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Slim Dusty - Old Gidgee Tree (Chord)
Submitter: shaneshaw (5) on 12/1/03
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OLD GIDGEE TREE
E 	 B7 	 E
1.
E 	  	  	  	  	 F#7
I WILL TELL A STORY TRUE, THOUGH YOU MAY DOUBT ME
 	      B7 	  	  	  	   E
AND YOU MAY NEED A LITTLE SALT TO GET IT DOWN
  A 	  	  	  	 E
A COASTAL TOWN IMPROVEMENT LEAGUE DECIDED
   F#7 	  	  	  	 B7
TO ADD SOME OUTBACK FLAVOUR TO THEIR TOWN
 	 E 	  	  	  	 F#7
THEY TRANSPORTED TO THE COAST A KNARLED OLD GIDGEE
 	 B7 	  	  	  E
TRANSPLANTED IT WITHIN THEIR CIVIC PARK
   	   A 	  	  	  	     E
IT LOOKED OUT OF PLACE WITH TOUGH OLD TWISTED BRANCHES
     B7 	  	  	  	          E    A 	 E
AND SCARS WHERE STOCK HAD RUBBED AGAINST ITS BARK.

2.
WELL THEY CARED FOR IT AND SOON IT STARTED TO BLOOM
BUT THE SEEDS THAT FELL LAY DORMANT  ON THE GROUND
OH THE COASTAL TREES AND SHRUBS AROUND IGNORED IT
AND SOON ITS LEAVES AND BRANCHES WITHERED DOWN
AS IT HAPPENDED IN THE TOWN THERE LIVED A BUSHMAN
WHOíD BEEN RUINED BY HARDSHIPS OF A DROUGHT
AND ONE DAY AS HE WAS STROLLING THROUGH THE PARKLAND
HE SAW THAT TREE AND GAVE A JOYFUL SHOUT

3.
OH HE WENT THERE EVíRY DAY AND DREAMED BENEATH IT
AND SOMEHOW THAT OLD TREE JUST SEEMED TO KNOW
FOR IT STARTED BLOOMING ONCE AGAIN AND THIS TIME
THE SEEDS THAT FELL AT ONCE BEGAN TO GROW
BUT THE MAN WAS OUT OF PLACE, JUST AS THE TREE WAS
HE WAS OLD AND KNEW NO OTHER WAY OF LIFE
AND HIS HEALTH WAS FAILING THROUGH THE SMOG POLLUTION
AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS HARD FINANCIAL STRIFE

4.
SO THE BUSHMAN DIED BENEATH THAT TREE ONE EVíNING
AND ITíS STRANGE TO SAY, WITHIN A WEEK OR SO
THE SEEDLINGS AND THE TREE BEGAN TO WITHER
NO MATTER WHAT WAS DONE TO MAKE THEM GROW
FOR THE OLD TREE HAD NO WILL TO GO ON LIVING
LIKE THE SPIRIT BROKEN BUSHMAN FROM THE WEST
HEíD BEEN BROUGHT THRE BY SOME RELATIVES IN KINDNESS
LIKE TREE THE PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY DID THEIR BEST

5.
BUT WHERE RINGERS BOILED THEIR QUARTS BENEATH THAT OLD TREE
AND TIED THEIR BRIDLE REINS UPON ITS LIMBS
THERE WAS BUSH BIKES LEANED AGAINST IT, AND AT NIGHT TIME
THERE WERE PARTIES, WITH THEIR STUBBIES AND THEIR CANS
ĎTIS THE STORY OF A TREE AND ONE OLD BUSHMAN
WHO WERE TAKEN FROM THEIR HOME AGAINST THEIR WILL
AND THE MORAL OF IT IS THAT VERY OFTEN
OH ITíS WELL INTENDED KINDNESS THAT CAN KILL
 
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