A Thousand Miles Away by Banjo Paterson

(Air: “Ten Thousand Miles Away.”)

Hurrah for the Roma railway! Hurrah for Cobb and Co.,
And oh! for a good fat horse or two to carry me Westward Ho-
To carry me Westward Ho! my boys, that’s where the cattle stray
On the far Barcoo, where they eat nardoo, a thousand miles away.

Chorus

Then give your horses rein across the open plain,
We’ll ship our meat both sound and sweet, nor care what some folks say;
And frozen we’ll send home the cattle that now roam
On the far Barcoo and the Flinders too, a thousand miles away.

Knee-deep in grass we’ve got to pass-for the truth I’m bound to tell-
Where in three weeks the cattle get as fat as they can swell-

As fat as they can swell, my boys; a thousand pounds they weigh,
On the far Barcoo, where they eat nardoo, a thousand miles away.

Chorus: Then give your horses rein, etc.

No Yankee hide e’er grew outside such beef as we can freeze;
No Yankee pastures make such steers as we send o’er the seas-
As we send o’er the seas, my boys, a thousand pounds they weigh-
From the far Barcoo, where they eat nardoo, a thousand miles away.

Chorus: Then give your horses rein, etc.

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