Bagpipes Calling

I’ve never been to Melbourne.

New world cities in the seventies. Red brick buildings offset by more recent concrete. It reminds me of home, Vancouver. Walking to downtown on the Cambie Bridge, back when it had wooden sidewalks.

The story, heard and repeated many times, is that bands doing the outback circuit played behind a net. You either rocked the place or got a beer shower.

Three Scotsman and a couple of Aussies. They’re climbing the stairs and tell the story, with a hat tip to their roots, of the first steps.

The bar rocks.

“Ridin’ down the highway
Goin’ to a show
Stop in all the byways
Playin’ rock ‘n’ roll
Gettin’ robbed
Gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ beat up
Broken boned
Gettin’ had
Gettin’ took
I tell you folks
It’s harder than it looks

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
If you think it’s easy doin’ one night stands
Try playin’ in a rock roll band
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll

Hotel motel
Make you wanna cry
Lady do the hard sell
Know the reason why
Gettin’ old
Gettin’ grey
Gettin’ ripped off
Under-paid
Gettin’ sold
Second hand
That’s how it goes
Playin’ in a band

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
If you wanna be a star of stage and screen
Look out it’s rough and mean

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll

Well it’s a long way
It’s a long way, you should’ve told me
It’s a long way, such a long way” — AC/DC“It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll),” T.N.T. (1975)

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