali trip really began 

Been there, done that 

I've been to Bali too 


Tourists from Holland, Britain and France 

Late night puppet shows, legong dance 

Want to see my slides? 

I've been to Bali too. 


Well, I wandered off to Ubud, just a little up the track 

One week there didn't want to come back 

Listening to gamelon and playing guitar 

Tjanderi’s tacos, Hotel Menara, two month visa 

I've been to Bali too. 


Flying Kangaroo out of Denpasar 

Left me camera in the airport bar 

I've been to Bali 

I've been to Bali too 


Touch down, touch down Tullamarine 

Sprayed me on the plane so I'd be real clean 

Coming though Customs 

I've been to Bali too 


They went through my bags like McCartney in Japan 

I didn't have a thing so I didn't give a damn 

You can't trick me 

'Cause I've been to Bali too 


You've been to Paris and you've been Boston 

You've been to Fiji and you've been to London 

But you can't impress me 

'Cause I've been to Bali too 



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