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Slim Dusty - So Long, Old Mates (Chord)
Submitter: shaneshaw (5) on 12/1/03
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SO LONG, OLD MATES

C 	 G7 	 C
1.
C
WHERE ARE THE MATES I USED TO HAVE
 	  	  G7
I WONDER WHERE THEY ARE

SOME STILL WANDER AND SOME MADE GOOD
 	  	     C
AND OTHERS TRAVELLED FAR

SOME HAVE GATHERED THEIR GEAR AND GONE
E7 	  	    F
TO A BETTER LAND OR WORSE
  G7
THEIR LOAD WAS HEAVY, THE PASSING YEARS
 	  	  	 C
IS THE WEIGHT THAT OLDSTERS CURSE


2.
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND THE WORLD WAS WIDE
AND THE LONGEST DAY NOT HARD
WE WOULD JOKE OUR WAY FROM DAWN TO DARK
THROUGH THE MOB IN THE BRANDING YARD
ONE I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS THERE
WHO HELPED ME IN EARLY YEARS
WHEN I WAS THE BUTT OF THE STOCKRAIL JOKES
HE TAUGHT ME TO TAKE THE JEERS

3.
IN LIFE HE DIDNíT AMOUNT TO MUCH
HE CAME FROM FURTHER OUT
HE WAS ONLY A LANKY COLOURED LAD
A STATION ROUSEABOUT
OH IíVE THANKED HIM OFTEN IN AFTER LIFE
FOR THE THINGS HE TAUGHT ME THEN
HE GUIDED MY YOUTH THROUGH THE STOCKMANíS LIFE
IN THE HARD, TOUGH WORLD OF MEN

4.
ALTHOUGH HE DIDNíT AMOUNT TO MUCH
ALL THAT HE HAD HE GAVE
HE WAS WHITE ENOUGH AND MAN ENOUGH
TO REST IN A SOLDIERíS GRAVE
FORGOTTEN BY MOST OF THE ONES HE KNEW
AND THOSE OF HIS TRIBAL TREE
THE WORLD FORGETTING, THE WORLD FORGOT
EXCEPT BY MATES LIKE ME

5.
SO LONG, OLD MATE OF THE EALY DAYS
WHEREVER YOU MAY BE
MAY THE GRASS BE GREEN AND THE WATER GOOD
FROM CARE MAY YOUR DAYS BE FREE
IíVE TRAVELLED A SPAN OF THE ROAD OF LIFE
AND IíVE LEARNED TO UNDERSTAND
THROUGH MATE-SHIP THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE
HAS NO COLOUR, CREED NOR LAND
 
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