Flame Trees

The two versions of Flame Trees we’ve discussed (Sarah Blasko’s cover and the Cold Chisel original) provide us with an insight into how time can change one’s perspective on life. According to the composer, this is about lost youth and the return to the archetypal Australian country town. “It’s a song of lost love, of mortality and what’s left behind.”

Purpose:
What is this text about? How do we know? ?
Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why? ?
What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
Textual structures and features
What are the structures and features of the text?
What sort of genre does the text belong to?
What do the images suggest?
What do the words suggest?
What kind of language is used in the text?
Key concept
How is the concept of change evident in this text?
Is the change presented as positive or negative ?Is it enforced? is it short term ? is it long
term ? is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? unplanned ?
What form does the change take – physical, emotional , perceptions, world?

29 thoughts on “Flame Trees

  1. What is this text about? How do we know? ?
    The text is about the loss of a youth. A person goes back to viait his old home down in search for a girl he once loved to find that she is no longer there. We know this because the song often mention of a girl.
    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why? ?
    The most likely to listen to tis text would be fans of cold chisel or sarah blasko. As the cold chisel version was around first then this would be more popular and the age of the fans would be middle-aged.
    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
    The composer wants us to feel a sense of connection to the sadness that this young man is facing, and also feel a connection with the town. We share the sadness of his story and the sentimental value that it holds. The composer wants us to know that it s a true story because they tell us on the cd slip that is about Don Walker.
    Textual structures and features
    What are the structures and features of the text?
    The text is strophic form which is the same melody with changing verse and there is a chorus that repeated 3 times.
    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    Pop and rock in the original version
    What do the images suggest?
    It suggests the imagery of the vibrant flame trees that line the streets of grafton. It suggests that grafton is a simple place and it describes some of the scenes of the persons youth.
    What do the words suggest?
    The words suggest that the girl described in the song has possibly died because of the weary driver being blinded by flame trees.
    What kind of language is used in the text?
    The language techniques used in the text are imagery, symbolism, and metaphors
    Key concept
    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    The text discusses how as we get older we change and things change with us. Things won’t always be there in this case the girl. Time changes us, it is inevitable that we age. When we are away from a place for a time things change.

    Is the change presented as positive or negative ?Is it enforced? is it short term ? is it long term ? is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? unplanned ?
    The change in this text is negative as the man cannot find the girl he loves. The part that we get older is enforced but it is because the man moved away from the girl that she is not there anymore. He caused the change. The change has been long term he has been away for a long time and is just passing by when he shouldn’t have left. The change is dramatic because the man all of a sudden realises that he shouldn’t have left and what has happened because of it.
    What form does the change take – physical, emotional, perceptions, world?
    The change is definitely emotive, as he has lost the person he loves. It is also perceptions because his perception of his home town has changed

  2. Purpose
    This text is about a man who goes home to his childhood town to find that physically nothing has changed, but emotionally he has and that he will never be able to go back to how he was when he lived in the town as a child. We know this through the imagery that is set down as well as several sentences. Such as “We share some history, this town and I” and “Do you remember so and so?”. The people most likely to listen to this text are rock fans, which at the time was the younger generation. This is because at the time rock music was the younger people’s music. The composer wants us to feel a sense of: loneliness, opportunities gone by, going home.

    Textual Structures
    This song has a chorus that is repeated 3 times, with 4 verses and a bridge as well. The bridge is the line “Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field In our day”. This is a bridge between remembering the old days and thinking about how he wishes it was the same, to just accepting that the change has happened and there will be no going back. This song belongs to the genre of Aussie Rock. The imagery in this song shows a sleepy old town that has jacarandas lining its roads, hasn’t changed since he left it. Also suggested is a group of old friends sitting in a pub drinking a few beers and reminiscing about the old days. The words suggest that on the inside he is in turmoil about having left a childhood sweetheart. The language used in this text is colloquial, is very imagery and has symbols. Such as the Jacarandas, which I believe are a symbol for change as they are deciduous and change seasonally, and are the only things that actually change in the town.

    Key Concept
    The concept of change is shown through the imagery, symbolism and the repetition of the chorus with its message of change. With his reminiscing of the old days, switching of time periods back to modern times is very efficient at showing the concept of change. I think the change is presented in a negative way. By the way the language is used you can tell that he regrets leaving the girl and changing from childhood to adulthood. This is presented in the two lines “Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around, But Ah! Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway”. This isn’t really enforced though. The change can be seen as both short term and long term. Personally I see it as a long term change. He has changed over a long period of change to become an adult and he has regretted his leaving for a long time not a short one. The change for his regret I think is very dramatic while the change from childhood to adulthood is very gradual. I am sure that the change is unplanned. I think that he planned to leave the girl but not the consequences of it, and he most defiantly didn’t plan to grow older. The change takes the form of emotional, and a little bit of physical change. The emotional change is the way that he feels about coming back to the town and the way that he left the girl. As for the physical change this is in the way he grows older and also in the way that the jacarandas are the only thing that changes in the town. This is shown in the lines “Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver, And there’s nothing else could set fire to this town” This refers to the jacarandas and the way it is the only thing that changes. His perception of the world also changes as he immediately associates the town to her and loneliness.

  3. Purpose
    The text is about a man who reminisces his life before he left his home town. In particular he remembers his old love who he left along with the town and when he returns he finds that she is gone and many changes have been made in his absence.
    The most likely audience for this text would be the music listening public. Either by recently listening to Sarah Blasko or to Cold chisel for older members of our society the song has presented itself to young and old alike.
    The composer whishes for us to feel a sense of yearning and to feel his lost opportunity in regards to loosing his love by a decision to change.
    Textual Features
    The text is a song with verse, chorus and a bridge.
    It belongs to the Australian pub rock genre
    The imagery suggests that he was blinded when he was making his decision to move away by the flame trees.
    The words suggest that like a typical Australian male he is trying to hide his sorrow and despair in regards to the change that has taken place in the town
    The language used in the text is common, colloquial and sumple. He uses a lot of imagery and symbolism and the flame trees are an extended metaphor, describing the jacaranda trees in the town.
    Key Concept
    The girl who he loses because of his decision to move away from his town represents change in this text. Through the uses of imagery and symbolism he describes how the whole town is different from her nonappearance.
    The change in the text is depicted as negative because of the lost opportunity when his girl is not there when he returns. It is a long term change because the chance of her coming back or of him leaving again are great. The change is both planned and unplanned. He left the town believing to himself that his girl would be there when he returned however she left.
    The change that he experienced was emotional because it changed his emotions in the text when the girl was not there for him.

  4. The text is about returning to his home town, and the vivid memories that come with it. He is trying to deal with the sense of loss that he feels after returning, since he left someone he loved, and is now returning to face the feelings that he had buried.
    The most likely people to view the Cold Chisel original version of this text would be traditional Aussie rock fans, however the song will have more influence to those who have made decisions in their live that they have severely regretted. The composer, Jimmy Barnes, wanted us to feel that sense of regret about our past actions to make us feel the same way about change he is alluding to throughout the middle and end of the song.

    “Flame Trees” is a seven verse song, making it fairly long, and belongs to the Pub Rock genre, which means it is written so that anyone can understand and relate to it, while also enjoying the music.
    “Kids out driving Saturday afternoon,” “the flame trees will blind the weary driver,” “But Ah! Who needs that sentimental bullshit,” “There’s a girl falling in love near where the pianola stands.” These images suggest that he is dealing with some very strong emotions, which are having a definitive effect on him. He is returning to a sleepy country town, and is having recollections of times that he greatly misses as much as he hates to admit it.
    The words suggest intense feelings of sadness and regret and this is expressed in simple terms, so even the simplest of people can empathise and sympathise with his situation. By using idiomatic expressions, colloquial language, imagery, emotive language and tone the composer successfully create a text that is easy to both understand, and relate to.

    There is a melancholy sense of change in this , that it can be very negative,
    the idea that while good things will happen, they can never last.
    Long term, the change was a long time ago, and the consequences are now hitting him.
    It is dramatic, since he has these feelings buried, but when he returns home, he is suddenly hit with strong emotions and regrets.
    The change is unplanned as he left and though it was the right decision, while it turned out it was not
    The change is predominately emotional, “But Ah! Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway,
    Takes more than just a memory to make me cry” demonstrates through irony how he really is being emotionally affected by this. However, physical change is also evident, and a fair amount of perspective change, through ageing. His perspectives have changed because he is returning and he is a different person, and views how he left her in a completely different light to when he left.

