Salt of the Earth – Australian Country Music – Terry Bennetts


1. The Trainee Ringer
I met him at the bus stop, of a far west Queensland town He wore a big Akubra hat, Just like a Ringers’ Crown With RM Williams riding boots and shoulders broad and straight
So I looked him up and down and said ‘How are you mate?” 2.Salt of the Earth
Australia’s southern pioneer at the age of 81
We paid you tribute and we wished you well And Derby said “well done”
Salt of the Earth, Are men like George, few and hard to find. 3. Turquoise Bay (instrumental) 4. The Old Camp Oven
And many’s a rowdy chorus, we sang when the nights were fine
And we ate from the same camp oven This old camp oven of mine. And many’s a rowdy chorus… 5. Amen
When came his judgement day, I don’t believe he was turned away
He’s with St Peter and the Billie’s on the boil again
Amen Amen, his God was their beside him on the land Amen Amen…. 6. Unsuitably Dressed
All eyes were in the room were upon him, as a young man took hold of his sleeve,
We have certain rules we abide by, and unless you are here as a guest
We can’t serve or attend to your asking, well you’re not even suitably dressed. 7. Pardoo Station (instrumental) 8. When I Hear A Bush Song
When I Hear A Bush Song, in my mind I can see The pictures of those fellows, and a beautiful country The history of our nation, on a canvas rich and red
We’ve been waltzing with Matilda, and we’ve advanced Australia fair. I hear songs of now and songs of long ago,
Back when the horse was swift and the pace of life was slow 9. Thank God for the Rabbits
All those swaggys out on the road, To a family with a mob to feed
So for years those times remembered, to our land would take it’s toll,
And for many if there’d been no rabbits, there’d have no meat at all. Thank God for the Rabbits, they were their
saving grace, A curse to the farmer, for them dinner on
the plate They were thankful for the meat they gave… 10. Ashburton River
…more than a blanket below, I dreamed of my past and the things that went wrong,
While the Ashburton River goes drifting along Past Windura Station and out to the sea, through
the spinafex country where the turkeys run free Where the wind in the white gums, whispers it’s song The Ashburton River goes drifting along Past Windura Station and out to the sea… 11. Feel Like Home
Was it just a dream, nothing is as it seems Make it feel like home, Make it feel like
home I won’t make it on my own, Make it feel
like home. 12. Band of Mates
And for us three fella’s standing here, mateship we’ll all hold dear
Will last until out dying days We’re a band of mates out on the road, spreading
cheers as we go, Soon all your troubles will be gone, we’ll
sing our songs of the land To our guitars you can clap your hands
As the music keeps rolling on. Yeah he finally retires, he rolls up his swag
and heads for the city smoke. Australia’s southern pioneer at the age
of 81 We paid you tribute and we wished you well
And Derby said “well done” Salt of the Earth, Are men like George, few
and hard to find.

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