Walk A Country Mile
Slim Dusty Lyrics


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Well I've walked a mile or two-oo in my lifetime
And I've travelled down some muddy tracks and dry
'Cause if I wanted to get where I was go-oin'
I knew I'd just have to walk that country mile

Now a country mile would be the longest distance
A man could ever travel when he's down
And you curse the never ending road before you
When you think you'll never make it into town

But you meet a friend or two along the highway
And you'll learn a lot you never knew before
And if the journey takes a lifetime
When you thought a year or two
Well you just don't give up easy anymore

And I've walked a mile or two-oo in my lifetime
And I've travelled down some muddy tracks and dry
'Cause if I wanted to get where I was go-oin'
I knew I'd just have to walk that country mile

Walkin' that long mile has shown me changes
Changes in the people and the land
But I'll bet the road to Marble Bar's no better
Than when I drove with trucks and caravans

And a country bloke is still the same old battler
No matter what the place he's workin' in
And although I've covered many miles
I still can't wait to see
What the next long country mile will bring

Well I've walked a mile or two-oo in my lifetime
And I've travelled down some muddy tracks and dry
'Cause if I wanted to get where I was go-oin'




I knew I'd just have to walk that country mile
Yes I knew I'd have to walk that country mile

Overall Meaning

In Slim Dusty's "Walk A Country Mile," the lyrics touch on the experience of traversing through Australia's vast and varied landscapes. The song speaks to the long distances and difficult terrain that must be overcome in order to reach one's destination. The title itself becomes a metaphor for not only the physical distance, but also the personal journey and growth that comes with facing challenges and meeting new people.


The first verse describes the challenges of the journey, with the singer having traveled through both muddy tracks and dry terrain. Despite these obstacles, the singer knows that they will have to continue on the long and winding road in order to reach their destination. The second verse touches on the sensation of feeling isolated and alone when facing such a daunting task. However, the singer learns that sometimes a journey is not just about reaching the end goal, but also the lessons and growth that come from walking that long and arduous path.


The final verse speaks to the changes that come with traveling through the varied Australian landscape, but ultimately shows that the core of a country person remains unchanged. The song acts as both an ode to the various landscapes and people that comprise Australia, as well as a celebration of the human experience of facing adversity and finding growth through the journey.


Line by Line Meaning

Well I've walked a mile or two-oo in my lifetime
I have experienced life and faced challenges along the way.


And I've travelled down some muddy tracks and dry
I have experienced both good times and bad times.


'Cause if I wanted to get where I was go-oin'
In order to achieve my goals, I had to keep moving forward.


I knew I'd just have to walk that country mile
I understood that the journey was going to be long and difficult, but I was determined to keep going.


Now a country mile would be the longest distance
When you're in the middle of nowhere, a country mile can feel like an eternity.


A man could ever travel when he's down
When you feel defeated, the distance to your destination can seem insurmountable.


And you curse the never ending road before you
You may feel frustrated and discouraged by the long journey ahead.


When you think you'll never make it into town
You may doubt your ability to reach your destination.


But you meet a friend or two along the highway
You may find unexpected support and camaraderie along the way.


And you'll learn a lot you never knew before
The journey can teach you valuable lessons and expose you to new experiences.


And if the journey takes a lifetime
Achieving your goals can take a long time and require a great deal of patience.


When you thought a year or two
You may have initially thought that the journey would be short and easy.


Well you just don't give up easy anymore
After facing obstacles and challenges, you become more resilient and determined.


Walkin' that long mile has shown me changes
The journey has allowed me to see change and growth.


Changes in the people and the land
I have witnessed transformation in both the environment and the individuals I have encountered.


But I'll bet the road to Marble Bar's no better
Even though things change, some things remain the same.


Than when I drove with trucks and caravans
My previous experiences have informed my expectations and perspectives.


And a country bloke is still the same old battler
No matter the circumstances, people in rural areas continue to work hard and persevere.


No matter what the place he's workin' in
Despite differences in location and environment, individuals in rural areas share common traits and experiences.


And although I've covered many miles
I have accomplished much on my journey thus far.


I still can't wait to see
I am excited to see what the future holds.


What the next long country mile will bring
I am eager to continue my journey and embrace whatever challenges and opportunities come my way.


Yes I knew I'd have to walk that country mile
I understood from the beginning that the journey would be long and challenging, and I was willing to face it head-on.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: J. CUTTY, JEAN CLAUDE PETIT

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Comments from YouTube:

@MrBeanzombie

I hope slim and joy are finally reunited, love you slim! You made me and a lot of Aussie’s childhoods!

@tenderheart17

A lovely man and a fantastic Australian music artist. Miss you Slim... thanks for all the great music.

@bevanneale3256

we love you slim I am 75 and you have inspired me as I jackaroo when I was young
love you and your wonderfull wife😄

@olafelsberry9271

Damn I'm farley new to listening to Mr. Dusty but damn i love Australian country music

@dartanion0075

Smart man

@triumph66500

when the journey takes a lifetime..well you just dont give up easy anymore!!!! just love it .. words to live by!

@wallabybob12

Slim sang about Australia, for Australians, and he was as fair dinkum as you will ever git. Slim and Henry Lawson carved their names into this beautiful countries history books. "" And the sun sank again on the grand australian bush, the nurse and tutor of excentric minds,the home of the weird, and much that is different from things in other lands""

@mydogbites8681

My dad loved this man slim love you Dad for shearing his music with all the powers love ya dad

@nikwboy635-_-2

just an old Aussie sipping coffee n rolling a smoke and enjoying a good song here.

@Pablo-vh8tg

you forgot about by a fire of gidgee coal

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