  5. Sarah Blasko/Cold Chisel – Flame Tree
    Purpose:
    What is this text about? How do we know?
    I think it’s about reminiscing with your mates – over the girl that got away, over the old antics, and watching all the young people embarking on their lives, all the while remembering the old days and how you once did the same thing. We know this from the lyrics and many other interpretations of the song believe that this is what the text is about.
    ‘Flame Tree’ is also a song about self-realisation and reflecting on the past, the song itself is a metaphor for this realization.
    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why?
    I think that the people most likely to view or read this text would be everyone as it reflects and connects with everyone. This is because of the style and the fact that the song is about a very common event in most peoples lives.
    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
    The composer wants us to feel like we have a relationship with the song, as if we have a connection with it. This is done by the lyrics as they describe events that are common to most people. The song also has the calming tone that makes you being to think about yourself as well.
    Textual structures and features
    What are the structures and features of the text?
    The structure is quite unique as on verse will be completely opposite to the next verse, this makes it, in a way, ironic.
    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    The genre of this text, as the original by Cold Chisel, could be any of the following: popular culture, rock anthem, alternative rock, pub rock or
    What do the images suggest?
    The images suggest the composer remembering the times he/she had as a young adult. Lyrics, such as, “Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field in our day”, make the imagery a strong picture of the composer’s past.
    What do the words suggest?
    The words suggest that the composer is contemplating his/her past. Remembering the good times while trying to forget about the bad, but the one thought that stays with him/her is a bad thought of the loss of a close friend.
    What kind of language is used in the text?

    Key concept
    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    The concept of change is evident throughout the text in the lyrics and in the meaning behind the text.
    Is the change presented as positive or negative? Is it enforced? Is it short term? Is it long term? Is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? Unplanned?
    What form does the change take – physical, emotional, perceptions, world?
    The change is both positive and negative to the composer, as it has had both effects on the composer. It is enforced change as the composer did not have complete control over the change. It is both short and long term change, with the long term being the memories that he keeps with him, mainly the negative memories. The short term being how the other changes have effected him. It is gradual and the change that is evident and enforced in the text is unplanned. The change is in the form of physical, emotional and perceptive changing, but there is no real world change evident in the text.

  6. Purpose:
    What is this text about? How do we know? ?
    This text is about growing up and the changes that that creates. A boy goes back to his home town trying to find a girl that he once loved to find that nothing had changed other then she now wasn’t there. This song often refers to a girl.
    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why?
    This song would mainly be heard by fans of Cold Chisel or Sarah Blasko. The Cold Chisel version was made in the context of their era thus it would be drawing a middle aged audience today.
    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
    He wants us to feel what it is like losing someone and how one decision can have huge impacts or outcomes.

    Textual structures and features
    What are the structures and features of the text?
    It is a song with 7 verses and a chorus that is repeated 3 times.
    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    Rock in the Cold Chisel version but more towards pop on the Sarah Blasko version.
    What do the images suggest?
    These images are reminiscing on the singer’s youth. “Kids out driving Saturday afternoon” is demonstrating this and showing how simple this life was.
    What do the words suggest?
    The words give the effect of regret and sadness in a very obvious way. This makes his message very clear and everyone that listens to this song must feel some form of sympathy.
    What kind of language is used in the text?
    The language is very simple and easily understood. The features are colloquial language and emotive language giving the listener a very clear message.

    Key concept
    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    This song is talking about the effects of time. This will often cause things to change and it was the girl in this case.

    Is the change presented as positive or negative ?Is it enforced? is it short term ? is it long
    term ? is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? unplanned ?
    this change that is represented is portrayed as a very negative affect of the writers decision and one tha he regrets. It is long term as he came back to find her but only to find her gone. This is obviously unseen as he would not have come back if he knew about this.
    What form does the change take – physical, emotional , perceptions, world?
    Emotionally as you can sense how this may not affect many people but it has hurt the writer quite deeply. This also changes his perspective on the town as nothing has changed physically but in his mind there is great emptiness.

  7. What is this text about? How do we know?
    The text is about a man who has left his home town of Grafton and, his girl. We share some history, this town and I And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her. The text is about reget and how he longs to go back to the way things used to be.
    We know the town he is referring too is Grafton as the Jacaranda, is the flame trees. He returns to the town were he remembers past feelings and memories which he had thought he had left behind. He feels regret that he left his love, while everything else remains the same. Everything within its place

    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why? ?
    The song appeals to a wide range of people, and is a very popular song.
    The cold chisel version would appel to older people, as Cold Chisel were early nighties, while the Sarah Blasko’s cover version would appeal to modern listeners

    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
    The composer what’s us to feel the feeling of regret, loss and longing as he has lost his love. It does this though the the tone of the song and the emotive language used.

    Textual structures and features
    What are the structures and features of the text?
    This song is a 7 verse song
    emotive
    imargery
    simple colloquial

    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    The cold chisel genre is rock anthem and pub rock. Sarah Blasko’s version is alternative.

    What do the images suggest?
    The text is an image rich text such as kids out driving, flame tree, sit here round a table with old friends

    What do the words suggest?
    The words describe a town, which many old memories such as old friend and kids

    What kind of language is used in the text?
    Emotive, simple and descriptive language is used

    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    The concept of change is evident as he wishes he hadn’t left but had sta with his girl.
    Is the change presented as positive or negative ?Is it enforced? is it short term ? is it long term ? is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? unplanned ?What form does the change take – physical, emotional , perceptions, world?

    Change is presented as negative, as he wishes it could be like it used to be. It is enforced as the change is time and u can’t stop change. It is long term. The change is emotion and perceptional, but not physical as the town remains the same.

  8. FLAME TREE

    This text is about a loss of someone’s love one. It explores the emotions and actions that the person feels when he finds out that the person he had loved for so long was no longer there. He goes back home in search of this girl but find nothing but word of her leaving town for good. We know this is evident in the text as it mentions the girl.

    The most likely audience to view this text would be fans of either Sarah Blasko or cold chisel. As cold chisel’s was the earlier version of the song then they would attract an older middle class generation and the Sarah Blasko edition would attract a younger generation. Personal taste also has large influence on the audience.

    The texts is trying to make the audience have sympathy towards the man gong back to find his loved one. Also trying to make us feel the sadness of the situation and the realness of the situation when they connect it to his hometown. This makes the audience feel involved with the song as many people can relate to this aspect. This is how they send across the act that this is a true story.

    This song is created with the same melody throughout the song with a chorus repeating three times.
    The original version of the song done by cold chisel is categorised in the pop rock genre.
    The image is used to illustrate the trees that surround Grafton. He related to these tree as ‘flame trees’ as they look like they are on fire, the type of tree is a jacaranda.
    The words simply suggest that the girl had died as a result of the flame tree blinding weary drivers with their blight flames.

    Language techniques of the text include
    Imagery
    Symbolism
    Metaphors

    The key concept of this song is the aspect of change. This is a good illustration that demonstrates to us that change will always be evident in our lives. It shows to us that even though some of us may move away from our small hometowns, people and things don’t stay the same while you are gone, they change as well even if you don’t want them to. Change is something that is forever altering.

    The change presented in this text is presented both positive and negative. It is negative when he goes back to find his lady lover and is distraught to find out she isn’t there. He brought this change on himself, as he was the one who moved away from her in the first place, his discissions created these particular results. The change is long term as he has been away for an extended period of time and the now that he cannot change the fact that she is gone means this is a long term change. the change is definitely dramatic as it suddenly dawns upon the man that the girl is gone and he then realises how much he misses her and would do anything to have her back.

    The change in this text takes the form of emotional change, as it is his emotions that are most at stake when the change happens, as he looses the one that he loves. Also its also his perception of his home town has changed over the time he was away. So the form that this text takes is emotional and perceptions.

  9. Metaphors:
    • The town of Grafton in the song is an extended metaphor for his life. It symbolises a point of his life where the realisation of lost love hits him and blinds him as the “flame trees blind the weary driver”. Just as the flame trees only flower once a year a realisation such as this is a once in a lifetime occurrence, a once in a lifetime perspective change, and this epiphany ‘blinds’ the person who realised it. There being no change in Grafton, “there’s no change there’s no pace”, represents the lack of change since he saw her in himself, it makes it harder for him to believe that “she won’t be around” both in his life and in Grafton itself.
    • My quote “His profound perceptual change, is set against a contextual background of stagnancy and stillness.”
    Changes:
    • Youth to adult
    • Emotional change
    Values:
    • This text values a change of perspective in the form of an epiphany; it is a sentiment that is most obvious in the text.
    Themes:
    What does the composer want us to know and feel?
    • Emotional pain
    • Melancholy
    o “After all this time you boys look just the same”
    • Loss
    • Regret
    o “I can’t stop this long forgotten feeling of hurt”
    • Longing
    • Nostalgia
    o “We share some history, this town and I”
    Structure:
    o 7 verses
    o Simplistic, literal, imagery, emotive language
    o Rock anthem, popular music, alternative, pub rock
    Images:
    o Flame trees
    o Kids out driving Saturday afternoon
    o Weary driver
    o Happy hour (idiomatic expression)

  10. Purpose:

    What is this text about? How do we know?
    This song is about someone going back to an old town, where they had grown up, and seeing how it hasn’t changed at all. It is about the sense of nostalgia that he feels, knowing that “she won’t be around”. “After all this time you boys look just the same”.
    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why?
    The target audience for this song is mainly youth, however the tune would be appealing to most age groups, so basically everyone.
    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
    The composer wishes us to empathise with his sense of longing for “her” and recall our own experience of coming back to a childhood residence and seeing the stagnation that is present.

