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Also known internationally as "Across the Western Plains" or "Across the Western Oceans", this is one of many Australian lyrical versions of this song. It is variously sung as an upbeat celebration, or as a warning of the perils of drinking to those who over-indulge. Our version is raw and raucous...enjoy!


Well I’m a rambling lad, and me story it is sad,
If ever I get to Lachlan I should wonder,
Cos I spent all me brass in the bottom of the glass,
Now across the western plains I must wander.

Now it’s all for me grog, me jolly, jolly grog.
It’s all for me beer and tobacco.
‘Cos I spent all my tin in a shanty drinking gin,
Now across the western plains I must wander.

Well I’m stiff and stoney broke and I’ve parted from me moke,
And the sky is looking black as flaming thunder,
And the shanty boss is blue since I haven’t got a sou,
And that’s the way they treat you down and under.


I’m crook in the head and I haven’t been to bed
Since first I touched this shanty with my plunder.
I see centipedes and snakes, and I’m full of pains and aches
And I feel it’s time to push for way out yonder.


I’ll take to that Old Man Plain and I’ll cross it once again
Until me eyes the track no longer see, boys
And my beer and whisky brain search for sleep but all in vain
And I feel as if I had the Darling Pea, boys.


So go hang yer grog, your hopeless bloody grog,
Your beer that’s loaded with tobacco;
Grafting humour I am in so I’ll put the peg right in
And I’ll settle down once more for some hard yakka.



from To Lawsons Joy, released January 26, 2014
Engineered by Bryce Moorhead.
Produced by Bryce Moorhead and Steve Towson.
The Kunkala Station Band are Steve Towson (lead vocals, guitar, drums and more), Les Buschel (guitar, backing vocals), Luke Mysliwy (violin, backing vocals), Kimbeaux Dawson (flute), Mitch Humphrys (double bass, guitar, backing vocals), Ness Glenn (cello, backing vocals).
Track photo taken at Mofo's, Cairns. Profile photo by Staples. Banner art by TB (Mr. T + MC.T + WHO).


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