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Stewie Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook (993* d) RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia 13 Oct 20

There is some interesting stuff in Roger Montgomery's fascinating 'Pilbara Connection' compilation. He included a song by my good mate, Alex Green, who spent several years in Darwin before moving to Queensland after Cyclone Tracy. 'Mile Seven' was written when he was working for a mining company in the Pilbara. The tune may be found at p138 of 'Pilbara Connection'.

(Alex Green)

The sun comes o'er the red rock hills
To the east of Dampier town
It breathes its fire upon the earth
It turns the dust red-brown
It breathes its fire upon the men who work upon the track
It burns their minds and it burns their souls
It turns their bodies black

Into this hell of flies and sweat
For money men are driven
To work upon the railroad track
At a place they call Mile Seven
To earn their pay, to buy their drinks
To earn a young gin's smile
Down in the camp they share their bunks
Just like a prison cell

In the pubs, they drink and talk
Of girls they once knew well
They drink and talk of girls they knew
Until their hearts are sore
Then back into the empty room
And close the money door

Repeat stanza 1


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