I'm Livin' In The '70's by Vanessa Barklay

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This is a sign from one of our local pubs which has a motel in a time warp in my little North Queensland town, Ravenshoe. An eclectic little place I’m sure anyone would enjoy visiting plus you get Colour TV here!

Skyhooks were an Australian band in the 70’s and early 80’s, I dug them and couldn’t get this song out of head when I took this photo, so here it is…

I feel a little crazy
I feel a little strange
Like I’m in a pay phone
Without any change
I feel a little edgy
I feel a little weird
I feel like a schoolboy
Who’s grown a beard

I’m livin’ in the 70’s
Eatin’ fake food under plastic trees
My face gets dirty just walkin’ around
I need another pill to calm me down

I feel a bit nervous
I feel a bit mad
I feel like a good time that’s never been had
I feel a bit fragile
I feel a bit low
Like I learned the right lines
But I’m on the wrong show

I’m livin’ in the 70’s
I feel like I lost my keys
Got the right day but I got the wrong week
And I get paid for just bein’ a freak

I feel a little insane
I feel a bit dazed
My legs are shrinkin’
And the roof’s been raised
I feel a little mixed up
I feel a little queer
I feel like a barman that can’t drink a beer



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Vanessa Barklay is RavenMadd, accomplished digital artist who has sold work on and off Red Bubble, lives in Far Nth Queensland, Australia – specializing in Fantasy, Mythology, History and Space inspired artworks.

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  • main1
    main1almost 4 years ago

    Love the antique effect on this picture. I can’t wait to visit!! Color TV really?? ;) Actually I can’t wait .. Hopefully next year!

  • Thanks Marleia! Cool, make sure you visit the town if you do, yep, colour! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekalmost 4 years ago

    hahaha………..too funny!!! Wild lyrics by the Skyhooks? LOL.

  • Thanks steph, you’d love them, Shirl is an Aussie icon! Google Skyhooks and check them out, real fun! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Caroline Angell
    Caroline Angellalmost 4 years ago

    How funny isn’t that?! Bet that sign has been hung right there since the 70s. Conjours up all sorts of images for me….Imagine parking outside checking this motel out in your Holden (maybe an EJ or if you were really up to date a HJ, HK or HZ with Skyhooks or similar on your radio) and thinking that a motel with COLOUR TV was the deal clincher on an over nite stay!! Love it :O))

  • hahaha I know! I drive past it so many times, y’know, bottle shop entrance and all…lol so I thought, hmm, that retro sign deserves some recognition! Thanks for enjoying it Caroline! :O

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Caroline Angell
    Caroline Angellalmost 4 years ago

    As soon as I saw it I knew the sign and where it was – your recognition of something that everyone just drives past with not second thought is priceless!

  • :O) I hope they never change it!!

    – Vanessa Barklay

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