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Thread #168402   Message #4077402
Posted By: rich-joy
30-Oct-20 - 05:37 AM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Stewie previously posted a Dave Oakes song : “Beneath Uluru” : Dave writes Good Stuff!
Lawler’s Balcony was on a self-built Troppo*** home in Darwin’s “Coconut Grove” and this balcony saw much merriment and music-making in the ‘80s :)


LIVERPOOL ECHO (aka Lawler’s Balcony)

Dave Oakes

I was sitting on Lawler’s balcony, I looked at him and he looked at me
He said “It’s been a long time since I watched that River Mersey flow”

Yeah, we were just a couple of kids when the Beatles had all those hits
And Liverpool echoed to the sound of brand new Rock and Roll.

Ch.
And Lawler laughs – oh, you know how Lawler laughs
It’s infectious – makes you wanna laugh along
And Lawler cries, tears well up in his eyes
Worrying about the world that’s Lawler’s job.

Sitting on Lawler’s balcony, as the sun sets over the Timor Sea
He said “I’m glad I came here, this Australia’s so very much alive”

Yeah, it beats walkin’ in the rain - we’ll never be the same again
Missing the last bus and having to walk all the way along Queens Drive.

Lawler laughs – oh, you know how Lawler laughs
It’s infectious – makes you wanna laugh along
Lawler cries, tears well up in his eyes
Worrying about the world that’s Lawler’s job.

    Chilly winds and icy seas spray the Wallasey Ferry
    The tractor tyres on the landing stage bounce and bounce and sway
    The rain, in grey and scattered sheets, illuminates the street lamps
    And it all seems so romantic when it’s oh, so far away.

Sitting on Lawler’s balcony, in the early morning - ‘bout half past three
Drinking home brew, reminiscing all our yesterdays.

“Why should I worry?” Lawler sighs - and looks up at those Southern skies
“This is Darwin – Paradise! – I got Frangipanni breeze!” (Ahhhhh…)

Lawler laughs – oh, you know how Lawler laughs
It’s infectious – you just have to laugh along
Lawler cries, tears well up in his eyes
Worrying about the world that’s Lawler’s job.



Here is a clip of Dave Oakes' (of Alice Springs but ex Liverpool, UK) heart-felt observations, sung by local Maleny (and ex-Liverpool) troubadour, Tommy Leonard : https://www.tommyleonard.com/lawlersbalcony.mp3

I feel it is a most beautiful song ..... (but then I would :)


***Here is a link to views of the Top End Troppo house that Paul (ex Liverpool, UK) built in the 1980s, with views over the mangroves to the sea : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bueF-1abr_s&t=2s


Vale, Lawls (1946-2014)


Cheers, R-J