Flame Trees” is a song by Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel from their 1984 album Twentieth Century. It is one of their best known songs, and was written by drummer Steve Prestwich and organist Don Walker.
According to the band’s official website, Walker’s inspiration for the lyrics was a combination of his memories of Grafton where he had lived as a youth, and of his romantic dreams. It’s really a story of love, regrets about “the one who got away”, and realising that you can never go back to the way things used to be.
The song title refers to Illawarra Flame Trees which grow on the east coast of Australia and often line roads. They turn vivid red in late spring when flowering.
These song lyrics can be used to teach vocabulary and the music video shows a typical Australian country town. Continue reading to watch music videos and read the lyrics.
The name Australia comes from the Latin word Australis which means Southern.
As far back as the 2nd century there were legends of an unknown southern land – Terra Australis Incognita (Latin). It was believed there had to be a large land mass in the south to balance the Northern land mass of Europe.