Slim Dusty - Bible Of The Bush
My young wife started something when our partnership was new, She wrote "Dear Slim from your loving wife, June 13th, 1952 The 'Poetical Works of Lawson', just a plain red bound book, But this since 'fifty-two, I've worked right through, My bible of the bush.. It's battered now and faded and it's travelled o'er the years, An' I patched it up so many times, an' mended the pages with care, Oh, there's pencil marks on the pages Abbreviations where a verse is long But the ole red book, my bible of the bush, Always has just one more song. [Instrumental] Whenever I'm down an' angry, an' the world is closing in Hey, I grab my guitar and the old red book An' I find another song to sing, Once again on the track with Andy, Gone with cattle down the Castlereagh, Well I'm lecturing old Sweeney on that pub verandah again. Oh, there's truth there's hurt, there's pity, For the battler, the lonely, the old, There is laughter, humour and kindness In the stories of life Lawson told, I hope that you take my meaning I'm not being irreverent an' smart, But when I call this book my bible of the bush, I speak from the depths of my heart. It's battered now and faded from, it's travelled o'er the years, An' I patched it so many times, an' mended the pages with care, I suppose I should get a new but I feel that it would be wrong, For this ole red book, my bible of the bush, Been my track mate too darn long. Hey this ole red book, my bible of the bush, Been my track mate too darn long.