Yeah, I, I became homeless
and a drunk when I was about 15 years of age,
in Sydney. I drank nearly every day. Every chance I could get. It came to a point
in my life, with alcohol, it was really doing me a lot of damage. So
I had to find a way to stop drinking. And fortunately, I did. But there was a void
when I stopped drinking, there was
an emptiness, a void in my life. And I had to fill that void. Music seemed to be
the best way to do that. And I remember
just playing cover songs, a lot of country music, maybe some Dylan. Then I started to write songs,
country-type songs, like falling in love
and getting drunk because you’re happy you fell in love. The type of songs
I was familiar with. Until one day an uncle of mine, Uncle Banjo, came up to me
and heard I was writing songs. ‘Ah, you write songs don’t you boy?’ And I go ‘yeah unc, I dabble’. ‘Why you write a song about when you was taken away?’ And I said ‘I don’t remember
much about that, unc, I was just about two’. And he looked at me, he looked me straight in the eyes and he said ‘yeah, but I do’. And we sat down, he told me a story about that day. It took me a night
and a morning to write it. I write the song
‘Took The Children Away’, not so much about children
that were taken away but about who we were taken from. And they were just left to wonder
what was going on and where we went. But also about coming back
home to those people and finding out who you were
and what that really meant. Your identity as a person. My music and songs are really
mostly about trying to find, searching for oneself, and what that truly means. And
who you really are. And your place. That place of where you belong and what you mean in this world. Your meaning in life. Your reason for being here.