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Thread #168402   Message #4069917
Posted By: Stewie
27-Aug-20 - 10:50 PM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Another fine song from Alan Mann. Alan noted:

Home thoughts from abroad! Sitting in a Canadian airport in winter knowing that in Western Australia it is summer and remembering the landscapes and associated farming activities.


WINNIPEG IN WINTER
(Alan Mann)

Winnipeg in winter is not the place to be
When the wind is up to 30 knots and it's minus 23
And all around a sea of white, snow drifts and sheets of ice
Frozen lakes, high latitudes don't make for paradise

Freezing, fevered snowbound - I'm sitting all alone
In Winnipeg in winter, ten thousand miles from home

Summertime is beautiful, so the locals say
I'm not convinced to press my luck and stay another day
Instead of this white wilderness, I see the big red heart
Purple hill and spinifex - I'm ready to depart

Brown and yellow's on the fields, a harvest's coming in
Sweaty seat, the Inter truck, Kellerberrin bin
And all along the gravel roads, lines of eucalypts
Dance and shimmer in the heat, and make the light of it

There an azure ocean laps a golden beach
A little line of breakers is curling out of reach
Majestic stands off karris and ghostly river gums
Throw their shade at red-brown dirt 'til evening's blanket comes

Of this distant dreaming it's not hard to make some sense
When from a fresh-cut field of oats or along a barbed-wire fence
Dust clouds spiral skywards, you'd pause and take a guess
'It's forty in the water bag' - more or less

Stooped against the driving snow, hail the brave Canuck
Wrapped up in fur and feathers, shuffling through the muck
Tugging at the parka hood, he nods and says 'G'day'
Breaking links to a train of thought - ten thousand miles away

Winnipeg in winter is not the place to be
When the wind is up to 30 knots and it's minus 23
And all around a sea of white, snow drifts and sheets of ice
Frozen lakes, high latitudes don't rate with paradise

Freezing, fevered snowbound - I'm sitting all alone
In Winnipeg in winter, ten thousand miles from home

You can find the song on Loaded Dog's 'That there dog o' mine' album. For this one, there
is a beaut video on Youtube. Bob Rummery is lead singer:

Youtube clip

--Stewie.