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AUSTRALIAN SONGS

Home Among
The Gum Trees

By Wally Johnson and Bob Brown
1975

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Steve Irwin's Memorial
On 4 September 2006, Australian country music singer John Williamson performed Home Among The Gum Trees at the Memorial for Steve Irwin at the Australia Zoo Crocoseum.

Burke's Backyard
The song was also the theme to the TV show Burke's Backyard. The TV show used a modified version of the Bullamakanka version of Home Among The Gum Trees. The last line was changed from "and an old rocking chair" to "all in Burke's Backyard".

What the words mean

  • Vegemite  ~ uniquely Australian food and one of the richest sources known of Vitamin B.
  • Woolies ~ Woolworth grocery store
  • Safeways ~ Safeway grocery store
  • Gum trees ~ eucalyptus tree. There are more gum trees than any other kind of tree in Australia. Gum tree leaves are the favourite thing for koalas to eat.


Vegemite  on Toast

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I've been around the world
A couple of times or maybe more
I've seen the sights, I've had delights
On every foreign shore
But when my mates all ask me 'bout
The place that I adore
I tell them right away

Give me a home among the gum trees
With lots of plum trees
A sheep or two, a k-kangaroo
A clothesline out the back
Verandah out the front
And an old rocking chair.

You can see me in the kitchen
Cooking up a roast
Or Vegemite on toast
Just you and me, a cup of tea
And later on, we'll settle down
And go out on the porch
And watch the possums play

Give me a home among the gum trees
With lots of plum trees
A sheep or two, a k-kangaroo
A clothesline out the back
Verandah out the front
And an old rocking chair.

There's a Safeways up the corner
And a Woolies down the street
And a brand new place they've opened up
Where they regulate the heat
But I'd trade them all tomorrow
For a little bush retreat
Where the kookaburras call

Give me a home among the gum trees
With lots of plum trees
A sheep or two, a k-kangaroo
A clothesline out the back
Verandah out the front
And an old rocking chair.

Some people like their houses
With fences all around
Others live in mansions
And some beneath the ground
But me I like the bush you know
With rabbits running round
And a pumpkin vine out the back

Give me a home among the gum trees
With lots of plum trees
A sheep or two, a k-kangaroo
A clothesline out the back
Verandah out the front
And an old rocking chair.

Give me a home among the gum trees
With lots of plum trees
A sheep or two, a k-kangaroo
A clothesline out the back
Verandah out the front
And an old rocking chair.

 

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