The Biggest Disappointment
Slim Dusty Lyrics


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They had my future wrapped up in a parcel
And no one even thought of asking me
The day I turned fifteen I caught the mail train
To find what else might be in life for me
I rode on trucks and trains and lived on nothin'
Served me right for wanting to be free
Ah well that's the way society looked at it
But it didn't seem to be that way to me
And the biggest disappointment in the family was me
The only twisted branch upon our good old family tree
I just couldn't be the person they expected me to be
And the biggest disappointment in the world wa-as me
I lot more dinner times than there were dinners
I learned a lot that hurt me at the time
Then this quiet country boy went home a different man
With a memory of distance on my mind
But I always spoke too loud and laughed too often
Maybe drank to many glasses down
And perhaps my clothes were older than I realised
A relief to all concerned when I left town
And the biggest disappointment in the family was me
The only twisted branch upon our good old family tree
I just couldn't be the person they expected me to be
And the biggest disappointment in the world wa-as me
And the biggest disappointment in the family was me
The only twisted branch upon our good old family tree




I just couldn't be the person they expected me to be
And the biggest disappointment in the world wa-as me

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Slim Dusty's song "The Biggest Disappointment" tell the story of a young man who decides to leave his family and search for a different life. The song recounts how society expects individuals to conform to certain expectations, and the young man feels the pressure to become someone he is not. Despite his efforts, he leaves his family in disappointment and finds himself disappointed in himself as well. The song speaks to the universal desire to break free from societal expectations and the pain of disappointing those closest to us.


The first verse sets up the story and details how the young man caught the mail train on his fifteenth birthday in search of a different life. The second verse describes the difficulties he faced while living on nothing and the lessons he learned along the way. However, as he returns home, he realizes he did not meet the expectations set forth by his family and society, causing disappointment for all parties involved.


The chorus is the focal point of the song and repeats the same lines, emphasizing the significance of the disappointment experienced by both the singer and those around him. The last verse highlights the differences between the singer and the rest of his family, with particular emphasis on his flamboyant nature and lack of conformity. The song ends with a reiteration of the chorus, emphasizing the theme of disappointment and non-conformity.


Overall, the song speaks to the importance of conformity in society and the struggle individuals face to be themselves in the face of societal expectations.


Line by Line Meaning

They had my future wrapped up in a parcel
Others tried to dictate and control my future without giving me a choice.


And no one even thought of asking me
My opinions and desires were completely ignored by those making decisions for me.


The day I turned fifteen I caught the mail train
I left my hometown at a young age to explore opportunities and experiences beyond what was familiar.


To find what else might be in life for me
I desired to discover a life beyond the constraints of the expectations placed on me by society and family.


I rode on trucks and trains and lived on nothin'
I lived a hard and difficult life with very little resources, but it was worth it to me to pursue my own path.


Served me right for wanting to be free
Others viewed my desire for independence and self-determination as an inherent flaw or mistake, as though I deserved to struggle for it.


Ah well that's the way society looked at it
This negative interpretation of my choices was widely held in the society of the time.


But it didn't seem to be that way to me
Despite what others thought, I did not see my choices as a mistake or disappointment.


And the biggest disappointment in the family was me
My family viewed my choices as shameful and felt unspeakable disappointment in me because of them.


The only twisted branch upon our good old family tree
My different choices made me feel like an outlier and a misfit in my family's otherwise conventional and homogenous history.


I just couldn't be the person they expected me to be
I felt unable to conform to the expectations and traditions of my family and society.


And the biggest disappointment in the world wa-as me
I internalized the message that my choices were not just a disappointment to my family, but a wrong decision in and of itself, making me feel like a failure overall.


I lot more dinner times than there were dinners
I often went without a proper meal, which was a difficult and humbling experience.


I learned a lot that hurt me at the time
My experiences taught me many hard lessons that were painful to learn and endure.


Then this quiet country boy went home a different man
Despite the difficulties and disappointments, my experiences transformed me into a different, more complex and independent person.


