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AUSTRALIAN SONGS

Along the
Road to Gundagai

music and lyrics
by Jack O'Hagan

First published in 1922, Along the Road to Gundagai sold over 100,000 copies in that first year. It also became a very popular World War II song. If you remember the Dad and Dave radio show which ran for years, it was their theme song as well.

There are over 30 old bush songs and poems about Gundagai.

What the words mean

  • Gundagai ~ town located along the Murrumbidgee River 390 km south-west of Sydney, NSW. Gundagai lies within the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri speaking people.

There's a scene that lingers in my memory
Of an old bush home and friends I long to see
That's why I am yearning
Just to be returning
Along the road to Gundagai

There's a track winding back
To an old-fashioned shack
Along the road to Gundagai
Where the blue gums are growing
And the Murrumbidgee's flowing
Beneath that sunny sky
Where my daddy and mother
Are waiting for me
And the pals of my childhood
Once more I will see.
Then no more will I roam,
When I'm heading right for home
Along the road to Gundagai.

When I get back there I'll be a kid again
Oh! I'll never have a thought of grief or pain
Once more I'll be playing
Where the gums are swaying
Along the road to Gundagai

 

As with most songs of this era, they were never written down when they were composed, but learned and passed from person to person by what they heard. So it was inevitable that there would arise different versions of the same song.

This song should not be confused with the poem The Road to Gundagai by Banjo Paterson which is quite different or the old bush song Along the Road to Gundagai. We also have on our website Nine Miles from Gundagai, Five Miles From Gundagai and Flash Jack From Gundagai.

That's a lot of Gundagai.

Disaster Hits Gundagai. In 25 June 1852 a flood swept away the town of Gundagai. It killed over 25% of the population, making it one of the biggest natural disasters in Australia's history. Three Aboriginal men are credited for rescuing over 40 townspeople. The men were honoured with bronze medallions.

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