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jeandavidblanc
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Hi... First I'd like to introduce myself, my name's Jean-David, I'm Swiss national living in Norway... I've been busking and playing gigs here for some years... I like to play all traditional tunes and I've lately started to delve into Australian bush music... I play standard tunes like, "Wild Colonial Boy", "Brisbane's Ladies", "Jim Jones" among others...

A few months ago I discovered music of Slim Dusty and been sort of hooked on it.. so I started to learn a couple of tune... My problem is that I'm not a native english speaker, therefore some words can be hard to understand... especially when it comes down to australian idioms or words...

I've been working on "A picture of home" but there are still some parts I can't grasp... can anyone help me... ?

Cheers...  Here's what I've got:

A picture of home

My story swings around a bunch of soldiers
Resting close behind the battle scene
There were men from many nations represented
A rugged tough united nations team

They spoke about their own beloved homelands
Resting far from all the tortured battle scene
On this day the lad who claimed the most attention
A young Australian soldier who began :

Oh I’ve never claimed to be an …… jeerer
I have never taken up the paint and brush
But in words, my lads, I’ll paint for you a picture
Of my homeland and the wild Australian bush

Have you ever seen the western plains at sundown
And the fire restricts that scene to blaze across
An’ then later in the evenin’ see a ghost-gum
Standing silently beneath the southern cross

Have you ever heard the wild ……….. and its calling
In the still ………………….. and far away lagoon
……………………………….. to water
They all come at rising of the moon

Have you ever wandered through some ferny “galley”
In spring time when the wattles are in bloom
If you’ve never then you’ll never know the sweetness
That fills the air around with its perfume

Have you ever gazed the ………  peaceful homestead
With the all blue mountains standing in the view
See the homestead cattle grazing by the river
From a hillside bounds an old man kangaroo

In the evening see the smoke rise from the chimney
Tells that day is done and soon it’s time for tea
Hear the jackass laughter ringing through the bush-land
Oh that’s God’s own country and home sweet home to me

Have you ever seen a “weak” field in the morning
When the dawn wane, ripple through the golden grain
I’ve wandered through the farmlands in the dawn-time
And smelt there a healthy sweetness after rain

Oh I’ve never claimed to be an ………..  jeerer
And I said before I’ve never used to brush
But I hope my lands are painted to a picture
Of my homeland and the wild Australian bush

I can provide the chords for this song if requested... 🙂

 
Posted : 18/06/2007 1:36 pm
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G'day, Jean david. and welcome to this Australian bush poetry, verse and music site.  yes i could help you with the information you request.
"A Picture Of Home"  was written by Mac Cormack, and recorded by Slim Dusty. It's a wonderful song which i've heard many times.   I can sure help you with the lines you require.

'Oh i have never claimed to be a Namatjira'

'Have you ever gazed upon a piece'ful homestead'

'Have you ever heard the wild swan in it's calling,
In the stillness of some far away lagoon,
Or seen the place where brumbies come to water,
They always come at rising of the moon'.

' Have you ever seen a wheat field in the morning'

Wishing you all the best.  Duncan.

 
Posted : 18/06/2007 9:00 pm
jeandavidblanc
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Thanks Duncan... It's a very nice song... 🙂

 
Posted : 19/06/2007 1:31 am
Babe
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Hi Jean-David and welcome!

In case you are wondering what a Namajira is, it's a reference to the famous Aboriginal artist - Albert Namatjira.

I could give you the lowdown, but wikipedia does it so much better:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Namatjira

And I must congratulate you on your latest choice of music  😉

Babe

 
Posted : 20/06/2007 9:15 am
Steve Smith
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And I will drink to that!................but then I will drink to most things!

 
Posted : 04/07/2007 1:58 am
Babe
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Ross

The Territory air must agree with you. You're looking younger by the day!

Babe

 
Posted : 04/07/2007 8:24 am
Steve Smith
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Thanks Babe,

Don't feel younger, although when my little mate Jack is about I do forget about being...........well........not so young!

 
Posted : 06/07/2007 5:05 pm
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do not know all the missing words but do no this one

Oh I’ve never claimed to be an …… jeerer
I have never taken up the paint and brush
But in words, my lads, I’ll paint for you a picture
Of my homeland and the wild Australian bush

Oh I’ve never claimed to be a Namatjira
But in words, my lads, I’ll paint for you a picture
Of my homeland and the wild Australian bush

(Namatjira was a well known aboriginal artist as in painting beautiful outback scenery)
His paintings are worth a lot of money.
Alas Namatjira passed on many years ago.

Hope that helps a bit.

 
Posted : 02/09/2009 7:31 pm
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