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Thread #168402   Message #4078828
Posted By: Stewie
08-Nov-20 - 07:12 PM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Sandra, many thanks for the list. You've done a splendid job. Onwards!

GOOD LIGHT IN BROOME
(Neil Murray)

I was hangin' out in Sydney and I was goin' down
I'd done too many parties and my money was runnin' out
Then I met an old man who lived all alone
He had two dogs for company, that's all he owned
He was savin' his pension for a one-way fare
Said when he had enough, he was gettin’ outta there
I said, ‘really, what are you gonna do?’
He smiled and said, ‘there's good light in Broome’

I went out to western Queensland, working in the sheds
Met a girl in Quilpie and we got wed
Moved up to the Gulf, had our first born
We were livin' in a caravan, I was workin' on the prawns
I came home from a stormy sea
She'd up and gone and left a note for me
On it she wrote, ‘I’m sick of you’
That's when I felt there's good light in Broome

Good light in Broome and I'll be there soon
I know exactly what I'm a gonna do
Sit on the beach, stare at the moon
Haven't you heard - there's good light in Broome

I headed down south, couldn't take the hint
Saw a lot of pubs, I had a lot to drink
I was runnin' pretty ragged, I didn't hardly eat
I was thinkin' about her and what she did to me
There was a road and a hairpin bend
Then I woke up in a hospital bed
‘How do ya feel?’, said a voice in the gloom
I gave the answer, ‘there's good light in Broome’

I went truckin' out of Melbourne, back and forth to Perth
Didn't take long and it seemed like a curse
My eyes were on the road, but my mind was somewhere else
When I pulled in to a Nullarbor roadhouse
The waitress came over and she's there lookin' at me
She asked me how I was, I said, ‘a bit ordinary’
She said, ‘I thought that might be your tune’
I said. ‘don't tell me, there's good light in Broome’

Good light in Broome and I'll be there soon
I know exactly what I'm a gonna do
Sit on the beach, stare at the moon
Haven't you heard - there's good light in Broome

Well when I get to Cable Beach, I'll fall right out of the truck and into the sea
With my clothes still on, I'll plunge under the waves
And all the dirt will drain away
And just like Bunjil, I'll get two dogs
And every evenin' I'll walk them along
On the edge of the country, take in the view
Just like I heard, there's good light in Broome

Good light in Broome and I'll be there soon
I know exactly what I'm a gonna do
Sit on the beach, stare at the moon
Haven't you heard - there's good light in Broome

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--Stewie.