Once a jolly swagman was humpin’ his bluey along the dusty Oodnadatta road….
… let’s just say he’s been to a lot of places. These include, but are not exclusive to: Tullamore, Seymour, Lismore, Mooloolaba, Nambour, Maroochydore, Kilmore, Murwillumbah, Birdsville, Emmaville, Wallaville, Cunnamulla, Condamine, Strathpine, Proserpine, Ulladulla, Darwin, Gin Gin, Deniliquin, Muckadilla, Wallumbilla, Boggabilla, Kumbarilla (I’m a killa).
Depending on who you’re listening to, he may also have been to Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, and Oskaloosa.
The song is Australian in origin an was made popular by singer Lucky Starr in 1962. Canadian singer Hank Snow adapted the song with North and South American place names and got a number one hit. The version most Americans are familiar with is the one done by Johnny Cash in 1996, which was featured in a series of hotel commercials.
There are other versions of the song in this here land. There’s a New Zealand, England, Finland, Germany…