    Textual structures and features:

    What are the structures and features of the text?
    This song is composed of seven verses, three of which are choruses. This long structure allows the composer to elaborate on the message of the song. “Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway?” This allows almost anyone to relate to the composers feelings. “There’s no change, there’s no pace” and “there’s nothing else could set fire to this town”. These images of stagnancy help us to get a more coherent idea of the message of the text.
    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    This text doesn’t really belong to a specific genre. It could possibly be classified as a free verse song. It has been appropriated from the original song by Cold Chisel, written in the 70’s.
    What do the images suggest?
    “I’m just savouring familiar sights” and “Everything within its place”. These sorts of images, accompanied with the slow tempo of the song, articulate the stagnancy of a small country town.
    What kind of language is used in the text?
    Throughout the piece, much colloquial, idiomatic language is used. “Number two is the happy hour at one of two hotels, Settle in to play “Do you remember so and so?””. This basic, contextual language, as said before, allows anyone to understand and empathise with the feelings of the composer.

    Key concept:

    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    Change, or stagnation are a key part of this song. It expresses, through the use of familiar images, the typical, slow moving life of a country town.
    Is the change presented as positive or negative? Is it enforced?
    The change represented in this song portrayed as being negative, yet it is not enforced. There is no imperative language used. The composer is feeling the effects of age, and yearns to undo the change, go back to her old life.
    Is it short or long term? Is it gradual or dramatic?
    It really is long term, showing the effect of growing out of her previous life.
    Is the change planned or unplanned?
    The physical and mental change presented in the text is obviously unplanned, or the full consequences weren’t understood, as she is now regretting her decision.
    What form does the change take – physical, emotional, perceptions, world?
    The change that is represented is fairly personal, and involves a change in perception, from the composer.

  11. Purpose:
    What is this text about? How do we know?
    ∑ This text is about a man who is returning to his a town where he used to have a girlfriend/wife who he left. As he is returning he is full of regret and nostalgia. We get several references to this plot through out the text. “I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her” is one reference to his regret towards this unseen woman.

    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
    ∑ The text composer; want us to feel the sense of longing, nostalgia, loss, hopelessness and pian. Through phrases like “sentimental bullshit” and “never say her name.” Also the composer could want us to feel the change that has gone on in his life between when he left and now when he is returning. All these feeling are causing the responder to feel emphatic with the composer.
    Textual structures and features
    What are the structures and features of the text?
    7 verse song in the form of 5 lines no rhyming scheme. It uses lots of imagery “There’s a girl falling in love near where the pianola stands”, emotivness “Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway, Takes more than just a memory to make me cry”.
    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    ∑ It belongs to rock/pop and alternative.
    What do the images suggest?
    ∑ The images suggest a man who is out with old friends in his old town trying to have a good time while all about him he is seeing things that remind him of the woman who he used to love and this is making him feel sentimental and melancholy.

    What kind of language is used in the text?
    ∑ Figuarative, emotive
    Key concept
    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    ∑ It is a change of perspective when he realises ho much
    Is the change presented as positive or negative? Is it enforced? is it short term? is it long term? is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? unplanned? What form does the change take – physical, emotional , perceptions, world?
    ∑ It is a negative change but it is almost as if he couldn’t have stopped it is a melancholy. It is a long term. It is enforced by time. It is gradual. It is planned to leave but the consequences are unplanned. The change is first of all physical when he leaves the town then emotional and perspective.

  12. Sarah Blasko – Flame Trees
    Purpose:

    What is this text about? How do we know?
    – The text is about the character of the text experiencing emotional change. A man who leaves his hometown of Grafton and also his wife or girlfriend. He later feels that he has made a big mistake in leaving. “We share some history, this town and I
    And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her”.

    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why?
    – Almost everyone. People that like Sarah Blasko, young people to old people who were fans of the the original by Cold Chisel.

    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
    – Unsurety
    – Nostalgia
    – Loss
    – Longing
    – Pain
    – Emotional pain
    – Regret

    Textual structures and features?
    What are the structures and features of the text?
    – It is a seven verse song
    – Emotive language
    – Imagery
    – Simple colloquial language

    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    – It is a rock anthem
    – Rock/pop and alternative
    – Pub rock

    What do the images suggest?
    – The images suggest what the character sees and reminisces when he returns to Grafton.

    What do the words suggest?
    – The words are used in metaphors and imagery and suggest how the composer sees what is around him.
    What kind of language is used in the text?

    Key concept
    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    – The concept of change is evident in how it is presented. The change is emotional because the composer is feeling deep sadness because of the chance he lost when he was younger.

    Is the change presented as positive or negative ?Is it enforced? is it short term ? is it long
    term ? is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? unplanned ?
    What form does the change take – physical, emotional , perceptions, world?
    – The change is negative because of the deep sadness that the composer illustrates. It is long-term change because he is now only just returning to where all this deep sadness in centred. The change is unplanned but is brought when he leaves the girl that he now longs for. It is also emotional an physical change because of the deep sadness expressed by the character. The physical change is how he has aged.

  13. Purpose
    This text is about a man who goes home to his childhood town to find that physically nothing has changed, but emotionally he has and that he will never be able to go back to how he was when he lived in the town as a child. We know this through the imagery that is set down as well as several sentences. Such as “We share some history, this town and I” and “Do you remember so and so?”. The people most likely to listen to this text are rock fans, which at the time was the younger generation. This is because at the time rock music was the younger people’s music. The composer wants us to feel a sense of: loneliness, opportunities gone by, going home.

    Textual structures and features
    What are the structures and features of the text?
    It is a song with 7 verses and a chorus that is repeated 3 times.
    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    Rock in the Cold Chisel version but more towards pop on the Sarah Blasko version.
    What do the images suggest?
    These images are reminiscing on the singer’s youth. “Kids out driving Saturday afternoon” is demonstrating this and showing how simple this life was.
    What do the words suggest?
    The words give the effect of regret and sadness in a very obvious way. This makes his message very clear and everyone that listens to this song must feel some form of sympathy.
    What kind of language is used in the text?
    The language is very simple and easily understood. The features are colloquial language and emotive language giving the listener a very clear message.

    Key concept
    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    The concept of change is evident throughout the text in the lyrics and in the meaning behind the text.
    Is the change presented as positive or negative? Is it enforced? Is it short term? Is it long term? Is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? Unplanned?
    What form does the change take – physical, emotional, perceptions, world?
    The change is both positive and negative to the composer, as it has had both effects on the composer. It is enforced change as the composer did not have complete control over the change. It is both short and long term change, with the long term being the memories that he keeps with him, mainly the negative memories. The short term being how the other changes have effected him. It is gradual and the change that is evident and enforced in the text is unplanned. The change is in the form of physical, emotional and perceptive changing, but there is no real world change evident in the text.

  14. What is this text about? How do we know? ?

    The text is about growing up. A man returns to where he grew up to find that nothing has changed but the girl has gone. We know this because the song often mentions a girl.
    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why?
    The most likely to listen to this text would be The previous generation who were around at Cold Chisel’s peak.
    
What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?

    The composer wants us to feel connected to his hometown and also a sadness for the loss of the thing he loved about the place
    What are the structures and features of the text?

    This text uses chorus/verse structure and uses features such as repetition and metaphor
    What sort of genre does the text belong to?

    The cold chisel version is Pop/Rock while the Sarah Blasko version is a ballad

    What do the images suggest?
    The song uses very powerful imagery e.g. Flame trees to show the vibrant colour of the jacaranda
    What do the words suggest?
    The words suggest that the girl has left the place that she should be and possibly died in a car accident.
    What kind of language is used in the text?

    The language used in the text is pros and very simple sentences with a lot of metaphor
    How is the concept of change evident in this text?

    The text says that things beyond your control change without you knowing i.e. time and there is nothing you can do about it.
    Is the change presented as positive or negative ?Is it enforced? is it short term ? is it long term ? is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? unplanned ?

    The change in this text is negative as in the cold chisel version his voice is sad. The change is unplanned because he says that you cannot control time, it is long term because it is possible that the girl is dead.

