DAVE’S AUSTRALIA DAY ADVENT JUKEBOX #21

WELCOME TO THE HOSPITAL

This track was not played by the band all that often. I think I may have written it on the first tour in 1978 but I’m hazy on it and can’t even remember all the lyrcis. The live recording at the Vic at least captures it but the words are too hard to hear in parts. Anyway, it certainly belongs here as an Aussie Warner song. The lyrics are unintentionally apt – about the epidemic sweeping the east – and yes, the mineral wealth from WA is what has kept the rest of the country going during the malaise. BTW if anybody can make out the lyrics better than me, or less likely, remembers them, please let me know. Certainly the band couldn;t recall and nor could the suburban generals. (Hit the title for the Spotify link).

WELCOME TO THE HOSPITAL

Welcome to the hospital

I know you’ll have a comfortable stay

We’ve got the world’s best beers from Darwin town

And fresh blood from WA

Welcome to the hospital

I know you’ll have a comfortable stay

We’ve got the world’s best beers from Darwin town

And fresh blood from W …. WA

Riff – uptempo

Welcome to the hospital

I know you’ll have a comfortable stay

We’ve got the world’s best beers from Darwin town

And fresh blood from WA

These are you physicians Doctors Melbourne and Sydney

If they occasionally fight like cats in the night

It’s just professional rivalry

Well only last week the  doctor said ……….

from Queensland town

The patient was ailing and the op was failing

And the blood supply was down

(don’t know ) Quench his thirst

But the people there were all ?

Doctor Melbourne had to get there first

Sister Adelaide she’s nowhere near as highly paid

As Doctor Syd or Doctor Vic

But by now she’s used to it

She’s kept herself for many years by carefully playing on their fears

She’s been a lover to them both

And though they hate her they’re both loathe

To make the break complete and final

In each she sides with each’s rival

Oh that strange little man with the (?) in his hand ? stringer?

He’s got (nowhere to stay he’s ?)  from WA

And ?

Just relax the staff here are real friendly

And they know what’s best for you

If you’re feeling ill from the doctor’s pill

Perth’s blood will pull you through

Welcome to the hospital

I know you’ll have a comfortable stay

We’ve got the world’s best beers from Darwin town

And fresh blood from WA

Let me document our history

We lived on cheap sheep’s back first

Then Kalgoorlie stopped us growing too old

We found the blood we needed in Perth

Everyone here was worried when epidemics swept the east

But Mineral cores from our western shores

Ensured we were back on our feet

So God knows without our Perth blood our future would be very dim

But if the west keeps quiet and adheres to our diet

We can grow while they go thin

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