Tuesday, 5 March 2013

ABC Wednesday, Australia, H for Home

There are several expressions about our home:
My home is my castle!
Home is home be it ever so homely!
All indicating that the best place on earth is Home!!
Well the song you are going to hear is the wish of an Australian man 
telling us what his idea of an ideal home should be. 
I've been around the world
A couple of times or maybe more
I've seen the sights, I've had delights
On every foreign shore
But when my mates all ask me
The place that I adore
I tell them right away

Give me a home among the gumtrees
With lots of plum trees
A sheep or two, a k-kangaroo
A clothesline out the back
Verandah out the front
And an old rocking chair

You can see me in the kitchen
Cooking up a roast
Or Vegemite on toast
Just you and me, a cup of tea
And later on, we'll settle down
And go out on the porch
And watch the possums play


There's a Safeways up the corner
And a Woolies down the street
And a brand new place they've opened up
Where they regulate the heat
But I'd trade them all tomorrow
For a little bush retreat
Where the kookaburras call.

Some people like their houses
With fences all around
Others live in mansions
And some beneath the ground
But me I like the bush you know
With rabbits running round
And a pumpkin vine out the back
 Chorus( 2x)

The song has become one of the most frequently recorded Australian compositions of all time and is a standard in Australian folk music. A variety of artists have covered it, ranging from bushbands like Paradiddle to international superstar violinist André Rieu ( Dutch!), who included it on his 2008 album Waltzing Matilda. John Williamson performed Gumtrees at the 2006 memorial service to commemorate popular Australian wildlife expert and TV personality Steve Irwin; the program was followed by a worldwide television audience reputedly numbering 300 million viewers.

 We thank Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and we must thank Roger too for the weekly job to find  ten bloggers for each of the ABC Team members  to visit and to read their posts. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words    beginning with H.


Arkansas Patti said...

What a delightful song and the words minus a few kangaroos or two could fit anywhere. I think it is a place many of us could feel comfortable in.
Interesting it was sung for Steve Irwin's funeral.

Roger Owen Green said...

What a fun song! There's no place like home.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Miss_Yves said...

C'est charmant!

anthonynorth said...

I like those lyrics. Even worth seeing a kangaroo or two in my native Yorkshire :-)

Tina´s PicStory said...

oh no, we have the same H word :) i saw after linking up!

Marleen said...

Home is where the heart is. Prachtige keuze voor de 'H'!

photowannabe said...

Love the song and Home is the best.
That's the way I feel about the home we have been in for the last 6 years.
I wouldn't want to be anyplace else.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, how fun, Wil!! Thanks for the song! It certainly brightened up our gray, grim day!! Hope you have a great week!

MERYL JAFFE, PhD - parent, psychologist, teacher, author... said...

Oh I just loved this! Thank you for expanding my horizons!

Carver said...

I love the song and take on home.

Dina said...

That's my dream home too. A good song.

Leslie: said...

Awesome song and quite appropriate for anyone thinking of their home. I know that even when I go away on a holiday, it's wonderful to get home and sleep in my own bed!

abcw team

Hildred said...

Home is where the heart is, and this seems like a great place to park your heart.

Miss_Yves said...

Reader Will: Merci de votre visite
c'est un cadeau fait par l'Impératrice Eugénie de Montijo à un écrivain né à Saint-Lô, Octave Feuillet.
Mais l'épouse de l'écrivain n'avait pas spécialement de liens d'amitié avec l'Impératrice.

Votre bannière est très familiale, et très sympathique!

Anonymous said...

Delight and fun song for H ~ Home is where the heart is ~ Lovely ^_^

Ann said...

there is no place like home. which is so true.

Ann said...

That hospital is in Sibu, Borneo. It is doing very well. The doctor was my student. I was 18 when I taught him, he was 14. He was and still is very respectful.

Indrani said...

H for Home, sweet home, always the best!

Spiderdama said...

Funny song
Jepp, home is where the heart is.

Ps: I understand that Women's Day is important in parts of the world and women need support. Thank you for reminding me about it.
You know, in parts of Norway this day are just a joke..



I loved those lyrics and Rieu is a real master! I love the idea of home is where the heart is, my heart is spread across many cities now:) Lovely H post!

Rajesh said...

Nice one. Home is always special. Thanks for sharing.

Vicki Lane said...

Love that song -- it makes me want to write one about what is home to me.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Love the song even if this my first time I heard it. Very catchy!

Haghpat Monastery, Armenia

Catching up with letter H entries.
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Anonymous said...

Finally ~ got back online after a week without service ~ Lovely post and pics ~ Happy Week ^_^

Thanks for your comments ~ will have new post up soon ^_^