  15. RESUBMISSION

    The town of Grafton in the song is an extended metaphor for his life. It symbolises a point of his life where the realisation of lost love hits him and blinds him as the “flame trees blind the weary driver”. Just as the flame trees only flower once a year a realisation such as this is a once in a lifetime occurrence, a once in a lifetime perspective change, and this epiphany ‘blinds’ the person who realised it. There being no change in Grafton, “there’s no change there’s no pace”, represents the lack of change since he saw her in himself, it makes it harder for him to believe that “she won’t be around” both in his life and in Grafton itself.
    The text is about one man and his profound perceptual change, which is set against a contextual background of stagnancy and stillness.
    In the text the composer experiences a change from youth to adult and an emotional change. In his change from youth to adult he experiences a change of perspective that was spurred on by his return to his old town. The composer in the text poses a number of juxtaposed events that are different from childhood to adulthood, in the first line it shows an event associated with the youth “kids out driving Saturday afternoon”. The text also puts out a melancholic feel through the song, this is characterised by the line “Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field in our day”, this melancholic sentiment through the song shows that the process of change may not be what we wanted and in hindsight how we regret some of our decisions.
    The main value that this text represents is a profound change of perspective, or epiphany, the sentiment is most obvious in the text through the composers use of metaphor and his use of emotive language. The metaphors that convey this perspective change are some of the ones that I outlined in the first paragraph, most importantly the metaphor of “flame trees” and how they “blind the weary driver” in much the same way that an epiphany or perspective change of this magnitude will blind you in your realisation. The emotive language that is used also contributes to the values that can be seen in the text. Emotive language such as the idiomatic expression of “happy hour” helps our understanding and also our connection with the text.
    The themes that are shown in this text centre on the idea of emotional pain and the characteristics of it, these characteristics include; melancholy, loss, regret, and nostalgia. The idea of melancholy is presented with the line “After all this time you boys look just the same”; this line shows us the history that he shares with this place and his friends. The idea of loss is shown when he alludes to what happened with his lover such a long time ago, the line about the girl standing “near where the pianola stands” and how she is sitting with her “young factory out-of-worker” and they’re “holding hands” this makes the composer wonder whether the boy will “go” or “stay, this is a direct reference to what happened in his life and shows his feeling of loss. The regret that is in the text is shown most obviously in the line about how the composer “can’t stop this long forgotten feeling of hurt”, this shows plainly that he regrets his decision to leave her. The theme of nostalgia ties in with all the other themes of emotional loss in one of the first lines of the first stanza, “We share some history, this town and I” this conveys the feeling of nostalgia adequately by playing on the feelings that we all have for our home towns.
    There are four specific images that abound in the text to give us the meaning of the text that I explained earlier. The images of; flame trees, youth, a weary driver and the idiomatic expression of the happy hour at a hotel all help convey this meaning. The image of the flame trees interplays with the weary driver and creates a metaphor that is also a very emotive piece of writing. These words were chosen for this particular reason and the dual usefulness of them makes the song work a number of levels. The idiomatic idea of youth, “the kids out driving on Saturday afternoon” and the happy hour, “number two is the happy hour at one of two hotels” help the song work on another level of Australian colloquialism.

  16. What is this text about? How do we know? ?
    The text is about the loss of a youth. A person goes back to visit his old home town in search for a girl he once loved to find that she is no longer there. We know this because the song often mentions a girl, in the line. The line “And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her” explains this subject of the song.
    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why? ?
    The most likely to listen to this text would be fans of Cold Chisel or sarah blasko. They have both performed versions of the song. As the Cold Chisel version was around first it would be most familiar to people. The sentimental value of the song appeals to people. The might feel a connection with the man in the song, or they could be connected through belonging t the same town.
    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
    The composer wants us to feel a sense of connection to the sadness that this young man is facing, and also feel a connection with the town. The chorus of the song tells us this,
    “Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
    And there’s nothing else could set fire to this town
    There’s no change, there’s no pace
    Everything within its place
    Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around”.
    We share the sadness of his story and the sentimental value that it holds. The composer wants us to know that it s a true story because they tell us on the cd slip that is about Don Walker.
    Textual structures and features
    What are the structures and features of the text?
    The use of language in the text is simple and conversational. There is many examples of imagery in the text the most obvious being the flame trees blinding the weary driver. The mood it creates is one of sadness and understanding for the sadness of don walker.
    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    Pop and rock in the original version
    What do the images suggest?
    It suggests the imagery of the vibrant flame trees that line the streets of Grafton. It suggests that grafton is a simple place and it describes some of the scenes of the persons youth, “Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field
    In our day”
    What do the words suggest?
    The words suggest that the girl described in the song has possibly died because of the weary driver being blinded by flame trees.
    “Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
    And there’s nothing else could set fire to this town
    There’s no change, there’s no pace
    Everything within its place
    Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around”
    What kind of language is used in the text?
    The language techniques used in the text are imagery, symbolism, and metaphors. The use of language in the text is simple and conversational. There is many examples of imagery in the text the most obvious being the flame trees blinding the weary driver. The mood it creates is one of sadness and understanding for the sadness of don walker.

    Key concept
    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    The text discusses how as we get older we change and the society and world change with us. Things won’t always be there in this case the girl. Time changes us, it is inevitable that we age. When we are away from a place for a time things change, people come and go the society of the town changes.

    Is the change presented as positive or negative ?Is it enforced? is it short term ? is it long term ? is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? unplanned ?
    The change in this text is negative as the man cannot find the girl he loves. The part that we get older is enforced but it is because the man moved away from the girl that she is not there anymore. He caused the change because he moved away and left the girl behind. The change has been long term he has been away for a long time and is just passing by when he shouldn’t have left. The change is dramatic because the man all of a sudden realises that he shouldn’t have left and what has happened because of it.
    What form does the change take – physical, emotional, perceptions, world?
    The change is definitely emotional, as he has lost the person he loves. It is also perceptions because his perception of his home town Grafton has changed. He is older and sees things from a different perspective. There is a physical change of being older.

  17. Purpose:
    What is this text about? How do we know?
    This text is about a man who is returning to his hometown, “We share some history, this town and I” where he used to have a girlfriend/wife who he left. As he is returning he is full of regret and nostalgia. We get several references to this these feelings through out the text. “I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her” is one reference to his regret towards this unseen woman.

    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
    The text composer; want us to feel the sense of longing, nostalgia, loss, hopelessness and pain. This is achieved through phrases like “sentimental bullshit” and “never say her name.” Also the composer could want us to feel the change that has gone on in his life between when he left and now when he is returning. All these feeling are causing the responder to feel empathetic with the composer.

    Textual structures and features
    What are the structures and features of the text?
    It is a 7-verse song in the form of 5 lines with no rhyming scheme. It uses lots of imagery “There’s a girl falling in love near where the Pianola stands”; as well as emotiveness, “Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway,” “Takes more than just a memory to make me cry”. The effect of this is creating a powerful stirring song that makes the listener emphasis with the composer.

    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    It belongs to rock/pop/alternative.

    What do the images suggest?
    The images suggest a man who is out with old friends in his old town trying to have a good time while all about him he is seeing things that remind him of the woman who he used to love and this is making him feel sentimental and melancholy. A reference to these memories that are coming back is the line “There’s a girl falling in love near where the Pianola stands” this could also be him reminiscing about when he fell in love with this unseen love of his.

    What kind of language is used in the text?
    Emotive “Takes more than just a memory to make me cry” this line shows us exactly how he feels about coming back to the town.

    Key concept
    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    He had once put his priorities before his feelings and this caused the loss of this girl and now he is feeling the loss of this girl. This has created a change of perspective in the composer because he now realises how much he loved her.

    Is the change presented as positive or negative? Is it enforced? Is it short term? Is it long term? Is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? Unplanned? What form does the change take – physical, emotional, perceptions, world?
    This change has had a negative affect because he now has feelings of unhappiness and nostalgia. Where once he was probably happy when he was with this girl he is now unhappy and miserable with the memories he now has of the girl. This negative effect is shown through “Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around”. The effect of this change is a long term one and it is a gradual change because the feelings of regret, nostalgia and unhappiness would have come on over the time he was away. Although the change was gradual the realisation of the change by the author may have been dramatic as he returned to “his hometown” and memories came back he may have suddenly realised the change that has occurred within him. The change that has occurred is a physical, emotional and perspective. The emotional and perspective change may have been caused by the physical move that he made when he left the town. This physical change would have brought on emotional changes as the author had time to think about the girl; the emotions that are associated with this physical change would be excitement, happiness (with being in a new place and starting a new chapter of his life). As well as uncertainty, regret and unhappiness from leaving his girlfriend as he was then assaulted by all these different emotions his perspective could have changed.

  18. hi!

