So what did we build this city on?

johnboy 7 May 2009 46

Say what you like about Allawah Court, it seems to generate a better (or at least more lyrical) class of graffiti than the moronic tagging found in more well to do neighbourhoods.

On Ainslie Avenue today I noticed this one proclaiming “We built this city on smack and roll”.

While I’m not one to ever disparage the misquoting of Starship, I feel the assertion lacks evidence (leaving aside the Legislative Assembly).

So if not “smack and roll”, of what was this city built?


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magella magella 7:36 pm 08 May 09

I was referring to your comment, s4anta.

And forgive my ignorance but when I googled the name Hugh Lewis all I got was some ballarat geneology website. Guess I’m no rocket scientician…

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 9:23 pm 07 May 09

astrojax said :

‘politics and soul’ doesn’t scan but, berraboy…

we probably built it on a legless lizard habitat and a sacred site so we’ll be cursed for ever and never get an a-league or afl team here.

Hence the “I was bored, sue me” quote, AJ:) Oh to have a job where i can play with lyrics all day….

In reality I think the answer to JB’s question is ‘a whim’.

astrojax astrojax 8:02 pm 07 May 09

‘politics and soul’ doesn’t scan but, berraboy…

we probably built it on a legless lizard habitat and a sacred site so we’ll be cursed for ever and never get an a-league or afl team here.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 5:30 pm 07 May 09

I’ve got no idea what they built it on … all I know is I’m glad that they built it when they did. If you tried to do it now some whinging NIMBY butt-wipe would probably come crawling out from under a rock to carry on about non-existant issues that were impacting on non-existent amenity of their meaningless lives.

G-Fresh G-Fresh 5:10 pm 07 May 09

PURSUTE said :

According to the rest of the country it’s ‘Sex and Fireworks’.

And pot. Don’t forget the pot. Pot pot pot.

peterh peterh 4:45 pm 07 May 09

Thumper said :

Silurian Rugosa?

Well, at least the creek at the airport is…

alluvial sediment, igneous deposits and tectonic plate shifts

with vulcanism thrown in for good measure.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:31 pm 07 May 09

Pommy bastard said :

Sausage rolls of course!

I heard it’s a long way to the shop…

S4anta S4anta 4:09 pm 07 May 09

magella said :

S4anta said :

Hugh Lews said :

It was built on ngunnawal country…..all of you are tresspassing.

Sorry if the spelling is wrong, I dont know how those idiots spell it.

It’s not wrong to laugh..

Its not trepassing if you breed them out.

Please be joking…

With a name like Hugh Lewis his intent isnt exactly rocket surgery.

old canberran old canberran 3:57 pm 07 May 09

The vision of our forefathers, manual labourers and horses and what Hercsie said.

Hercsie Hercsie 3:08 pm 07 May 09

The city was built on the sweat of european Migrants, my dad being one of them – came here in ’51 and worked on the first Cotter dam extension.

magella magella 2:51 pm 07 May 09

S4anta said :

Hugh Lews said :

It was built on ngunnawal country…..all of you are tresspassing.

Sorry if the spelling is wrong, I dont know how those idiots spell it.

It’s not wrong to laugh..

Its not trepassing if you breed them out.

Please be joking…

Thumper Thumper 2:40 pm 07 May 09

Silurian Rugosa?

Well, at least the creek at the airport is…

chokubaijo chokubaijo 2:37 pm 07 May 09

in wollongong they sing “steel and coal”

but for canberra I would have to go with

we built this city ” on a plan walter stole form his wife” or at least took credit for

Jivrashia Jivrashia 2:00 pm 07 May 09

Not a history buff, but here goes…

“Syd and Mel’s grudging compromise”

Danman Danman 1:52 pm 07 May 09

Devonoian era conglomerate – or so my yr 9 science teacher (Speedy Eadie) insisted

PURSUTE PURSUTE 1:41 pm 07 May 09

According to the rest of the country it’s ‘Sex and Fireworks’.

realityskin realityskin 1:10 pm 07 May 09

Easily your best post.

S4anta S4anta 12:54 pm 07 May 09

Hugh Lews said :

It was built on ngunnawal country…..all of you are tresspassing.

Sorry if the spelling is wrong, I dont know how those idiots spell it.

It’s not wrong to laugh..

Its not trepassing if you breed them out.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 12:51 pm 07 May 09

WE built this city,
We built this city on politics and soul(x2)

Say you don’t know me, or recognise my face
I’m anonymous on RiotACT, its that kind of place
but Canberra’s ambience is fading, reality now winning the fight
even here too many runaways – eating up the night

Parton talks to no-one,
who listens to the radio?
Don’t you remember?
We built this city
We built this city on politics and soul
We built this city, we built this city on politics and soul
Built this city, we built this city on politics and soul

Stanhopes always playing, wanky artistic games
Who cares he’s always passing on the blame
I just want to live here, into my old age
you can call me a dreamer, but this is my lifes stage

Scotty and Nige are getting better
I might turn on my radio..
Don’t you remember?
We built this city
We built this city on politics and soul!
We built this city, we built this city on politics and soul
Built this city, we built this city on politics and soul.

It’s just another Sunday, in a tired old town
Police have got the choke hold, or they would if they were around

Who ignores their children, walking down the street
Who cares if they mug you, they used to be so sweet
Don’t tell me I’m happy, ’cause we’re no bunch of fools
Looking for the old Canberra, now threatened by moronic tools.

Don’t you remember …

JBs talking RiotACT,
ev’ry Friday on the radio
Don’t you remember?
We built this city,
We built this city on politics and soul
We built this city, we built this city on politics and soul
Built this city, we built this city on politics and soul
Built this city, we built this city on politics and soul
Built this city, we built this city on politics and soul

Ok I was bored – sue me!

Hugh Lews Hugh Lews 12:47 pm 07 May 09

SORRY!

i didnt read enough posts to see that someone already ‘went there’.

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