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Christmas Island

by Steve Towson

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This song was written by Darren Madeo and given to Steve Towson to record and play live. All money received from the sale of this digital track goes to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (www.asrc.org.au).

It's a beautiful song written about a sad and inhumane practice in our modern world; the imprisonment of asylum seekers and refugees. This song aims to encourage people to take a more compassionate and humane stance to support those who are less fortunate or fleeing from horrific situations.


I've travelled far
to find a better land,
to find a better home,
I could just call my own,
I could just call my own.

I fled with my life
on a mine field track.
Now I have nothing
but the shirt on my back.

Under cover of night,
pulled away from the shore.
The harbour of lights
I can't see anymore,
I can't see anymore.

So I write to you
with sadness my friend,
cause now this is Christmas,
Christmas Island again.
Now this is Christmas,
Christmas Island again.

My journey's been long,
so long I've lost time.
Sometimes I do feel
I'm losing my mind.

By ocean and land
they lock down all the doors,
patrol down the fences,
I've seen this before,
I've seen this before.


The ministers fight
and gamble on lives.
I'm dying inside,
I pray for my time.

When I'm a free man
to go where I may
or stay in one place,
please don't turn me away,
don't turn me away.



released December 7, 2014
Darren Madeo - composer
Steve Towson - vocals and piano
Ness Glenn - violin and cello
Bryce Moorhead - bass guitar and rice shaker
Nic McCaffrey - drums

Produced by Bryce Moorhead. Arranged by Bryce Moorhead, Steve Towson & Ness Glenn.

Steve uses Tym Guitars, except on this song. But check out Tym Guitars all the same as he is an awesome man (tymguitars.com.au).


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