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24.10.12

Here One Moment: Victorian Bushfire Song Free Download

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I wrote Here One Moment in 1994 after the Sydney fires, which claimed life and property within about a 10 minute drive of my home.

In 2001 the fires came up to the back of our house at about 2 am in the morning – I stayed, the family had been evacuated. It was quite an experience standing in my backyard when the flames finally appeared coming up through the bush. Being threatened by fire just makes the reports that much more real, even though we lost nothing.

I felt the Victorian fires – our worst ever with loss of life topping a horrifying 200 average Aussies – warranted a new verse for Here One Moment.

It’s here to mark the personal, tender, tearful, empty loss of what has happened.

Feel free to download the song (hit the downward arrow) and share it:

Here One Moment

Words and Music by Colin Buchanan
© 1994 and 2009 Universal Music (Aust.)

Verse 1.
I love this house
I built this house
We raised our children here
The walls have shared the tumult
In the passing of the years
But we lost it all last Saturday
In the crackle and the roar
Our home consumed
Escaping
All we had was what we wore

CHORUS
Our little street
The blackened wrecks
Here one moment
Gone the next
Our little house
There’s nothing left
Here one moment
Gone the next

CHORUS

Verse 2.
We saw the news from Kinglake
And felt our blood run cold
Marysville and Heathcote Junction’s
Ashen heart and soul
Precious big and little lives
Townships torn apart
Tears fell in the cinders
From a million broken hearts…

CHORUS
Our little street
The blackened wrecks
Here one moment
Gone the next
Our little town
There’s nothing left
Here one moment
Gone the next
Our little town
There’s nothing left
Here one moment
Gone the next

Here’s the original verse 2:
No policy or insurance deal
Could properly replace
The memories and love
That we had tied up in this place
The markings on the door-frames
All we’ve done and all we’ve known
It takes months to build a house
It takes a life to build a home…

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Tour Dates

    • 30 May Colin Buchanan in Gladstone, QLD at “HopeLINK/Gladstone Baptist Church”
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