Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hey, who doesn’t like poetry?

A sort of Kiplingesque “tribute” to Oodnadatta, which I assume is not one of Australia’s major tourist destinations (although it looks like one of those hot, dusty places that have always appealed to me).

H/T to the ever-diligent Captain Heinrichs.


Albury Shifton said...

The Australian version of a song you may know refers to Oodnadatta:

Well, I was humpin’ my bluey on the dusty Oodnadatta road,
When along came a semi with a high and canvas-covered load.
(Spoken) “If you’re goin’ to Oodnadatta, mate, um, with me you can ride.”
So I climbed in the cabin and I settled down inside.
He asked me if I’d seen a road with so much dust and sand, I said
“Listen, mate, I’ve travelled ev’ry road in this here land.”

Cos “I’ve been everywhere, man,
I’ve been everywhere, man.
‘Cross the deserts bare, man;
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I’ve had my share, man.
I’ve been ev’rywhere.

Been to:
Tullamore, Seymour, Lismore, Mooloolaba,
Nambour, Maroochydore, Kilmore, Murwillumbah,
Birdsville, Emmaville, Wallaville, Cunnamulla,
Condamine, Strathpine, Proserpine, Ulladulla,
Darwin, Gin Gin, Deniliquin, Muckadilla,
Wallumbilla, Boggabilla, Kumbarilla,
I’m a killer.

(Spoken) “Yeah but listen here, mate, have you been to…”

I’ve been to Moree, Taree, Jerilderie, Bambaroo,
Toowoomba, Gunnedah, Caringbah, Woolloomooloo,
Dalveen, Tamborine, Engadine, Jindabyne,
Lithgow, Casino, Brigalow and Narromine,
Megalong, Wyong, Tuggerawong, Wangarella,
Morella, Augathella, Brindabella, I’m the feller.

(Spoken) “Yeah, I know that, but have you been to…”

I’ve been to Wollongong, Geelong, Kurrajong, Mullumbimby,
Mittagong, Molong, Grong Grong, Goondiwindi,
Yarra Yarra , Bouindarra, Wallangarra, Turramurra,
Boggabri, Gundagai, Narrabri, Tibooburra,
Gulgong, Adelong, Billabong, Cabramatta,
Parramatta, Wangaratta, Coolangatta, what’s it matter?

(Spoken) “Yeah, look that’s fine, but how about…”

I’ve been to Ettalong, Dandenong, Woodenbong, Ballarat,
Canberra, Milperra, Unanderra, Captains Flat,
Cloncurry, River Murray, Kurri Kurri, Girraween,
Terrigal, Fingal, Stockinbingal, Collaroy and Narrabeen,
Bendigo, Dorrigo, Bangalow, Indooroopilly,
Kirribilli, Yeerongpilly, Wollondilly, don’t be silly.

I’ve been here, there, ev’rywhere, I’ve been ev’rywhere.

spot_the_dog said...

A bit of trivia for you:

The code for the Oodnadatta Airport is ODD.

Greater Oodnadatta from the air: click

Merilyn said...

Hey that poem is good.
Did you have fun Paco saying Oodnadatta?
Albury, haven't heard that song in years.

Paco said...

Thanks for the tune, Albury.

Spot: Just how I pictured it!

Merilyn: I did, in fact!

RebeccaH said...



Skeeter said...

Paco, our American friends also seem to have trouble pronouncing Coonabarabran. It helps to know that you should accent the first, third and fifth syllables (all "a's" are pronounced in the American way).
Anyway, feel no shame if you can't manage it — our university-educated Prime Minister has just pronounced hyperbole as hyperbowl on prime-time national television.

Paco said...

"Hyperbowl"? HAW, HAW!

Minicapt said...

And they apparently have a NASCAR standard tri-oval.