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Slim Dusty - The End Of The Canning Stock Route (Chord)
Submitter: shaneshaw (2) on 1/18/05
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END OF THE CANNING STOCK ROUTE
Words by Peter Muir. Music by Slim Dusty.

1.INTRO: G 	 D 	 G

(G) THE CAMP GEARíS IN THE STORE ROOM, ALL THE PACKS ARE IN THE SHED
WITH THE (C) DUST OF SEVEN SUMMERS ON THEIR (G) HIDE
SADDLE STRAPS ARE HARD AND BRITTLE, STIRRUP IRONS ARE RUSTY RED
FOR THE (A7) CANNING STOCK ROUTE FINISHED WHEN WALLY DOWLING (D) DIED
NO MORE (G) CATTLE TRAVEL SOUTHWARD THROí THE SPINIFEX AND SAND
ALL THE (C) WELLS ARE FALLING IN ALONG THE (G) TRACK
NOW THE CANNINGS BUT A (B7) LEGEND JUST A (C) LONELY DESERT LAND
AND ITíS (G) DOUBTFUL IF THE (D) MUNJONGS WANT IT (G) BACK

2.EIGHT HUNDRED MILES OF SANDHILLS
NOW AND THEN A SANDSTONE RIDGE
WITH A SALT LAKE HERE AND THERE WITH SAMPHIRE FLAT;
AN OASIS IN THE DESERT YOU CAN FIND AT DURBA SPRINGS
BUBBLING, RUNNING WATER, ITíS A FACT
BUT UNLESS YOU OWN A CAMEL, YOU COULD NEVER TRAVEL THERE
AND A HORSE WOULD FAIL NOW THE WELLS HAVE FALLEN IN
FOR THE SANDHILLS ON THE CANNING, REACH A HUNDRED FEET OR MORE
AND ITíS CERTAIN THAT NO CAR COULD TAKE YOU IN.

3.THE FAMOUS NEVER NEVER AND THE PLACE THEY CALL OUTBACK
TWO ELUSIVE LANDS THAT FEW MEN EVER FOUND
ARE LOCATED ON THE CANNING DOWN THAT LONELY DESERT TRACK
WHERE TO BE THIS VERY MOMENT WOULD BE WORTH A THOUSAND POUND
TO BE WITH WALLY DOWLING, WHIPPING WATER FROM THE WELL
WHILE THE STOCKMEN HOLD THE MOB BACK FROM THE TROUGH
STOP THE THIRSTY BULLOCKS TRAMPLING IN THEIR GREAT DESIRE TO DRINK
JUST TO DO ONE TRIP WOULD SUIT ME WELL ENOUGH.

4.BUT MY WISH IS JUST A DAYDREAM WHICH CAN NEVER BE FULFILLED
FOR WHEN WALLY DIED THE STOCK ROUTE HAD ITS DAY
NOW THE BILLILUNA CATTLE ARE TRAVELLING DOWN TO BROOME
IN A ROARING DIESEL ROAD TRAIN TO THE MEAT WORKS BY THE BAY
AND THE TICK LINE STOPS THE OTHERS, EVERY STATION IN THE NORTH
NO ONE MAY USE THE CANNING IF HE WOULD
SO THEY TRUCK THEIR BEEF TO WYNDHAM AND SELL FOR WHAT ITS WORTH
AND I DOUBT THEYíD USE THE CANNING IF THEY COULD.

5.ITíS REALLY HAD ITS DAY NOW AND WONíT BE USED AGAIN
NO MORE DROVERS HORSE BELLS RINGIN WILL BE HEARD
FOR A CATTLE LOADED ROAD TRAIN SMOTHERED IN ITS DIESEL FUMES
NOW STRUGGLES UP THE RISE IN LOWER THIRD
WHEN I TRAVEL UP THE CANNING I AM SURE TO BE ALONE
WITH MY CAMELS AND SOME THOUGHTS OF YESTERDAY
THEY WILL TAKE ME SLOWLY NORTHWARD TILL AT LAST THE TRIP IS DONE
AND FIND CONTENTMENT WHEN IíVE STOWED THE PACKS AWAY.

REPEAT VERSE 1 AND FADE.
 
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