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GerryM Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook (986* d) RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia 20 Dec 20

Home Among the Gum Trees
Robert Alexander Brown / Walter Edward Johnson

I've been around the world
A dozen times or maybe more
I've seen the sights, and had delights
On every foreign shore
But when my friends all ask of me
The place that I adore
I tell them right away

Give me a home among the gumtrees
With lots of plum trees
A sheep or two, a kangaroo
A clothesline out the back
Verandah out the front
And an old rocking chair

I'll be standing in the kitchen
Cooking up a roast
With Vegemite on toast
Just me and you, a cockatoo
And after tea, we'll settle down
Beside the hitching post
And watch the wombats play


There's a Safeway on the corner
And a Woolworths down the street
And a new one's just been opened
Where they regulate the heat
But I'd trade them all tomorrow
For a simple bush retreat
Where kookaburras sing


Some people like their houses built
With fences all around
Others live in mansions
Or in bunkers underground
But I won't be contented
Til the day that I have found
The place I long to be



Best known from recordings by Bullamakanka and by John Williamson, both of whom changed the words a bit. I've gone back to the original recording by Captain Rock for the lyrics here. That recording also includes a humorous introduction, and a verse in high school French, neither of which I have been game to transcribe.

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