Put Down That Weapon (song)

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"Put Down that Weapon"
Single by Midnight Oil
from the album Diesel and Dust
Released 1987
Format 7" vinyl
Length 4:38[1]
Writer(s) James Moginie
Robert Hirst
Peter Garrett
Producer(s) Warne Livesy, Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil singles chronology
"Beds Are Burning"
"Put Down That Weapon"

"Put Down That Weapon" is the second single by Australian rock band Midnight Oil from their sixth studio album, Diesel and Dust.


"Put Down That Weapon" talks about war, and its effects. The song reached #32 on the Australian singles charts,[2] and #34 in France,[3] as well as #9 in New Zealand.

Track listing[edit]

Australian release
  1. "Put Down That Weapon" (Hirst, Moginie, Garrett, Rotsey, Gifford)[4] - 4:38
  2. "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" (Nick Lowe)[4] -
European release
  1. "Put Down That Weapon" (Hirst, Moginie, Garrett, Rotsey, Gifford) - 4:38
  2. "Dreamworld" (Hirst, Moginie, Garrett, Rotsey, Gifford)[4] - 3:36
  3. "Short Memory" (Hirst, Moginie, Garrett, Rotsey, Gifford)[4] - 4:54


"Put Down that Weapon" is included on the two-disc compilation album "Essential Oils", released November 2012.


  1. ^ Back of album cover: Diesel and Dust
  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discography Midnight Oil". Australian charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discographie Midnight Oil". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) search engine". APRA. Retrieved 17 November 2010.  Note: requires user to input song title e.g. PUT THE WEAPON DOWN

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