How to Make Gravy
Paul Kelly Lyrics

Hello Dan, it's Joe here, I hope you're keeping well
It's the 21st of December, and now they're ringing the last bells
If I get good behaviour, I'll be out of here by July
Won't you kiss my kids on Christmas Day
Please don't let 'em cry for me

I guess the brothers are driving down from Queensland
And Stella's flying in from the coast
They say it's gonna be a hundred degrees, even more maybe
But that won't stop the roast
Who's gonna make the gravy now?
I bet it won't taste the same
Just add flour, salt, a little red wine

And don't forget a dollop of tomato sauce for sweetness and that extra tang
And give my love to Angus and to Frank and Dolly
Tell 'em all I'm sorry I screwed up this time
And look after Rita, I'll be thinking of her early Christmas morning

When I'm standing in line
I hear Mary's got a new boyfriend, I hope he can hold his own
Do you remember the last one?
What was his name again?
Just a little too much cologne

And Roger, you know I'm even gonna miss Roger
'Cause there's sure as hell no one in here I want to fight
Oh praise the Baby Jesus, have a Merry Christmas
I'm really gonna miss it, all the treasure and the trash

And later in the evening, I can just imagine
You'll put on Junior Murvin and push the tables back
And you'll dance with Rita, I know you really like her
Just don't hold her too close
Oh brother please don't stab me in the back

I didn't mean to say that, it's just my mind it plays up
Multiplies each matter, turns imagination into fact
You know I love her badly, she's the one to save me
I'm gonna make some gravy, I'm gonna taste the fat

Tell her that I'm sorry, yeah I love her badly
Tell 'em all I'm sorry
And kiss the sleepy children for me
You know one of these days, I'll be making gravy
I'll be making plenty, I'm gonna pay 'em all back

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Paul Maurice Kelly

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Happy gravy day 2022 everyone! Thanks for writing such an iconic song, Paul!

Darth Krillin

Thank God for Paul I cry every time I listen to this song 😭 Man I love it happy gravy day to all

HethR R

Legendary song! Happy belated gravy day everyone and here's to a better new year.

Jon Whittaker

G'day from LA and Gravy Day has never been so fine! I met PK here a few years ago at a very small venue in Hollywood, great night even if it did make me home sick! Such a fantastic artist, he truly is an iconic Aussie!!!

Akiba Silver

Happy Gravy Day all

Jezz Dogg

Merry Christmas friend

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Silvana Di Chiera

Thank you PK for this song. We played it at my sons funeral. One of Dean’s favourites. A car accident took him on 18/12/20..7 days before Christmas and 10days before his 26th birthday..
I will forever play it in his honour, especially in December 💙


Sorry for your loss

Perpetual Platypussy™

🎄🍻💚 Deano

Maree Sierra

Unfathomable loss!..may your beautiful boy RIP x

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