Blue Sky Mine

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"Blue Sky Mine"
Single by Midnight Oil
from the album Blue Sky Mining
Released 1990
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1989
Genre Alternative rock
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Midnight Oil
Producer(s) Midnight Oil, Wayne Livesy
Midnight Oil singles chronology
"Dreamworld"
(1988)
"Blue Sky Mine"
(1990)
"Forgotten Years"
(1990)

Blue Sky Mine is a song by Australian rock band Midnight Oil released in 1990 as the first single from their album Blue Sky Mining. It peaked at No. 8 in the ARIA Singles Chart, No. 7 on the RPM Top 100 Singles chart in Canada, No. 25 in the French Top 50, No. 66 in the UK Singles Chart, No. 47 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 1 on both the Billboard Album Rock and Modern Rock charts.

The song was inspired by the experiences of workers at the Wittenoom asbestos mines who contracted various asbestos-related diseases.[1][2][3] The "blue" refers to blue asbestos, and the "sugar refining company" refers to the Colonial Sugar Refining company (CSR), the owner of the mines.

Track listing[edit]

7" version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Blue Sky Mine"   R. Hirst, J. Moginie, P. Garrett, M. Rotsey, W. Stevens[4] 4:20
2. "You May Not Be Released"   R. Hirst, Moginie, P. Garrett, Rotsey, W. Stevens[5] 3:40
Total length:
8:00
12" version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Blue Sky Mine"   R. Hirst, J. Moginie, P. Garrett, M. Rotsey, W. Stevens[4] 4:18
2. "Wedding Cake Island"   R. Hirst, J. Moginie, P. Garrett, M. Rostey, P. Gifford[6] 3:15
3. "Blossom and Blood"   R. Hirst, J. Moginie, P. Garrett, M. Rostey, P. Gifford[7] 4:35
Total length:
12:08

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 8
Canadian RPM Top 100 Singles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 66
US Billboard Hot 100 47
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1

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