season 588 - an australian selection

Brian, thank you for hosting, and for introducing me to so many wonderful artists! I spent so much time listening to several of them in the first part of the week and then realized I had no hope of learning a totally new song in the remaining part of the week... I have had The Water is Wide (O Waly, Waly) going through my head ever since hearing Jim and Maggie's lovely rendition a few seasons back, and The Seekers recorded their own version in 1964, so I decided to work on that one:
 
Here's another Midnight Oil song. I dug out a 40-year-old t-shirt that I bought on the "10,9,8,7,6,5,,4,3,2,1" tour for it. I've never had any idea what this song was about, so I Googled the song meaning and found out drummer Rob Hirst wrote it about being homesick for Australia while in the U.S. on the long "Diesel and Dust" tour.

 

When I realized, halfway through the week, that I would have time to do a song, I started down the list to explore and found one pretty much right off the bat. I absolutely fell in love with “Down by the Riverbed” by Backsliders. But I had to figure out the chords by myself, and there is a lot going on musically in the original that I’m not capable of, so instrumentally this is a pretty rough approximation and doesn’t do the song justice, see mountain goat’s video for a version that does a better job of that.
 
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"Im so Lonesome I Could cry" is written by Hank Williams but Kasey Chambers sang it on her Storybook album.
This was the only song I recognized that an Australian artist sang so I decided to play it.

 
"Im so Lonesome I Could cry" is written by Hank Williams but Kasey Chambers sang it on her Storybook album.
This was the only song I recognized that an Australian artist sang so I decided to play it.
thanks for bringing Hank via Kasey via you! i can't add your vid to the play list or comment on youtube because of the 'for kids' setting
your participation is much appreciated
 
In 1988, my sister and I - both teenagers - went to see Midnight Oil and Yothu Yindi (with opening act John Trudell) play in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Midnight Oil played this antiracist song near the end of their set - with members of Yothu Yindi joining in if my memory is good - and it made a lasting impression on young me.

And I only learned this week that the song is by Warumpi Band - an Aboriginal rock group with whom Midnight Oil had toured the outback a couple years earlier.

 
A traditional song that was covered by the Seekers, although apparently they had another verse:

No writing credits for this one. My version is based on Thomas Balinger's from his ukulele songbook SHanties and Songs of the Sea.

 
The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia's best known and loved natural beauties. This is an original called 'Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef'. I recorded it this morning for the Australian Season and for Emba's Wedding Bells Season (589), because I realised whilst I was shooting the video that it surely is a magical place to go for a honeymoon.
I would have liked another try, but my fingers didn't like it much.

 
and with those contributions from Ralf and Sabine season 588 comes to an end
i appreciate those who waded through the list of aussie arts to find a song to bring
Thanks for hosting this season. I really did find some good artists I know I’ll be listening to over and over.
 
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