He Is From The Bare Brown Lands

He is from the bare brown lands where the salt bush grow
Where old Murray River towards the Pacific crawls slow
Since he left Tailem Bend he has traveled far and wide
And has shorn in many a hot shearing shed in the brown outback countryside
In his thirty fifth year a few years past his prime
He has not been back to Tailem Bend for six years quite a long span of time
For him to be away from his South Australian Hometown
Where he was born and raised in and where old Murray in waters of brown
On towards saltwater silently deep and slow
To the mighty Pacific at a snail's pace does flow
A young man who is partial to his pot of cheer
In a south western Queensland town tonight he is on the beer
With his shearing mates enjoying the night out
Far north of his Hometown by the Murray down south.

by Francis Duggan

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