The last bus to Adelaide

The last bus to Adelaide

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Last Bus to Adelaide

Liner Notes: 

Our daughter's business in the snowfields is all but shut down as the ski season collapses due to the coronavirus meltdown going on in Melbourne, Victoria. Staff are fleeing not just because the work is fading away, but also because if they don't run for it now, they won't be able to get out of Victoria, literally. South Australia's borders shut down completely midnight 28 July. So this is a hugely time-limited and topical song, which is why I'm posting the lyrics and not the music which has yet to come into existence! The mountain location, BTW is exactly 1000km from my house here in SA.

And I get the demo at at 1 minute to midnight!!! And I believe the lad did get the Last Bus and did make it across (from Falls Creek) before the border sealed up.

Lyrics: 

THE LAST BUS TO ADELAIDE

You're a thousand kays from home, lad,
A thousand kays from home
Get off your mountain
Leave your job
You're a thousand kays from home

Hope your workmates'll be all right
But you gotta get home by midnight tonight
'cause the borders they'll be shutting tight
And you're a thousand kays from home

Take the last bus to Adelaide
The last bus to Adelaide
Out from Melbourne the plague she's spreading
Home is where you need to be heading
Don't wanna be cut off? You gotta be getting
The last bus to Adelaide

It looked real good early on, lad
It looked real good early on
The plague had gone
The work was on
It looked real good early on

But then the plague started taking the town
And your work walked away as they locked the town down
You're left high on the hill as they don their crown
It only looked good early on

Take the last bus to Adelaide
The last bus to Adelaide
Out from Melbourne the plague she's spreading
Home is where you need to be heading
Don't wanna be cut off? You gotta be getting
The last bus to Adelaide

You're a thousand kays from home, lad,
A thousand kays from home
The plague is coming
The zombies running
You're a thousand kays from home

The borders' closing, the army in place
This time, you don't want to lose the race
You've got one chance to get back to your place
And it's a thousand kays to your home

Take the last bus to Adelaide
The last bus to Adelaide
Out from Melbourne the plague she's spreading
Home is where you need to be heading
You've got one chance left, and that's to be getting
The last bus to Adelaide
The last bus to Adelaide



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Comments

metalfoot's picture

Timely, topical, and no doubt going to be a catchy song.

wacha's picture

Wow, very powerful set of lyrics. I feel like I am right there with them. Nice job!

billwhite51's picture

thus has the makings of a great song. looking forward to the music, back in 2012, when i was procrastinating on the move to peru, i had a dream that the US borders had been closed, and I was too late trying to get out. so glad i escaped when i did.

tjeff's picture

For starters, the title spoke to me in a big way and aroused my curiosity. Powerful lyric that sparked my imagination & made me think of the many people struggling during this time. Really good writing.

coolparadiso's picture

The last....... makes for good songs ah the last train out of sydney etc. add the topicality and this makes a fine lyric

nancyrost's picture

With its lilting meter and repetitions, this lyric sings off the page. Heckuva story too - what a time we're living in. I'll come back to hear the music.

Stephen Wordsmith's picture

Very palpable. The cadence has a sense of urgency that is appropriate for this, and not many other, situations. Good narrative voice - has something of the phlegmatic, no-nonsense Australasian about it.

Sorry that you're all having to go through with this, and may St. Peter slap those shag-happy quarantine guards with a wet platypus come judgment day.

Great stuff-- this should be heard, these are the kinds of niche experiences that show the breadth of damage of COVID. people hear body counts, but all those other human stories get mixed in together and lost, without songs like this.

metalfoot's picture

I came back to listen to the music-- and the urgency of the music is the perfect match for the urgency of the lyric. Nicely done.

billwhite51's picture

your music enlivens your words with an urgency that not only infotrms the present, but makes us appreciate all those last boat leaving airs of yesteryear as well.

This moves!!! much faster than the poor folks stuck did, I'm sure. That rushing, jump-ity-ing rhythm hits really the spot.

JWHanberry's picture

The uptempo somewhat jumpy presentation supports the story perfectly. It's certainly timely. We're all trying to get away to somewhere. Wink

wacha's picture

That intro is amazing, It drew me in right away. I love the dark, jazzy feel you gave the song. Very nice job!

nancyrost's picture

The music reminds me of Al Stewart, a very good thing in my book.

mike skliar's picture

listening, and watching--- timely and very well done indeed! and glad the people you knew were able to get out in time!

Jeuse's picture

I like the rhythms and the pentatonic feel. They suit the story well and it's exciting.