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Thread #1808   Message #6345
Posted By: Alan of Oz
06-Jun-97 - 02:39 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Outside Track (Henry Lawson)
Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: THE OUTSIDE TRACK (Lawson/Hallom)
Here we go (mild panic when I thought I'd lost the file):-

Henry Lawson
Gerry Hallom

The D port-lights Em glowed in the G morning mist that G rolled from the waters D green; A7
And D over the Em railing we D grasped his fist as the dark tide came be- A tween.
We G cheered the captain and D cheered the crew and our mate times out of A7 mind;
We D cheered the Em land he was D going G to and the D land he had A7 left be- D hind. G D

For they D marry and go as the world rolls back, they marry and vanish and A7 die;
But their D spirit shall Em live on the D outside G track, as D long as the A7 years go D by. G D

We roared Lang Syne as a last farewell but my heart seemed out of joint;
I well remember the hush that fell when the steamer passed the point.
We drifted home through the public bars, we were ten times less by one,
Who had sailed out under the morning stars and under the rising sun.

And one by one, and two by two, they have sailed from the wharf since then;
I have said good-bye to the last I knew, the last of the careless men.
And I can't but think that the times we had were the best times after all,
As I turn aside with a lonely glass and drink to the bar-room wall.

Last chorus
But I'll try my luck for a cheque Out Back, then a last good-bye to the bush;
For my heart's away on the Outside Track, on the track of the steerage push.
For they marry and go as the world rolls back, they marry and vanish and die;
But their spirit shall live on the outside track, as long as the years go by.

Chords embedded in the text - an idea of my good friend Alison.