    The two versions of Flame Trees we’ve discussed (Sarah Blasko’s cover and the Cold Chisel original) provide us with an insight into how time can change one’s perpective on life. According to the composer, this is about lost youth and the return to the archetypal Australian country town. “It’s a song of lost love, of mortality and what’s left behind.”

    Purpose:
    What is this text about? How do we know? ?

    we know that this text is about confusion, loss, a grief that has been ignored and an old love still strong, because the artist has turned into a mushy pile of overcooked baked beans “there’s a girl falling in love near where the pianola stands with a young local factory out-of-worker, just holding hands and i’m wondering if he’ll go or if he’ll stay”. he has returned to the place where he used to live, maybe even the place where he grew up, to find that he no longer recognizes it. even stranger, he realizes that the town is exactly the same, “there’s no change”. he’s trying to make the place seem the same as it always has, by going out with friends and having fun, but he “can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her” from bringing him to the brink of tears. He doesn’t want to believe this, “it takes more than just a memory to make [him] cry”, but it is definitely true, as shown by the above quotation.

    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why? ?

    the most likely people to respond to this text are the misspent youth of a bygone era. the Cold Chisel version was considerably more popular in its time than the Sarah Blascoe version is today.

    still, the most likely people to hear this text are young people, of all levels of intelligence, because they they are the ones who listen to current music. as a result a lot of the text might be missed by a lot of the audience

    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?

    he wants to hide his feelings from his world but share them with the audience. he is not being very successful. he is being distracted throughout by scenes which remind him of the time he spent with her, and he wants the audience to feel his gief

    Textual structures and features
    What are the structures and features of the text?

    this text has 7 verses one of which is repeated twice at the end of the song. it also contains a bridge between the 5th and 6th verses. the 5th verse is when the composer breaks down completely, and then bursts into the bridge section of the song in spectacular form.

    What sort of genre does the text belong to?

    it is a rock ballad

    What do the images suggest?

    the images suggest that life is going on, such as “flame trees” “everything within its place”, but that the composer is not living. he has in fact been dead inside ever since he lost this girl, and he has convinced himself until he returned that he was fine with that.

    What do the words suggest?

    pain, loss, dead hope, and time. unfathomable time. the composer has been hurting for a very long time, and his emotions are only catching up with him now.

    What kind of language is used in the text?

    the language is simple, but somehow retrospective. he is trying to live in the present when he died in the past.

    Key concept
    How is the concept of change evident in this text?

    clearly, since the composer left the town, he has changed. he then comes back, and even though he says that everything’s the same, he is noticing things like the pianola scene, indicating an altered perspective.

    Is the change presented as positive or negative ?Is it enforced? is it short term ? is it long
    term ? is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? unplanned ?
    What form does the change take – physical, emotional , perceptions, world?

    the change stems from a negative event, but seems neutral overall. the change has its effects rooted in the short term, but has happened gradually as his grief changed the composer. it seems to have changed the world but the world has stayed the same. the composer has been changed to such an extent that his perception of the world is completely different now.

  19. Purpose: 

    What is this text about? Flame trees are about how a mature man is returning to his hometown of Grafton. On his return he sees that most of the people that he knows are similar but not the same as when he was young. Emphasis is placed on how this one girl who we presume to be an old girlfriend is no longer present in Grafton and the man is sad about this. The background of this story is about “the one that got away” and how once this happens you can never go back to how things really were.
    How do we know? ? We know this through reading the cover of cold chisel’s album to get details such as what town it is and the storyline of the man returning to his hometown. However, the sentimental parts of the text like ‘the one who got away’ are sourced from constant reference and regret about the girl in the song. A quotation which outlines this regret is “number 3 is never say her name”. The other result of never being able to go back to the way things were, is evident in the quote “Do you remember nothing stopped us on the field in our day”. Although this quotation is about football, the young man is ‘stopped’ at the present time by her memory. And now she is gone, it is obvious that he will never be able to go back fully, to the way things were.
    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why? Although anyone who is a fan may read or listen to the text, there are many people who can actually relate to the themes of the text being the “one that got away” and “never going back to the way things were”. These may be the most likely audience. The themes are common, so this is probably why the song is so famous.
    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel? 
The composer of the text wants us to understand the consequences of the themes in the text. The themes can cause profuse sadness and regret, so I am guessing that he put them their as a way of getting the message across. The message in this case is that we should value our relationships and realize that change in any case may not be able to be reversed. This conclusion was found through witnessing the sad emotions of the man in the text.
    Textual structures and features

    What are the structures and features of the text? 
The storyline of the song emphasizes the sadness and therefore the amount of agenda of the song conveys to the responder. By starting the text off with an intro to let us know the reason of the song (a man’s homecoming to find his girls has left), the responder knows the storyline. However, the middle section outlines the regret within the man, being the emotional part of the song. The last stanzas of the song uses repetition of the chorus to slam the agenda or message into the responder so he/she does not make the same mistakes of the man in the song.
    What sort of genre does the text belong to? 
The genre of the song flame trees is Australian rock characteristic of one of the composers…Cold Chisel. However, if it were one of the different artists who sing it, the genre may be different.
    What do the images suggest? 
Images within the text such as the flame trees, pubs, cars, and love all suggest that the man who is experiencing the homecoming to Grafton is just a normal Australian man. This may also suggest that due to the man being a basic Aussie, the same things that happened to him can also happen to the responder such as regret of relationship fallout.
    What kind of language is used in the text? 
The language used in the text is that of the basic or typical Aussie language. This language may have been used in this way to outline how the experiences that the man in the song once again is a possible happening to people like us. Also the use of language we can relate to widens the base of responders or listeners gaining more relationships between them and the song.
    Key concept

    How is the concept of change evident in this text? The concept of change is first of all evident when the mates of the returned man meet up with him again. However since the man has left they would have physically and mentally changed, but this is not what the returned man wants to see. He most probably chose to outline the similarities because he hopes everything in Grafton is the same. The quotation outlining the similarities is “you boys look just the same”.
    The main concept of change however, focuses on the “one who got away” in regards the man’s long lost girlfriend. The man who returns to Grafton wants to see his girlfriend again and has not emotionally changed with his feelings. However the physical change of her not being present, has forced him to try and forget but instead he just chooses to avoid the topic. Along with the similarities he sees within his mates, it is obvious his emotions still haven’t changed with his feelings toward her because his mates look the same yet he can’t believe she has changed.
    Is the change presented as positive or negative? The change is portrayed as negative because of the emotions emitted as a result of the change. These include sadness and regret. The agenda of the song actually outlines that the change can be negative in that there may be no going back.
    Is it enforced? Is it short term? Is it long term? The change may or may not be enforced depending on the reason. If the people within the relationship fell out of love they would most likely change. However if the change resulted from the man striving for success elsewhere rather than in Grafton he may have taken that choice, bringing on the change. The change that did result from whatever reason, is long term as the effected mans life will undoubtedly be changed forever after his loss of the girlfriend.
    Is it gradual or dramatic? The change would most likely be dramatic at the start when the couple broke up. However, we cannot know this, as the text does not encompass the change. The change when the man returned to Grafton however was only gradual because he was looking for similarities rather than differences among his friends so he didn’t realize the changes so much.
    Is the change planned? Unplanned? 
The change in terms of the breakup between both the man and women involved may have been planned if it was a result out of interest of either one of them. This interest may include such things as looking for success outside of Grafton. Otherwise, the change may have not been planned due to the example of falling out of love.
    What form does the change take – physical, emotional, perceptions, world? The breakup change included both physical and emotional, however there was a perceptional and physical change when the man returned to Grafton.

  20. RESUBMITTTTT

    Purpose
    The text is about a man who reminisces his life before he left his home town. In particular he remembers his old love who he left along with the town and when he returns he finds that she is gone This is evident in the first paragraph where he says “We share some history, this town and I And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her.”
    The most likely audience for this text would be the music listening public. Either by recently listening to Sarah Blasko or to Cold chisel for older members of our society. The song has presented itself to young and old alike.
    The composer wishes for us to feel a sense of yearning and to feel his lost opportunity and things he has left behind. The feeling is created particularly in lines where he looks back upon his old life. Such lines like “Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field in our day.”
    Textual Features
    The text is a song with verse, chorus and a bridge.
    It belongs to the Australian pub rock genre
    The imagery suggests that the composer was blinded by the flame trees when he made his decision to move away from the town. This is in clearly evident in the chorus where is says “Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver”
    The words suggest that, like a typical Australian male, he is trying to hide his sorrow and despair in regards to the change that has taken place in the town and I believe that in the lines ‘Settle in to play “Do you remember so and so?” Number three is never say her name’
    The language used in the text is common, colloquial and simple. He uses a lot of imagery and symbolism and the flame trees are an extended metaphor representing his blindness and stupidity in thinking that he would be the same when he returned
    Key Concept
    The girl who he loses because of his decision to move away from his town represents change in this text. Through the use of symbolism and imagery he describes how he has been changed by the disappearance of his woman. In the chorus he describes how “There’s no change, there’s no pace, everything within its place”, however he feels emotionally unfulfilled.
    The change in the text is depicted as negative because of the lost opportunity when his girl is not there when he returns. It is a long term change because the chance of her coming back or of him leaving again are great. The change is both planned and unplanned. He left the town believing to himself that his girl would be there when he returned however she left.
    The change that he experienced was emotional because it changed his emotions in the text when the girl was not there for him.

