Looking Forward Looking Back
Slim Dusty Lyrics


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Looking forward, looking back

I’ve come a long way down the track

Got a long way left to go

Making songs, from what I know



Making sense of what I’ve seen

All the love we’ve had between

You and I, along the track

Looking forward, looking back



There are strange days

Full of change on the way

But we’ll be fine, unlike some

I’ll be leaning forward, to see what’s coming



Looking forward, looking back

I’ve come a long way down the track

Got a long way left to go

Making songs, from what I know



If I’m alone at night, I can see

Through all the triviality

Of the day and I’m okay

I just think of those who are dear to me



Looking forward, looking back

I’ve come a long way down the track

Got a long way left to go

Making songs, from what I know





Making songs, from what I know

Looking forward, looking back …

Overall Meaning

Slim Dusty's song "Looking Forward Looking Back" is a reflection on life's journey, both the ups and the downs, as well as the importance of relationships. The lyrics are symbolic of the balance that is maintained between looking forward to new experiences and looking back on the past to learn from one's life experiences.


The first stanza sets the tone for the rest of the song, with Dusty acknowledging how far he has come in his life journey but reminding himself that there is still much ahead of him. He is also using music as a tool to make sense of his experiences and express himself to others. The following lines reflect on past relationships and how they have contributed positively to his experiences along the way. Dusty reminds us that although there will be days of great change ahead, he will continue to move forward while keeping a close eye on what is coming. The second verse reminds us that in times of solitude, it is important to reflect on the things that matter most in life: relationships, family, and loved ones.


Line by Line Meaning

Looking forward, looking back
Reflecting on the past and anticipating the future


I’ve come a long way down the track
Have made progress and achieved things so far


Got a long way left to go
Still have a lot of goals to achieve


Making songs, from what I know
Expressing experiences and emotions through music


Making sense of what I’ve seen
Trying to understand the things I have experienced


All the love we’ve had between
Recalling the love shared between people


You and I, along the track
Remembering the journey shared with someone special


There are strange days
Occasions when things don't go as expected


Full of change on the way
Anticipation of changes to come


But we’ll be fine, unlike some
We will survive whatever comes our way


I’ll be leaning forward, to see what’s coming
Looking forward and preparing for the future


If I’m alone at night, I can see
Reflecting on experiences during quiet moments


Through all the triviality
Despite all the mundane aspects of life


Of the day and I’m okay
Able to cope with life's challenges and stresses


I just think of those who are dear to me
Finding comfort in thinking about loved ones


Making songs, from what I know
Expressing experiences and emotions through music


Looking forward, looking back ...
Continuing the reflection on the past and anticipation of the future




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Comments from YouTube:

@caketinfairy

I chose this song for my Nana's entry procession song at her funeral next Tuesday in Gippsland. I listened to it first on Spotify... reading through all the comments here on this video; I understand now why I started crying immediately on first listen. Some beautiful memories and tributes shared.
Vale Nana Jean Catherine Williams (nee Fulford) - a tough, resilient country lady!

@stephenprattley4606

this world is so empty without slim

@charliesgroi9248

Dad loved Slim ever since he saw him at the Mareeba Show in 1955.
It was only fitting we played this when we said goodbye to Dad. Thanks Slim

@camaradasargon6965

Rest in Peace Slim Dusty we miss you ...Greetings from Mexico

@sarahjane21440

My Great Grandfather's funeral song, this song is amazing. <3

@jerryoden8880

His Music is Special ,

@nakiaanderica03

without a doubt one of slims most heart warmth songs sang..... long live country king of Australia

@kdobbinhale

nakiaanderica Drury hear ya mate.

@malachiwex4622

Huzzah

@saitui4614

I'm a kiwi, I love this slim dusty. Awesome song and sense of journey. Have a good day, looking forward..

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