Boondooma's Balladeer
© Merv Webster
Author: Merv Webster
BOONDOOMA’S BALLADEER


In the back blocks of the Burnett there’s a Homestead by the road,
where for one old white haired balladeer it once was his abode.
Too today its restoration is a yoke he’s proud to wear
and its pioneering mem’ries are a thing he loves to share.

You will often find him with an adze or broadaxe in his hand
as he forms a piece of timber to the shape that’s in demand.
His old clothes are soiled and tardy and his hat is battered too,
but it shows where this man’s heart is and you sense that he’s true blue.

He’s the spirit of Boondooma, he’s its heart and soul as well
while his ballads share its hist’ry and as far as I can tell;
Buddy Thomson you’re its heartbeat and we’ll raise a glass and say
that Boondooma’s Pioneer fam’lies would be proud of you today.

You’ve rekindled all those mem’ries through your sweat and toil old son
and the Homestead takes us back in time to when it all begun.
All your lyrics share the stories of those folk of long ago,
like the Lawsons, old Ted Potter, dear Jane Ann and George Munro.

Every picture tells a story and each room it has a tale
And the shop has many souvenirs available for sale.
While each building shares an era from our pioneering past
And Boondooma’s singing balladeer has made the mem’ries last.

He’s the spirit of Boondooma, he’s its heart and soul as well
while his ballads share its hist’ry and as far as I can tell;
Buddy Thomson you’re its heartbeat and we’ll raise a glass and say
that Boondooma’s Pioneer fam’lies would be proud of you today.

Now in April folk all muster and they go there in their throngs
keen to share the bush experience and listen to the songs
of the balladeers who join him and the poets too as well
and it’s one all mighty shindig and the crowds all think it’s swell.

If you’re ever in the back blocks then please knock upon the door
and go share their hospitality, you’ll love it that’s for sure.
Take a tour back into history and reminisce a while
and perchance you meet old Buddy say g’day and crack a smile.

He’s the spirit of Boondooma, he’s its heart and soul as well
while his ballads share its hist’ry and as far as I can tell;
Buddy Thomson you’re its heartbeat and we’ll raise a glass and say
that Boondooma’s Pioneer fam’lies would be proud of you today.



© Bush Poet and Ballad Writer -Merv Webster