  21. Purpose
    This text is about a man who goes home to his childhood town to find that physically nothing has changed, but emotionally he has and that he will never be able to go back to how he was when he lived in the town as a child. We know this through the imagery that is set down as well as several sentences. Such as “We share some history, this town and I” and “Do you remember so and so?”. The people most likely to listen to this text are rock fans, which at the time was the younger generation. This is because at the time rock music was the younger people’s music. The composer wants us to feel a sense of: loneliness, opportunities gone by, going home.

    Textual Structures

    This song has a chorus that is repeated 3 times, with 4 verses and a bridge as well. The bridge is the line “Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field In our day”. This is a bridge between remembering the old days and thinking about how he wishes it was the same, to just accepting that the change has happened and there will be no going back. This song belongs to the genre of Aussie Rock. The imagery in this song shows a sleepy old town that has jacarandas lining its roads, hasn’t changed since he left it. Also suggested is a group of old friends sitting in a pub drinking a few beers and reminiscing about the old days. The words suggest that on the inside he is in turmoil about having left a childhood sweetheart. The language used in this text is colloquial, is very imagery and has symbols. An example of this colloquial language is “Number two is the happy hour at one of two hotels”, this is Australian colloquial language. Such as the Jacarandas, which I believe are a symbol for change as they are deciduous and change seasonally, and are the only things that actually change in the town.

    Key Concept
    The concept of change is shown through the imagery, symbolism and the repetition of the chorus with its message of change. The imagery starts within the first line where he says “Kids out driving Saturday afternoon pass me by”, this shows a sleepy old town where nothing happens and to pass time the kids drive. This adds to the physical change of the song in which nothing physical changes other then the flame trees. With his reminiscing of the old days, switching of time periods back to modern times is very effective at showing the concept of change. I think the change is presented in a negative way. By the way the language is used you can tell that he regrets leaving the girl and changing from childhood to adulthood. This is presented in the two lines “Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around, But Ah! Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway”. This isn’t really enforced though. The change can be seen as both short term and long term. Personally I see it as a long term change. He has changed over a long period of change to become an adult and he has regretted his leaving for a long time not a short one. The change for his regret I think is very dramatic while the change from childhood to adulthood is very gradual. I am sure that the change is unplanned. I think that he planned to leave the girl but not the consequences of it, and he most definitely didn’t plan to grow older. The change takes the form of emotional, and a little bit of physical change. The emotional change is the way that he feels about coming back to the town and the way that he left the girl. He is feeling that the town will now be nothing and completely different now that his girl is gone, but as he finds out the town is still exactly the same it is him that has changed. As for the physical change this is in the way he grows older and also in the way that the jacarandas are the only thing that changes in the town. This is shown in the lines “Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver, And there’s nothing else could set fire to this town” This refers to the jacarandas and the way it is the only thing that changes. His perception of the world also changes as he immediately associates the town to her and loneliness.

  22. Resubmit
    Sarah Blasko/Cold Chisel – Flame Tree
    Purpose:
    What is this text about? How do we know?
    I think it’s about reminiscing with your mates – over the girl that got away, over the old antics, and watching all the young people embarking on their lives, all the while remembering the old days and how you once did the same thing. We know this from the lyrics and many other interpretations of the song believe that this is what the text is about.
    ‘Flame Tree’ is also a song about self-realisation and reflecting on the past, the song itself is a metaphor for this realization. This can be seen when Walker states in the lyrics “There’s no change, there’s no pace, everything within its place. Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around.” Although, I think that the entire song makes this metaphor and without the entire lyrics it would not make sense.
    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why?
    I think that the people most likely to view or read this text would be everyone as it reflects and connects with everyone. This is because of the style and the fact that the song is about a very common event in most peoples lives. The common factor of losing someone close to you, the fact that things change and the realisation and self-realisation of that is the reason that this song can connect with a wide and varied audience.
    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
    The composer wants us to feel like we have a relationship with the song, as if we have a connection with it. This is done by the lyrics, “Takes more than just a memory to make me cry”, and “Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around”, as they describe events that are common to most people. The song also has the calming tone that makes you being to think about yourself as well.
    Textual structures and features
    What are the structures and features of the text?
    The storyline of this song is that of a sad and regretting story of a man. This is introduced well in the first and second verses. It then goes onto the middle section of the song. This is where is becomes very clear that it is an emotional song, and that the regrets the composer, Walker, has. The song ends with repetition, which really drills the message of the song into the listener’s head. This final stanza of the song really makes the audience aware and connect with the text.
    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    The genre of this text, as the original by Cold Chisel, is a rock ballad.
    What do the images suggest?
    The images suggest the composer remembering the times he/she had as a young adult. Lyrics, such as, “Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field in our day”, which gives us the image of the composer reminiscing of their past and how they, together were unstoppable. These lines make the imagery a strong picture of the composer’s past.
    What do the words suggest?
    The words in this text suggest that the composer is contemplating his/her past. Remembering the good times while trying to forget about the bad, but the one thought that stays with him/her is a bad thought of the loss of a close friend.
    On a close examination, such lines as, “Just makes it harder to believe she won’t be around”, are showing us that the composer is still in pain over this girl. The lyrics in this text also suggest that lost hope, lost time and lost friends are also a large factor in this song.
    What kind of language is used in the text?
    Key concept
    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    The change is notable in this text as the composer has obviously left the town, “I’m just savoring familiar sights. We shared some history, this town and I”, and he has now returned to the town. On his returned everything has changed, including his perspectives on some things. But the composer does not believe everything has changed. This is evident by the lyric “You’re doing well. After all this time you boys look just the same”.

    Is the change presented as positive or negative? Is it enforced? Is it short term? Is it long term? Is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? Unplanned?
    What form does the change take – physical, emotional, perceptions, world?
    The change is both positive, “And I’m happy just to sit here round a table with old friends”, and negative, “And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her”, to the composer, as it has had both effects on the composer. The effects on the composer are that he is able to move on from most things, and have a laugh about it, but negatively, he has the one memory that makes him feel depressed and like something is missing and always will be missing from his life.
    It is enforced change as the composer did not have complete control over the change. It is both short and long term change, with the long term being the memories that he keeps with him, mainly the negative memories. The short term being how the other changes have effected him. It is gradual and the change that is evident and enforced in the text is unplanned. The change is in the form of physical, as he and his mates have all gotten older and therefore physically changed, emotional, as the composer again has grown older and wiser and now sees things from different perspectives and this makes his emotional attitudes to change, this includes perceptive changing. Also, the world has seemed to have changed, as it is always changing throughout time, and nothing can stop that.

  23. Flame Trees

    I believe the text ‘Flames Trees’ is a representation of a journey of a man’s life that experiences many significant changes. These changes are represented by the journey of a man who leaves his hometown of Grafton as well as leaving a special individual that he has intimate feelings towards. The song explores many feelings and emotions that he experienced on the return to his hometown. Emotions such as optimism, lust, empathy as well as sympathy are evident amongst the text. This is seen when the song talks about how he cant stop that forgotten feeling of her “And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her”. Also in verse three there is a sentence that says “Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around” this particular segment identifies the strong feelings that are expressed about these individuals and how close they were. Another aspect of change that is expressed is that concept of a man, in this case the composer going back to his hometown, of Grafton, and finding his perceptions of the town had changed dramatically but physically nothing had changed at all. This is reinforced by a quote from the song “There’s no change, there’s no pace” meaning that even though he had changed and grown up the place that we assume he once called home is just as it was when he left it. This paints a picture of the town being old, still, stagnant and in some cases depressing.

    Although it is easy for us to say that anyone who likes the music of Cold Chisel or Sarah Blasko can relate to this song but the real truth is that the most likely audience that are able to genuinely relate to this are the people who share the same ideals that are expressed in the song. Some people might be able to relate to the concept of ‘the one who got away’ or the concept that people move away from small towns to make something bigger and better of their life but then they come back and they hit rock bottom of reality when they realise that sometimes things just don’t change “There’s no change, there’s no pace”.

    The composer of the text wants us, the audience, to have the opportunity to relate to some of the ideals, consequences and emotions that are revealed within the text. Much of the text revolves around the value loneliness, sadness and regret. They use these techniques I believe to send across the focus that relationships and loved ones are special and they should be the number one priority. Also that if you know that you have someone that is special to you then hold on to them and treat them well other wise you will suffer the consequences. Some of which are revealed in the song “And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her”.

