DAVE’S AUSTRALIA DAY ADVENT JUKEBOX #13

MAN ON THE LAND

A previously unreleased track for number 13 Man On The Land was something Martin Cilia and I got together to create in the late 80s hoping to write some material for Slim Dusty. We actually played it at my one and only Tamworth appearance a few years later. Lyrically it’s an interesting snapsot of what was going on 30 years ago before China emerged as a huge trading partner. Click on the title for the Bandcamp version and there’s also a chart for those who’d like to play along.

MAN ON THE LAND

The man on the land is in deep water

Our wool’s not in demand our sheep are only fit for slaughter

And the Ruskies can’t afford to pay for a million tonnes of wheat

The man on the land is in real deep

While our sailors in the Gulf protect the Saudis with their blood

The Saudis send our live sheep back and say that they’re all dud

And the Canberra politicians cannot trump the Saudi hand

So the price is paid by the man on the land

The man on the land is in deep water

Our wool’s not in demand our sheep are only fit for slaughter

And the Ruskies can’t afford to pay for a million tonnes of wheat

The man on the land is in real deep

The banks in the city want all that they can take

They need to fill the kitty to pay for past mistakes

They can’t afford to lend a dollar to lend a helping hand

So the price is paid by the man on the land

The man on the land is in deep water

Our wool’s not in demand our sheep are only fit for slaughter

And the Ruskies can’t afford to pay for a million tonnes of wheat

The man on the land is in real deep

The European markets pay their farmers to produce

They’re deaf to Aussie pleas to ease the dump and to reduce

We’ve tried to play it fair but the rules are underhand

And the price is borne by the man on the land

The man on the land is in deep water

Our wool’s not in demand our sheep are only fit for slaughter

And the Ruskies can’t afford to pay for a million tonnes of wheat

The man on the land is in real deep

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