Old Time Country Halls
Slim Dusty Lyrics


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As I pick up my guitar to sing another song
I hear the walls of this old hall - you've done this thing too long
You know you've been around for years, I guess you've shown us all
I talk like this when I reminisce with an old time country hall
I joined a tent show as a kid with a dream and an old guitar
The Silvers All-Star Cavalcade and Dandy was the star
He taught me lots about the game, today I understand
He was a great magician, Dandy was a fine old man
I'm a howlin' cattle-hand crooner
I'm an old time dinosaur
Hey, let me sing where the rafters ring
In an old time country hall, that's right
I've been on the road for thirty years but Dandy could double that
And you'll find his faded poster still in some hall way out back
I like to go back stage and dream sometimes and just recall
The shows I've had, the good and bad, shared with these country halls
Take the old Town Hall Kalgoorlie with it's old time charm and grace
And your mounting million complexes never will replace
All glass and steal and concrete, some large and some too small
So let me sing where the rafters ring in an old time country hall, hey
We showed last night in the school of arts and the town was real run-down
You'll find so many towns like that today as you move around
Yeah, the wind of change is blowin' up such an economic low
The old time shows we used to know will soon be off the road
I'm a howlin' cattle-hand crooner
I'm an old time dinosaur
Hey, let me sing where the rafters ring
In an old time country hall




In an old time country hall
In an old time country hall

Overall Meaning

Slim Dusty's song "Old Time Country Halls" is a tribute to the classic Aussie country music halls that have been a cornerstone of Australian culture for years. As he picks up his guitar to sing his latest song, he reminisces about his long and successful career, which has spanned decades. As he looks around the old hall, he realizes that he's "done this thing too long" and has been "around for years." He speaks fondly of the old-time country halls and how they have shaped his musical journey.


Slim Dusty begins by recalling his days as a kid with a dream and an old guitar when he worked at the Silvers All-Star Cavalcade. He reminisces about his mentor Dandy, who was the star of the show and taught him a lot about the game. From Dandy, Slim Dusty learned how to be a great magician, and Dandy was a fine old man. He then introduces himself as a "howlin' cattle-hand crooner" and an "old-time dinosaur," remarking that he is always eager to sing where the rafters ring.


As he continues to reminisce, he mentions the Old Town Hall Kalgoorlie, an old-time country hall with its old-time charm and grace, which he believes no large, glass and steel or concrete mall will ever replace. Slim Dusty notes that the wind of change is blowing; the old-time country shows will soon be off the road. The song ends with a nostalgic and heartfelt reference to the old-time halls, expressed beautifully in the final line of the song: "In an old-time country hall."


Overall, Slim Dusty's "Old Time Country Halls" is both a tribute to the classic Aussie country music halls and a reflection on his own journey, from his days as a young kid with an old guitar to his long and successful career.


Line by Line Meaning

As I pick up my guitar to sing another song
As I prepare to share my music with an audience


I hear the walls of this old hall - you've done this thing too long
I feel the history and stories that this old country hall has heard and seen over the years


You know you've been around for years, I guess you've shown us all
You've been the gathering place for generations of locals, showcasing talent and offering community events


I talk like this when I reminisce with an old time country hall
I speak nostalgically about the memories and experiences I've had in these beloved halls


I joined a tent show as a kid with a dream and an old guitar
I started my musical career early on, taking my humble guitar on the road with a traveling show


The Silvers All-Star Cavalcade and Dandy was the star
I performed in a touring group called The Silvers All-Star Cavalcade, where I learned from the talented Dandy, the star of the group


He taught me lots about the game, today I understand
Dandy provided me with valuable lessons in the entertainment industry, helping me navigate and succeed in my career


He was a great magician, Dandy was a fine old man
Dandy was not only a skilled performer, but also a kind and respected elder in the industry


I'm a howlin' cattle-hand crooner
I am a singer known for my unique voice and rugged, cowboy aesthetic


I'm an old time dinosaur
I am a veteran of the industry, and proud to uphold the traditions of classic country music


Hey, let me sing where the rafters ring
Allow me to perform in a venue where my music can truly be appreciated and celebrated


In an old time country hall, that's right
In these classic, beloved halls that hold so much history and meaning for me and my fans


I've been on the road for thirty years but Dandy could double that
Although I've been traveling and performing for three decades, Dandy was even more experienced and knowledgeable in the industry


And you'll find his faded poster still in some hall way out back
His legacy lives on even after his passing, with reminders of his contributions and impact still visible in older venues


I like to go back stage and dream sometimes and just recall
In moments of reflection, I enjoy revisiting the stages and venues where I've played, reliving cherished memories and experiences


The shows I've had, the good and bad, shared with these country halls
These halls have been a witness to both my triumphs and struggles as a musician, and hold a special place in my heart


Take the old Town Hall Kalgoorlie with it's old time charm and grace
One example of a venue that I hold dear is the charming and elegant old Town Hall in Kalgoorlie


Your mounting million complexes never will replace
Despite the rise of newer and more modern performance spaces, nothing can compare to the unique and authentic experience of an old time country hall


All glass and steal and concrete, some large and some too small
These new venues lack the character and warmth of their older counterparts, and come in a range of sizes and styles


So let me sing where the rafters ring in an old time country hall, hey
I feel most at home and in my element when I'm performing in one of these beloved old halls, where the rafters echo with the sounds of the music


We showed last night in the school of arts and the town was real run-down
At a recent performance in a struggling town, the community showed up and supported us despite their hardships


You'll find so many towns like that today as you move around
Sadly, many towns across the country are facing difficult times, with declining populations and economic struggles


Yeah, the wind of change is blowin' up such an economic low
The country is going through a tough time, with economic hardship and uncertainty affecting many aspects of life


The old time shows we used to know will soon be off the road
As the entertainment industry changes and evolves, it's possible that classic country shows like mine will become less common and eventually disappear


In an old time country hall
However, for now, I will continue to cherish and celebrate these old time country halls, where I got my start and still feel most at home as a performer




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@mdransfield6476

No one will beat Slim Dusty.

@elyssabell3482

my pop died yesterday and he loved this song

@bluefeatherlf7992

You will sing together this song one day.

@micksibraa3787

I can understand why he liked it Elysea it's a good one

@J_Teriyaki

Well I've listened to it too a million times by age 46. In the shire I have a block of land in (Adelaide Plains - Mallala, SA is the HQ) a town hall is for sale. An 'old timer' bloke was recently awarded an honour for years of service to it's upkeep - Long Plains, SA. I'd like to know his phone number in case I buy the joint - he can stock the bar🍺🍺🥃. Cheers - Thompson Beach land owner/mid life crisis sufferer

@GeoffHyde

Good on you Slim. Thanks for the memories!😎

@kerryknight623

Go slim miss rip slim

@Bob_1900

I listened to Slim as a kid growing up in Charleville.

@malachiwex4622

This song could never get old

@kerryknight623

I meat slim many many times humble man there onley One slim thay can try Sing there heart out not the same there only one slim

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