Camooweal
Slim Dusty Lyrics


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Should ever I go back to Camooweal
'Twould be in the spring when desert flowers bloom
Oh, the spinifex I know would still be there
And the desert pea would brighten up the gloom

Should ever I go back to Camooweal
One thing is sure I'd not be twenty-two
As if that day when I first wandered there
But mem'ries stay with me as mem'ries do

How fresh her mem'ry keeps for still I feel
The velvet softness of her auburn hair
And see again the moonbeams in her eyes
As I did so long ago when I was there

Youth called to youth in that now distant day
I did not heed, my heart did not reveal,
And now I know that love was born and lost
In that little border town of Camooweal

Oh, the long road beckoned on, my feet said go
To search beyond the hills for what I find
Although I've wandered far this sunburnt land
I've never found what I have left behind

Oh the burning fire of that other spring
Is now but ashes and the hurt won't heal
Time heals all wounds they say, but leaves the scar
So I think I'll not go back to Camooweal

Time heals all wounds they say, but leaves the scar




So I think I'll not go back to Camooweal
No I think I'll not go back to Camooweal

Overall Meaning

The song “Camooweal” by Slim Dusty is a bittersweet reflection on lost love and the longing for home. The title refers to a small town in northwest Queensland, Australia, that the singer (presumably Slim Dusty himself) visited in his youth. The lyrics evoke the beauty of the Australian desert in the springtime, with the blooming of desert flowers like the spinifex and desert pea. The singer regrets not appreciating the opportunities of youth and love when he first visited Camooweal, but now he is older and wiser and can only look back on the memory of his lost love with pain and regret.


The imagery in the song is particularly powerful in conveying the beauty and longing of the desert landscape. The singer’s recollection of the “velvet softness” of his lost love’s hair and the “moonbeams” in her eyes is hauntingly vivid. The refrain, “Time heals all wounds they say, but leaves the scar / So I think I'll not go back to Camooweal,” is a poignant reminder that even though the pain of loss may fade with the passage of time, the memory will always be with us.


Line by Line Meaning

Should ever I go back to Camooweal
If I were to visit Camooweal again


'Twould be in the spring when desert flowers bloom
It would be during the blooming season of the desert flowers, which is spring


Oh, the spinifex I know would still be there
The spinifex, which is native to the area, would still be present


And the desert pea would brighten up the gloom
The colorful desert pea would add brightness to the area


One thing is sure I'd not be twenty-two
I would not be as young as I was when I first visited


As if that day when I first wandered there
It would feel like the day I first visited


But mem'ries stay with me as mem'ries do
Memories of my first visit still stay with me


How fresh her mem'ry keeps for still I feel
I still have vivid memories of a woman I met there


The velvet softness of her auburn hair
I remember how soft her auburn hair was


And see again the moonbeams in her eyes
I can still picture the moonlight reflecting in her eyes


Youth called to youth in that now distant day
I was young and so was the woman I met


I did not heed, my heart did not reveal,
I did not act on my romantic feelings


And now I know that love was born and lost
Looking back, I realize that love was present but not pursued


In that little border town of Camooweal
This realization happened in the town of Camooweal


Oh, the long road beckoned on, my feet said go
The desire to explore and travel drew me away from Camooweal


To search beyond the hills for what I find
I went out to seek new experiences and pleasures


Although I've wandered far this sunburnt land
Even after exploring so many places in this hot and dry land


I've never found what I have left behind
I still have not found what I left behind in Camooweal


Oh the burning fire of that other spring
The intense passion of that earlier time


Is now but ashes and the hurt won't heal
It has faded away to nothing and the pain still lingers


Time heals all wounds they say, but leaves the scar
The passage of time can dull the pain of a wound, but the emotional scar remains


So I think I'll not go back to Camooweal
Therefore, I do not plan to return to Camooweal


No I think I'll not go back to Camooweal
This decision is final and will not change




Writer(s): David Kirkpatrick, Alexander Cormack

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@CK-Chanel

the greatest country music singer, not only in Australia but in the world

@SiennaWilton663

Love him Always grew up with his music and now my kids to listen to him Alwa💯

@matthewkerley5246

Slim sang just as great live as he did in the recordings. The pedal steel guitar solo in Slim's studio recording of this song is first class.

@oldmate1695

I hate being born in 2002 because ive missed so much of this great mans journey

@glenisgrogan2510

Makes my heart melt, takes me back to when I was young

@user-cy9tf9ol2b

I love camooweal

@brendanprince7912

I live in camooweal

@billkellett2375

It was certainly near Broken Hill during the last shoot of The Slim Dusty Movie. During the same shoot he did a duet of the Pub with No Beer with Gordon Parsons who wrote the song.

@jeanlambert8654

Love this

@helenjoanpeter9920

Was a song of mine, sisters Molly and Lindy

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