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Special Treatment

This song is by Paul Kelly and appears on the compilation Hidden Things (1992).

Grandfather walked this land in chains
A land he called his own
He was given another name
And taken into town

He got special treatment
Special treatment
Very special treatment

My father worked a twelve hour day
As a stockman on the station
The very same work, but not the same pay
As his white companions

He got special treatment
Special treatment
Very special treatment

Mother and father loved each other well
but together they could not stay
they were split up against their will
until their dying day

They got special treatment
Special treatment
Very special treatment

Mama gave birth to a stranger's child
A child she called her own
Strangers came and took away that child
To a stranger's home

She got special treatment
Special treatment
Very special treatment

I never spoke my mother's tongue
I never knew my name
I never learnt the songs she sung
I was raised in shame

I got special treatment
Special treatment
Very special treatment

Yeah we got special treatment
Special treatment
Very special treatment

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