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Gum Trees by the Roadway  Slim Dusty

Slim Dusty - Gum Trees By The Roadway
To-n[G]ight here by the r[E7]oad- side
After d[A7]riving hard all day,
D[D7]ream in' of the old folks
And a h[G]omestead [D7]o'er the w[G]ay;
In d[G]reams I see the o[E7]ld place,
I'll be th[A7]ere within a week
Where there's g[C]um trees by the r[G]oad- way
And a-w[D7]illows by the c[G]reek.
V2. I see the homestead cattle
As around the place they roam,
The old man with the horses
On the fields of golden loam;
And mother in the doorway
Just to make the scene complete,
With gum trees by the roadway
And willows by the creek.
V3. Oh, I'd like to tell my story
In a simple kind of way,
It happened to many hundreds
In this war-torn world today;
I heard the call for duty
So I donned a khaki suit
And I marched 'way from the gum trees
And willows by the creek.
V4. But when you land in trouble
And you're placed behind those bars,
That's when you start thinking
Of the moon and country stars;
And when at last they free you
And you step out in the street,
Nothing then could hold you
5. That's why tonight I'm standng
By this cheery roadside fire,
Takin' in the country
Underneath the summer stars;
And from now on you will find me
Where the air is fresh and sweet,
Where forever there'll be gum trees
And willows by the creek.
And I guess there always will be.

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