School of Hard Knocks

The Immaculate Crows

The Immaculate Crows

The Immaculate Crows are a Brisbane-based Australian Alternative band formed originally by Bruce Neilsen and Chris Allen in 1982. Their second singer was David Page who would have been one of the first (if not the first) indigenous frontmen/vocalists in an Australian band. David had been a teenage pop-star. He was the first Australian to be signed to a Motown label. He sadly passed away in 2016. The band broke up in 1984 and Bruce formed Insurrection and The Popes before playing with The Immaculate Crows again briefly in 1984. They did songs that covered a broad spectrum of genres including punk, new wave, psychedelic, progressive rock and pop. Bruce and former member Mark Hocknell reunited in 2020 and several new songs have been released since. The Immaculate Crows is now a partnership where Bruce writes the lyrics, music and arrangements and Mark produces and plays on the initial tracks. Bruce also plays on the initial tracks. Carolyn Neilsen records vocals and extra tracks as well as doing the final mix which is sent to Kagen Step for mastering. Vocalists are sourced locally.


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Verse 1
There’s  you can tell me
That I don’t  know
At  things that  in life
Buried deep in your soul

Verse 2
You can say I’m a beggar
A  or a fool
But I  myself somehow
In a  kind of school

Verse 3
I was  to despair
By  and poverty
My  were  shadows
Surrounding me

Verse 4
Don’t  unless  to
Your  don’t  
And neither
Do you

Verse 5
I was  this lesson
Too well
In this school

Verse 6
In the  
Of hard knocks
Where no-one
Listens to you

Verse 7
I was  down by bullies
Pimps and  too
Abandoned by my father
And  too

Verse 8
Brought up by the State
In a  zoo
That  a prison
For my mind too

Verse 9
Somehow I survived
With  just like me
The ones you don’t really
Want to see

Verse 10
The ones that survived
The  taught to me
In the  of hard knocks
I was  brought to my knees


In the  of hard knocks
No one  your name
No one  to see you
Or play your game

Where I was  to hide
Where I was  to run
Taught to survive
Look  number one

Taught to survive
Look  number one

Taught to survive
Look  number one

Taught to survive
Look  number one

Taught to survive
Look  number one

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Written by: Bruce Neilsen

Submitted by Crowsmusic on June 08, 2021


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