Mudcat Café message #4069920 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168402   Message #4069920
Posted By: Stewie
27-Aug-20 - 11:41 PM
Thread Name: Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
(Mike O'Connor)

It's away to Tintinara and miles to Emu Springs
Every year a little farther to the song the drover sings
It's a hundred miles from Adelaide the Overlander rolls
Then a dusty road to sunrise where open bushland calls

And the music on the wind is the creaking of the saddle
And the rhythm of the song are the hooves upon the ground
Where the fences run forever to the dusty blue horizon
And like gems on distant velvet, stars echo to the sound 'Call me back'

There's a lonely crossroad beckons to the blue remembered hills
Then beyond the sands of Sugarloaf where memory lingers still
On the sunlit plains of yester year where lyre birds dance and sing
Are the echo of the voices a bushman's dreams can bring


And around the paddock dreaming, you know that she'll be right
And around the billy boiling the stories last the night
For there's room enough for breathing, there's space to be your own
And to sing again the old song and watch the sun go down


Martyn Wyndham-Read explains the genesis of the song at the end of this video:

Youtube clip