    This text is made up of 7 verses one of which is repeated twice at the end of the song to emphasis the message being sent across to the audience, the message that is discussed above. It also contains a bridge between the 5th and 6th verses. The 5th verse is when the composer breaks down completely, and then bursts into the bridge section of the song.

    This song belongs to many genres pop/rock/alternative
    But as different people sing it then obviously the genre is going to change accordingly.

    The language of the text, I believe is emotive. This is supported by the fact that some of the verses express dominant emotions. “But Ah! Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway?
    Takes more than just a memory to make me cry”. This quote shows sarcasm in the tone of his voice through the use of a rhetorical question then that is followed by a sentence trying to make excuses. To me this is enough evidence to persuade me to believe this is emotive language.

    The images suggest that life goes on no matter how much you want it not to. It suggests how everything changes if it’s for the good or the bad or whether you like it or not. “Everything within its place” and “There’s no change, there’s no pace” this illustrates that everything is the same except for him [composer] and how the past is only catching up with him now.

    It is obvious to the audience that the composer has left town some time ago and during that time he had changed. He then ventures back to the same old town and says to us that everything is the same although he is noticing some change in his perspective of different things for example the pianola scene.

    The change in the texts originates form a negative event but looking at it as a bigger picture it can be seen as neutral. The original changed happened over a short time but as a consequence it has sprawled out into a long-term change. Although the change happened gradually its effects were still felt to the extreme extent. The change had such an affect on the composer’s life that now his perceptions of the world are viewed through a whole different set of eyes.

  24. Flame trees
    Flame trees, is a text about lose of youth and lose of a true love. The text deals with various issues mainly to do with love/ love loss, stagnancy of small town and the painful indecisive memories that can be summoned by returning to an old town or place. The title Flame Trees is a cultural reference to the composers (Don Walker) hometown, Grafton. Once a year the jacaranda trees flower in a beautiful array of colour hence flame trees. This is a metaphor the composers uses to convey his point, that true love only blossoms once. Walker used many everyday, bochwa themes and objects to create a real connection with the song to everyday people.
    Walker also uses lots of idiomatic and colloquial expression to convey his point of change and help the audience relate to the text such as, “nothing stopped us on the field in our day” and “see who could tell the biggest lies”. These lines help gain the readers hearts and play a vital part in establishing the emotional theme of the text. Repetition also helps the reader/ listener get the point of the text and create an emotional connection. Imagery also plays a significant feature in the text with “flame trees” and other various emotive passionate images.
    The song is aimed at people who like listening to soft pop rock. It tells a story of change and people enjoy listening to stories throughout songs. It relates to many people because of the sincerity and purity of the lyrics, also because so many people have seen lover slip through their fingers never to be seen again. The emotive language that is harnessed also gives another reason for people to like the text because yet again it relates to people who have lived in a small country town.
    The key concepts of change in this text are losing love and returning to an old town to find surprisingly how stagnant the town really is. The views of the town and his past love are represented from an older wiser perspective, none the less he still hurts but the composer can reflect and pass judgement on his bad decisions and his indecisiveness. I believe that Don Walker was expressing his perspective of change in a negative way. This is seen in the text by the way he has used change as a long drawn out thing that can be put into the back of your mind, but one day all the emotion that has been bottled for years will be split in an overwhelming fashion. In saying this though I think that Don Walker values the comfort of small town stagnancy. This is evident in the text “this town shares a lot of history you am I” I believe that this aspect of change is valued but at the same undermined in the song because of his bitter feeling and remorse.

  25. PURPOSE:
    What is this text about? How do we know?
    This text is about a man returning to the place where he grew up to find all the people he grew up with except the girl he lost. This is evident in the line “sit here round a table with old friends” and the girl is lost is evident in the quote “never say her name”.

    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why?
    A lot of people can relate to this text because the theme is very universal i.e. loss of a girl.

    What does the composer want us to know/feel?
    Don Walker wants us to feel a deep sense of loss of youth and love. This is evident in the last line of the chorus “just makes it harder to believe that she wont be around”.

    TEXTUAL STRUCTURES AND FEATURES
    What are the structures and features of the text?
    The chorus is repeated 3 times (2 at the end) which is good use of repetition and within the chorus is the feelings of the composer (Don Walker) without stating any events that happen.
    Within the verses there are the actual plot points and events e.g. “Kids out driving Saturday afternoon pass me by”

    What do the images suggest?
    The images suggest that the writer really misses the lost girl “Nothing else could set fire to this town”.

    What do the words suggest?
    My interpretation of the words are that the composer left behind everything but then returned to what he thought would be the same place he left but was wrong. “There’s no change there’s no pace, everything is in its place”

    What kind of language is used in this text?
    This text is in pros in the verses “Who needs all that sentimental bull shit anyway”, but in the chorus it is in rhyme “ There’s no change there’s no pace, everything is in it’s place”.

    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    The change in this text is evident in the way that the composer reminisces about how things used to be “Nothing stopped us on the field in our day” and opposes it to how it is now “Takes more than a memory to make me cry”.

    Is the change presented as positive or negative?
    The change is obviously presented as negative “Takes more than a memory to make me cry”

    Is it enforced? Long/short term? Gradual/dramatic? Planned/unplanned
    The change was enforced by an accident that happened to the girl “Flame trees will blind the weary driver” and “Harder to believe that she wont be around” lead me to suspect that the girl is either dead or injured. Saying that “She won’t be around” implies that she will never be around again. This means that it is Long term, dramatic and unplanned.

    What form does the change take?
    The change is one of the perception of the place that he grew up “can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her”

  26. The text is about relational change over time, it shows that all decisions have consequences and effects, which can be for the good or bad. This text describes a man who has left his hometown of Grafton and, his girl. We share some history, this town. It is on this journey back to his hometown that he reflects and remembers the old times.
    We came assume the town he is referring to is Grafton as the Jacaranda tree, with is vibrant purple color is famous for the area and could be referred to in the text as the flame tree. We know he has lost his relationship with someone and feels sorrow and pain, I And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her. The text is about regret and how he longs to go back to the way things used to be.
    He returns to the town were he remembers past feelings and memories which he had thought he had left behind. He feels regret that he left his love, while everything else remains the same, everything within its place. These similarities in the environment, makes it harder to come to terms with his lost relationship, as it is the only things that seems to have changed.

    The song appeals to a wide range of people, and is a very popular song. It is a simply writer, catchy and entertaining song. Many people can relate to it as the central theme of lost and regret is a main issue in many people’s lives, there fore is very popular. The Cold Chisel version would appeal to older people, as Cold Chisel were popular in the early eighties, while the Sarah Blasko’s cover version would appeal to modern listeners, as the alternate genre has become very popular recently.

    The composer wants us to feel the feeling of regret, loss and longing as he has lost his love. It does this though the tone of the song and the emotive language used, I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her. The nostalgic tone of the text is a major feature of portraying the mood therefore the overall feeling of the text. He remembers how things used to be and regrets he had left, there’s a girl falling in love near where the pianola stands.

    This is a very long song as it has 7 verses, 3 choruses and 1 bridge. It is planned very uniquely, as it builds up to the first chorus then drops down as the tone changes, in the forth stanza, “Ah! Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway”? It then builds again in the 5 stanza and climaxes in the bridge before the chorus, then drops once more for the repetition of the last 2 choruses.
    There are many language features of this text, emotive language is used to express the sadness the composer is feeling, takes more than just a memory to make me cry. Imagery is used to paint a picture in the reader’s head about the environment that he describes, such as kids out driving Saturday afternoon pass me by. A rhetorical question is used to make the reader think, such as the question do you remember; nothing stopped us on the field in our day. Past and present themes are used to describe the differences or lack of differences over the years and also in his own perspective. Repetition is used as in most songs as the chorus is repeated.
    The cold chisel genre is rock anthem and pub rock, this means it is something the majority of people could relate to. Sarah Blasko’s version is alternative.
    Kids out driving Saturday afternoon pass me by, try to book a room to stay tonight, happy just to sit here round a table with old friends, there re’s a girl falling in love near where the pianola stands. These image rich lines suggest a old dull town with many familiar memories and scenarios it also expresses the sadness and regret he is feeling as everything else seems the same apart from his lost relationship, and I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her, this line clearly represents his feeling of regret as everything is the same, but he can’t forget his feeling of her.
    The song is written in colloquial language, which is typical for pub anthems. Imagery, descriptive and emotive language are also used to create a tone to express the feeling of sadness and loss.
    The concept of change is evident as he wishes he hadn’t left but had stayed with his girl.

