Phyl Lobl




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I wrote this song sometime in the mid to late seventies. Born of a fear that we were losing the land, a fear that the centre would become a Nuclear Dump, of a realisation that too many Australians didn't think and didn't care about the land. At the time no-one seemed to take notice of it so I never recorded it myself but it was included in the book of my songs called 'Songs of A Bronzewing' under the title 'The Land'. Using that title Perth group 'Loaded Dog' were the first to record it on their album 'A Coastline Facing West'. It was also included on a performance CD of a Loosely Woven concert and sung there by Chris Wheeler & Kate Delaney.
Here, Kate Delaney, one of Australia's most accomplished singers of traditional song has given permission to use her recording of it which is found on her very, very fine CD 'A Moment In Time' .
Arrangement, accompaniment & recording Michael Roberts of Musyks Productions.


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Words & Music Phyl Lobl; Sung by Kate Delaney

Once she was a timeless land where time ran on for ever.
To the Dreaming People there, she was Land of Never Never.
Fish and fowl she had in plenty and her stones were given worth.
In their hearts they held her holy, and they thought of her as earth.

Then she was an open land, where few would bow to bosses,
And the working people there, thought they 'called or barred the tosses' *
Where the convict and the settler, earned their freedom by their toil.
In their hearts they freely thanked her, for to them she was the soil.

Then she was the Lucky Land, where living easy came,
Till (to) the clever people there, (who) learned to play the power game.
Soon they sold her stony hillsides, then she lost her very heart.
In the greed of their intention they thought of her as dirt.

Now she is a changing land, upon the point of turning.
Where she'll go its hard to say, are we wise or lost in learning.
For the ones who are to follow, she's the land we hold in trust.
Will she be to them the earth, or will they call her only dust.

In their hearts they held her holy and they thought of her as earth,

*This is phrase used in two up. Where the toss of the coins could be challenged as fair or not. The word 'tosses' could easily be substituted with 'tossers'.



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