Paul Kelly Pens New Song 'Every Step Of The Way' Inspired By Eddie Betts To Combat Racism

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Paul Kelly's new single is inspired by Eddie Betts. Paul Kelly's new single is inspired by Eddie Betts.

Paul Kelly continues to show why he's seen by many as a statesman of Australian music and culture.

The classy songwriter who pens tales about Australiana and the struggles of the common folk has turned his attention to one of the country's greatest footballers, Eddie Betts.

Recently retiring from the AFL after 350 games (with Carlton and Adelaide), Betts has endured racism throughout his life – both on and off the field.

In recent years, Eddie's public response to the personal hurt racism inflicts on him and his family has exposed an ugly truth that still permeates throughout Australian society.

One such incident led to Eddie bearing his soul on national TV last year that inspired Paul to write a deeply emotive and heartfelt song, 'Every Step Of The Way', about the path Eddie is on (alongside so many other Indigenous advocates) in educating Australia about the everyday racism that still exists.



"Eddie Betts has brought joy to me and so many others with the amazing feats he's performed on the field for 17 years," Paul says.

"But he's shown even more class and courage off the field in talking about the deep hurt of everyday racism. Eddie keeps educating."

Released with the support of Eddie, the song highlights an ongoing issue that we continue to struggle with in Australia.

"I was so honoured when Paul reached out to me with a song that he had written from his heart," Eddie says.

"He has always empowered us mob with his music and his authentic and heartfelt collaborations have always been enjoyed by myself and all my family for many years.

"I feel proud to have this song written for me by someone so respected here in Australia and someone who has always stood in solidarity with us mob – this song means a lot to me."

'Every Step Of The Way' - lyrics
Tonight I went out from the kitchen
And looked up at the stars from the yard
I was hoping to get some perspective
But sometimes perspective is hard
I know my life is a blessing
And all blessings come with a curse
My enemies I know I can handle
But friends now, well, they can be worse
Oh, I'm so sick and tired of keeping it inside
I'm so sick and tired today
I remember the old ones' hard travelling
They're with me every step of the way
Thousands smile when I go through my paces
They fall at my dancing feet
They like to slap my back in high places
They want to shake my hand on the street
Oh, I love my beautiful children
They clamber and climb all over me
I close my eyes and I'm dreaming
Of a world where they can just be
I'm so sick and tired of keeping it all inside
I'm so sick and tired today
I remember the old ones' hard travelling
They're with me every step of the way
The old ones are walking beside me
Each and every step of the way

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