    Change is presented as negative, as he wishes it could be like it used to be. Change is enforced and unplanned as he didn’t think he would’ve feel the way his way. It is long term, as he has left and come back to his hometown, that he left many years ago. The change is emotion and perceptional, “But Ah! Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway, but not physical as the town remains the same, everything within its place.

  27. Resubmission

    Purpose
    This text is about a man who goes home to his childhood town to find that physically nothing has changed, but emotionally he has and that he will never be able to go back to how he was when he lived in the town as a child. We know this through the imagery that is set down as well as several sentences. Such as “We share some history, this town and I” and “Do you remember so and so?”. The people most likely to listen to this text are rock fans, which at the time was the younger generation. This is because at the time rock music was the younger people’s music. The composer wants us to feel a sense of: loneliness, opportunities gone by, going home.

    Textual Structures

    This song has a chorus that is repeated 3 times, with 4 verses and a bridge as well. The bridge is the line “Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field In our day”. This is a bridge between remembering the old days and thinking about how he wishes it was the same, to just accepting that the change has happened and there will be no going back. This song belongs to the genre of Aussie Rock. The imagery in this song shows a sleepy old town that has jacarandas lining its roads, hasn’t changed since he left it. Also suggested is a group of old friends sitting in a pub drinking a few beers and reminiscing about the old days. The words suggest that on the inside he is in turmoil about having left a childhood sweetheart. The language used in this text is colloquial, is very imagery and has symbols. An example of this colloquial language is “Number two is the happy hour at one of two hotels”, this is Australian colloquial language. Some of the symbolism is the Jacarandas, which I believe are a symbol for change as they are deciduous and change seasonally, and are the only things that actually change in the town.

    Key Concept
    The concept of change is shown through the imagery, symbolism and the repetition of the chorus with its message of change. The imagery starts within the first line where he says “Kids out driving Saturday afternoon pass me by”, this shows a sleepy old town where nothing happens and to pass time the kids drive. This adds to the physical change of the song in which nothing physical changes other then the flame trees. With his reminiscing of the old days, switching of time periods back to modern times is very effective at showing the concept of change. I think the change is presented in a negative way. By the way the language is used you can tell that he regrets leaving the girl and changing from childhood to adulthood. This is presented in the two lines “Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around, But Ah! Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway”. This isn’t really enforced though. The change can be seen as both short term and long term. Personally I see it as a long term change. He has changed over a long period of change to become an adult and he has regretted his leaving for a long time not a short one. The change for his regret I think is very dramatic while the change from childhood to adulthood is very gradual. I am sure that the change is unplanned. I think that he planned to leave the girl but not the consequences of it, and he most definitely didn’t plan to grow older. The change takes the form of emotional, and a little bit of physical change. The emotional change is the way that he feels about coming back to the town and the way that he left the girl. He is feeling that the town will now be nothing and completely different now that his girl is gone, but as he finds out the town is still exactly the same it is him that has changed. As for the physical change this is in the way he grows older and also in the way that the jacarandas are the only thing that changes in the town. This is shown in the lines “Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver, And there’s nothing else could set fire to this town” This refers to the jacarandas and the way it is the only thing that changes. His perception of the world also changes as he immediately associates the town to her and loneliness.

  28. Purpose:

    What is this text about? How do we know?
    This song is about someone going back to Grafton, where they had grown up, and seeing how it hasn’t changed at all. It is about the sense of nostalgia that he feels, knowing that “she won’t be around”. “After all this time you boys look just the same”. This line outlines the stagnation of Grafton, and how life moves very slowly there.

    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why?
    There is no set audience for this text, as the message is very central to all ages and cultures. It has a meaning that anyone can relate to, and so become part of the audience.
    What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
    The composer wishes us to empathise with his sense of longing for “her” and recall our own experience of coming back to a childhood residence and seeing the stagnation that is present. This journey emphasises the process of ageing and the recognition of lost youthfulness.

    Textual structures and features:

    What are the structures and features of the text?
    This song is composed of seven verses, three of which are choruses. This long structure allows the composer to elaborate on the message of the song. “Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway?” This allows almost anyone to relate to the composers feelings. “There’s no change, there’s no pace” and “there’s nothing else could set fire to this town”. These images of stagnancy help us to get a more coherent idea of the message of the text.
    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    This text doesn’t really belong to a specific genre. It could possibly be classified as a free verse song. It has been appropriated from the original song by Cold Chisel, written in the 70’s.
    What do the images suggest?
    “I’m just savouring familiar sights” and “Everything within its place”. These sorts of images, accompanied with the slow tempo of the song, articulate the stagnancy of a small country town. Specific imagery such as this allows the listener to gain a better sense of the past and present, which shows how his perception of the town has changed.
    What kind of language is used in the text?
    Throughout the piece, much colloquial, idiomatic language is used. For example, “Number two is the happy hour at one of two hotels, Settle in to play “Do you remember so and so?”” is very basic, idiomatic, colloquial language, which allows anyone to understand and empathise with the feelings of longing and nostalgia in the composer.

    Key concept:

    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    Change is a key part of this song. It expresses, through the use of familiar images, the typical, slow moving life of a country town. The main change is that “she won’t be around”. Also, by using both past and present tense, a sense of changing perspective towards the town itself, and also her old friends. Her feelings of constant similarity, and stagnation are evident throughout the song.
    Is the change presented as positive or negative? Is it enforced?
    The change represented in this song portrayed as being negative, as the composer seems to be constantly mournful over the loss of a loved one. The fact that everything is the same, except “her” absence makes it more difficult to return, as expressed in the line “Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around”. This feeling of remorse is enforced several times throughout the piece, with almost exact repetition of the line above. There is no imperative language used, however the repetition of the idea helps to enforce it. The composer is feeling the effects of age, and yearns to undo this change, and go back to her old life, as is articulated in the line, “I’m happy just to sit here round a table with old friends”.
    Is it short or long term? Is it gradual or dramatic?
    It really is long term, showing the effect of growing out of her previous life.
    Is the change planned or unplanned?
    The physical change, of her growing up, was inevitable, however, the composer seems not to have planned for it, or been unaware of the consequences of lost youth that come with age.
    The mental change that came with her age, that of experiencing new things, seeing things through new eyes, seems to have been the goal of her change, yet she didn’t realise that she would forget what it was really like to be a part of the small Grafton community.

    What form does the change take – physical, emotional, perceptions, world?
    The change that is represented is personal, as her particular issue only really affects the composer. “And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her”. This line suggests her private struggle with loss. The main change represented in the song involves a change in perception. This perception change is directed towards things from her past, and affects the way that the way that the composer views her old town and old friends.

  29. Purpose:
    What is this text about? How do we know? ?
    This text is about growing up and the changes that that creates. A boy, the singer, goes back to his home town trying to find a girl that he once loved to find that nothing had changed other then she now wasn’t there. “And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her”. “After all this time you boys look just the same”

    Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why?
    This is a very central theme that many people can relate to, losing someone because of an order of priorities.

    Textual structures and features
    What are the structures and features of the text?
    It is a song with 7 verses and a chorus that is repeated 3 times. The language used in this is generally quite emotive. Reminiscing on past times can often give the feeling of euphoria and this text gives you that feeling. It is telling this as a story by telling of the writers first impressions upon returning and slowly getting more in depth.

    What sort of genre does the text belong to?
    Rock in the Cold Chisel version but more towards pop on the Sarah Blasko version.

    What do the images suggest?
    These images are reminiscing on the singer’s youth. “Kids out driving Saturday afternoon” is demonstrating this and showing how simple this life was. The feelings that this evokes is a happiness yet an emptiness. It is ironic though as even though he has gone to fulfil this, everything that was important to him is right here.

    What do the words suggest?
    This song gives induces regret and sadness. This makes his message very clear and everyone that listens to this song must feel some form of sympathy. “And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her”

    What kind of language is used in the text?
    There is strong use of emotive language throughout this song. Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around”, “Takes more than just a memory to make me cry”.

    Key concept
    How is the concept of change evident in this text?
    This song is demonstrating the effects that time has on people. In this case it is negative as the writer has lost someone that meant a great deal to him. “There’s a girl falling in love near where the pianola stands With her young local factory out-of-worker, holding hands.”

    Is the change presented as positive or negative ?Is it enforced? is it short term ? Is it long term ? Is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? Unplanned ?
    When the writer made the choice of leaving, he also made the choice of leaving the one that he loved. Upon returning, he has realised this and realised that it is too late.

    What form does the change take – physical, emotional , perceptions, world?
    I believe that this change takes form in all of the above. It is emotional because when someone leaves you you feel a deep sadness and it generally effects you psychologically. It is perceptions and world as the singer has returned to this town regardless of the fact that nothing has changed he feels nostalgia and has a different outlook on this town.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *