Pub with No Beer
Recorded by his friend Slim Dusty.
Gordon Parsons with Slim Dusty sing Pub with No Beer on this YouTube version.
The story behind this famous song begins during WWII when there was a shortage of beer, especially in country areas. With this in mind, Dan Sheahan wrote a few verses in 1944 lamenting the lack of beer in his pub in North Queensland. A while later Gordon Parsons, country music singer, song writer, and recording artist, developed it into a song and added all the characters.
Gordon was friends with Slim Dusty and joined him on one of his tours. He planned to record the song, but let Slim use it for the "B" side to his new song Saddle Boy. Much to Slim's surprise, the "B" song, The Pub with No Beer, rose to #1 at 2UE radio station in Sydney from all the air play it received. It wasn't long before it was #1 across the country. Slim Dusty received the first gold record awarded in Australia for the song.
Over the years, Slim recorded more songs by his friend. Gordon Parsons was added to the Australasian Music Roll of Renown at Tamworth for 1982-83 to honour his contribution to Australian country music. Their friend Dan Sheahan enjoyed going to Dusty's shows until he was in his 90's.
Oh it's-a lonesome away from your kindred and all
Now the publican's anxious for the quota to come
Then the stockman rides up with his dry dusty throat
Then the swaggie comes in smothered in dust and flies
Now there's a dog on the v'randa, for his master he waits
And old Billy the blacksmith, the first time in his life
Oh it's hard to believe that there's customers still
So it's-a lonesome away from your kindred and all
Listen to the music