Plumber Dean Harnett from Australia penned the lyrics to “Mystery
Blue,” a song about the dangers of asbestos. Harnett was inspired
to write the song after mesothelioma took the life of his friend’s
father. Music producer Peter Oats, who lost his own mother when he was
a child to what was most likely asbestos related lung cancer, composed
Dean Harnett and Peter Oats perform "Mystery Blue"
Both men worked on the song as a way to honor their loved ones and to articulate
the insidious dangers asbestos exposure poses.
Speck of dust, it dealt its hand
Still so many don’t understand
Growing slowly, taking its course
Time bomb taking gradual force
Keep it coming supply and demand
Precious resource from our land
They knew, they saw, they conquered all
Their profits rage, while men fall
Australia’s mesothelioma rate
is expected to peak between 2014 and 2021. Australia shares the highest annual rates of disease, approximately 30
case per million, with the UK. Tradespeople, such as plumbers and construction
workers working on renovations, are the most at risk for developing mesothelioma.
In the video interview Dean Harnett and his coworker Brett Peake spoke
about their awareness of asbestos exposure for people working in the trades
and how you important it is to protect yourself. “It might not affect
you in the short term, but in the long term that’s where it will
really get you.” They are taking part in the walk for the Asbestos
Disease Society of Australia next month where the song will be performed
and promoted to raise awareness.
Check out the video of Dean Harnett and Peter Oats performing “Mystery
Blue” and their interview: