Certain songs get stuck in my head so easily. One of my brain’s most popular songs to put on a never-ending loop is ‘Flame Trees’ by Cold Chisel. Jimmy Barnes’ rasping voice is not a beautiful voice in the traditional sense. He’s unlikely to ever win Australian Idol. But its ability to convey emotion, tell a story and reveal pain is enhanced by its flaws.
I’ve wandered off topic…
This is a flame tree and it’s in the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens. So there’s no need to take a road trip to Grafton in New South Wales (the town on which the song is based) to see these spectacular botanical specimens.
But if you do ‘Flame Trees’ is my favourite road trip sing along song.