On The Outback Highway

On the outback highway miles from anywhere
The nearest big town three hours driving to get to there
On either side of the highway big paddocks flat, brown and bare
In the seemingly deserted outback even gum trees are rare
This is a big Country i have come to realize
That is sparsely populated for it's great size
In Australia a long drive between most big towns in a car
To get to Interstate places one has to travel far
Miles and miles of brown paddocks is all one can see
From the outback highway miles inland from the sea
People who live in the outback their nearest neighbor may live ten miles away
In the most sparsely populated Country in the World of today
On the outback highway miles from anywhere
It is a dry and bare country the big country out there.

by Francis Duggan

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