Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Shipyards and Bedlam

Glitch sena.reisenweaver@verizon.net
Wed, 21 Aug 2002 21:08:31 -0400

> Yeah, but the song predates Heston's major involvement with the NRA by 12
> years.
> ---
Uh, that is a bit of a problem.  I'm stumped.

Re: Bedlam Bridge:
>I'm a fairly religious person, and I've always seen the man on the bridge as
>Jesus.  For me, the song says that, while there's a lot of trouble and pain in
>the world, Jesus will make everything okay in the end.  I see the "Drive the
>engines harder, won't you turn the engines over?" as the singer encouraging the
>listener to press on to Bedlam Bridge, where Christ is.

Yes, I've always thought of it the same way.  "A man who makes no enemies, a
body never breathless, a mission never hopeless..." I was only 16 when I
first heard these words, and I couldn't then - and still can't - think of
what/who it would refer to besides Jesus.
Any ideas? 

"There are trivial truths and great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true."
                     --Niels Bohr