Wouldn’t It Be Nice

Canberra decided to burn down in January 2003. This is to the tune of the Beach Boys’ song of the same name, and it commemorates the thoughts on everyone’s minds at the time.

[20 January 2003]

Wouldn’t it be nice if it were raining,
Then we wouldn’t see the trees explode,
And wouldn’t it be nice to watch the sunset
Without the sound of sirens down the road.

You know it’s gonna be a lovely story
To tell our kids – but now it’s Purgatory!

Wouldn’t it be nice to just be snoring
In the morning when the day is new
And not to have to wait all night with hoses
Hoping those containment lines hold true

Happy lives we could instead be spending
I kind of hope our lives will not be ending
Wouldn’t it be nice

Maybe if
We grab a garden hose and spray, we might pull through.
Baby, then
We only need to hope the skies return to blue
Here we are, frying…
It’s better than dying…
Wouldn’t THAT be nice!

You know it seems, with all this fuss and fighting
The country life is looking less inviting
But we’ll keep on fighting!
Wouldn’t it be nice…