DAVE’S AUSTRALIA DAY ADVENT JUKEBOX #16

BIG LAND

Something different today – I’m not the singer, although it’s still in the family. For my jukebox number today I’m handing over to Nicole. This is the opening track on her album `Forever And A Day‘. (HIT THE TITLE BIG LAND TO SEE THE VIDEO)

The song Big Land was written I think about 1991. The tune and lyrics came to me around the time Martin Cilia were working up a lot of country ideas, and so the two of us then shaped the song into what it is now. Tony Cooper did a fabulous job on the video for us.

Hope you enjoy it: it is definitely very Australian.

BIG LAND (D.Warner & M.Cilia)

Here I am stuck on the highway at night

My car broke down but I’m feeling alright

I left the city with my pre-conceptions on

But five weeks on the road

And all my self-deception’s blown

This is a big land and the people got a big heart

I left the smog and headed for the bush

With this old car some dreams and not much cash

Well I mislaid my dreams

But I found my self-esteem

And I made friends in Perth and Cairns

And every tin shack in between

This is a big land and the people got a big heart

The land is big and the people got a big heart

From the Murrumbidgee on up through Arnhem Land

Nothing’s gonna stop you if you got a helping hand

This is a big land and the people got a big heart

Looking out at the Southern Aurora I touched infinity

And standing on a Darwin beach I smelled the Arafura Sea wash over me

This is a big land and the people got a big heart

From the Murrumbidgee on up through Arnhem Land

Nothing’s gonna stop you if you got a helping hand

This is a big land and the people got a big heart.

MARTIN, HOWIE SHAWCROSS, DAVE – DARWIN AND ALICE TOUR WRECKED BY ANSETT STRIKE

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