Midnight Oil was motivated by talking about things in big scales, from societal and political points of view, and I love them for it. But as for relating to their songs, I always bring it down to a personal level.
I appreciate this song because ultimately, it is about a desire to change — and the frustration that comes from inability to do so in a quicker, more efficient manner. Change is to do or be something different from what you’re used to. Often it comes with a lot of struggle. I particularly appreciate the end of this song, where the baritone Peter Garrett climbs up to a rare high squeal yelling “change, change, c’mon… change!!” I feel like somebody grabbing my shoulders, shaking me and screaming in my face. Sometimes that’s what it takes.
I am the only one who can change, and I am the only thing I can change. If I don’t change, then I’m giving up one thing over which I have the power to subject to my will. I do often feel stuck, feeling powerless — so just to prove to myself that I have the power to change, I’d try small changes. From where I set my toothbrush to using a different phrase for mundane greetings, I build momentum based on little things that I know are within my control. And listen to this song. Remind myself that I have the power. Amplify that voice in my head.