Beyond the Siding

Words & Music: Phyl Lobl

The Sidling is the steep hill or spur that you have to negotiate to get out of Scottsdale in Tasmania. When I asked one travelled local person what she would write about if she was writing a song she said."Tell them there is a world beyond the Sidling". This is important advice because homesickness often brought an end to the education of young people obliged to live away in order to finish high school. In a local history book I read about cures recommended for homesickness. One such cure mentioned in the song was to tie a crust of homebaked bread around your neck. Underlying this song are thoughts about parenting and that the opposite of love is fear. There are some adjustments to the words printed here that don't match the recording. If I ever make a new recording I'd use the changes.