Back Outback

In late 1987 I was working in the Simpson desert on the Moonba Gas fields drilling for water with my mate "Blacky". I had an accident and fell off the rig to be then flown into Broken Hill Base Hospital by the RFDS-The Royal Flying Doctor Service. It was here I was nursed back to health by Eveonne - my wife to be and she's been looking after me ever since. Back Outback has won a TSA songwriting award and enjoyed 6 weeks on the Top 30 Country Tracks Charts. It is a song about the facets of the Outback that Eve and I love the most.

PS- For those of you who do not know what a Quandong is it is a small red native fruit- which grows in semi-arid areas. We love quandongs stewed for desert with some ice cream or they are great in chutneys.



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Back Outback
Lyrics By Eve Esam, Music by Rod Esam


Im heading back Outback with boots, dog and ute
Blue Jeans and guitar, no longer a suit
Im Heading back Outback to the place I belong
To the red dust and salt bush and camp fires song
Back mustering cattle, chasing wild scrubber bulls
Driving trucks, big dozers and wild horses too

Chorus:
Im heading back Outback where the swagman did roam
Where I camp in my swag and the stars are my home
To the tank on the plain far away from the sea
To eat yabbies, Quandong, damper and tea

Shes heading back Outback where the sand hills roll high
Where fences are long to meet up with the sky
Shes heading back Outback where the Eagle flys free
To sit in a creek bed and look up at the trees
Back to wildlife and flowers in wide open spaces
Toyotas, rodeos and warm friendly faces

Shes heading back Outback where the swagman did roam
Where she camps in her swag and the stars are her home
To the tank on the plain far away from the sea
To eat yabbies, Quandong, damper and tea

Were heading back Outback to the place that we met
Where the moon brightly shines as the sun quietly sets
Where heading back Outback where our love first began
Shes now my bride and I am her man
Back to good times when pressures were few
Now even the kids - they want to come too...

Were heading back Outback where the swagman did roam
Where we camp in our swag and the stars are our home
To the tank on the plain far away from the sea
To eat yabbies, quandong, damper and tea

Rod Mustering Sheep    Rod in the Country Mud on his Motorbike    Eve Shoeing Pikelet


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