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Dear Pop,
I told you I’d write, so here I am.
I’ve been busy, I meant to write sooner, I hope you understand.
I found a full time job in a farmer’s yard, just North of Perth.
No more smoky streets for me, now I’m a regular man of the earth.
(And you don’t have to worry, I’m doing fine,
And you don’t have to worry, I’m doing fine,
Out here in Australia)

Dear Son,
Not a bother, I’m glad you’re on your way.
The weather is muck, but the girls are well, I can’t complain.
The lads dropped in to say hi,
I made the tea and they sat with me all day.
I’ll have to get myself online, they all say you’re doing fine, that you’re okay
(Out there in Australia)

Dear Pop,
I’m glad you’re well and the girls are too.
Life out here is grand but the foreman treats me like his fool.
On the weekends we pool and car and drive down to the local bar and mess around.
The lads are fairly sound and I’ve put away a couple ‘pound’, as you would say.
(And you don’t have to worry, I’m doing fine,
And you don’t have to worry, I’m doing fine,
Out here in Australia)

Dear Son,
Have your fun but go easy on the beer.
It is a pity about your man but there are wankers in every hemisphere.
I was down to see your Ma, it’s been 4 years, can you believe?
I stood there in the rain, with a fresh and burning pain but wouldn’t leave.
(But you don’t have to worry, I’m doing fine,
No you don’t have to worry, go have the time of your life,
out there in Australia)

Dear Pop,
I forgot, I’m sorry, it slipped my mind.
Although I think of her every day and I miss her all the time.
You know I’m terrible with dates, but excuses can wait, I wish I was home.
Where are Gina and Leanne? I hate to think of my old man on his own.
(And sometimes I wake up in the night, and I see her face,
But when I scramble to the light, I am alone in this alien place called
Australia)

Dear Son,
Your life has just begun, don’t look back now.
I know it’s hard out there alone, but there’s nothing here at home, you’ll get by somehow.
Besides I was looking there last week and flights abroad are pretty cheap if you book in May,
What would you say to me and the girls flying half across the world for Christmas Day?
And by the way your mother’d be so proud of the man you have become,
And every day I thank the Lord for giving me my son.
(And so you don’t have to worry, we’re doing fine,
And you don’t have to worry, you’ll have a future so bright, out there in Australia)

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from Shine, released December 28, 2013

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