With a memory of distance on my mind
Even when I returned home, I retained a sense of distance and difference from my family and hometown.


But I always spoke too loud and laughed too often
Despite my transformation, I still did not fit the mold of the quiet, obedient person my family expected.


Maybe drank to many glasses down
I also indulged in unhealthy habits, such as drinking, which further alienated me from my family's expectations and values.


And perhaps my clothes were older than I realised
I did not always have the resources to present myself in the way that society might expect of me.


A relief to all concerned when I left town
My family and society were glad to see me go, as I did not fit their mold and caused disappointment and discomfort.


And the biggest disappointment in the family was me
My family's disappointment in me remained, even as I may have hoped for support and understanding.


The only twisted branch upon our good old family tree
My differences continued to separate me from my family and their traditions.


I just couldn't be the person they expected me to be
Despite my struggles and hurts, I continued to value my independence and individuality over conforming to the expectations of others.


And the biggest disappointment in the world wa-as me
Ultimately, I had to learn to accept myself and my own choices, even if others did not see them as successful or worthwhile.




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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Natee izzle

They had my future wrapped up in a parcel
And no one even thought of asking me
The day I turned 15, I caught the mail train
To find what else might be in life for me
I rode on trucks and trains and lived on nothin'
Served me right for wanting to be free
Ah well, that's the way society looked at it
But it didn't seem to be that way to me
And the biggest disappointment in the family was me
The only twisted branch upon our good old family tree
I just couldn't be the person they expected me to be
And the biggest disappointment in the world was me
A lot more dinner times than there were dinners
I learned a lot that hurt me at the time
Then this quiet country boy went home a different man
With a memory of distance on my mind
But I always spoke too loud and laughed too often
Maybe drank to many glasses down
And perhaps my clothes were older than I realised
A relief to all concerned when I left town
And the biggest disappointment in the family was me
The only twisted branch upon our good old family tree
I just couldn't be the person they expected me to be
And the biggest disappointment in the world was me
And the biggest disappointment in the family was me
The only twisted branch upon our good old family tree
I just couldn't be the person they expected me to be
And the biggest disappointment in the world was me



All comments from YouTube:

Josiah Barrett

what ana absolute classic

Aussie Sean

Love this song. Its a song about you and you alone who can choose your own road in life. And if others don't like it well thats there problem not yours and if they judge you. Just say its my life and my life alone

Natee izzle

They had my future wrapped up in a parcel
And no one even thought of asking me
The day I turned 15, I caught the mail train
To find what else might be in life for me
I rode on trucks and trains and lived on nothin'
Served me right for wanting to be free
Ah well, that's the way society looked at it
But it didn't seem to be that way to me
And the biggest disappointment in the family was me
The only twisted branch upon our good old family tree
I just couldn't be the person they expected me to be
And the biggest disappointment in the world was me
A lot more dinner times than there were dinners
I learned a lot that hurt me at the time
Then this quiet country boy went home a different man
With a memory of distance on my mind
But I always spoke too loud and laughed too often
Maybe drank to many glasses down
And perhaps my clothes were older than I realised
A relief to all concerned when I left town
And the biggest disappointment in the family was me
The only twisted branch upon our good old family tree
I just couldn't be the person they expected me to be
And the biggest disappointment in the world was me
And the biggest disappointment in the family was me
The only twisted branch upon our good old family tree
I just couldn't be the person they expected me to be
And the biggest disappointment in the world was me

Mini Lulu

Legend!

Uncle

Almost identical to the album. Love it. And also is their anyone out their who knows about the slim dusty band history because theirs a photo of my grandad John Thompson beside the old slim dusty show touring truck if anyone has information on it and his history in the band that would be highly appreciated

WilliamHogan

Lumbago

David Buckley

Always slim rip legend

Bee Caston

Yea love it

Dan

What a man, what a woman, what a team.

Patricia Valentine

❤❤❤❤

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