Scott Darlow, the man behind The Drought Breakers all-star version of Dragon’s ‘Rain’ and the remake of ‘Solid Rock’ with Shane Howard, has a new song ‘Forgotten Australia’ with members of Eskimo Joe.
‘Forgotten Australia’ was written with Kav Temperley and Joel Quartermain of Eskimo Joe.
Darlow says that the song is a statement against the current National Anthem. “As an Aboriginal man I find the current anthem distressing. It doesn’t represent me or my people, and I love that I’ve taken some of the lyrics to illustrate the hypocrisy that Australia can often harbour,” he said in a statement.
“My Aboriginal ancestors were welcomed by Mother Earth, and they thrived and survived. Then each wave of migrants were welcomed here and they had a place to start again and thrive. Now, all of a sudden, we see a bunch of people telling newcomers that we’re full and that they can’t be here! This song is about saying ‘do you remember when we were a country who loved and welcomed everyone?’ And how good is that melting pot?!”
The video was directed by Curtis Reeder, who also made the Solid Rock video. “It’s just me singing to camera in my favourite spots around Melbourne – which also happen to highlight the beauty of Australia and the beauty of the melting pot. We have scenes at Middle Park beach, the Melbourne Zoo, Lygon Street, Londsdale Street, Chinatown, the Vic Market, Bourke Street Mall, I wanted to offer viewers a glimpse of ‘the real Australia’”.