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by Slim Dusty

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[edit]Song titleMen Who Come Behind
[edit]Artist nameSlim Dusty
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There's a class of men (and women) who are always on their guard,
Cunning, treacherous, superstitious, feeling softly, grasping hard.
Yet without the courage to forsake the beaten track,
Cautiously they feel their way behind a bolder spirit’s back.

They will stick to you as sin does, while your money comes and goes,
But they’ll leave you when you haven’t got a dollar in your clothes.
And you may get some help above you, but you’ll nearly always find
That you cannot get assistance from the men who come behind.

There are many, far too many, in the world of prose and rhyme,
Always looking for another’s footsteps on the sands of time.’
Journalistic imitators are the meanest of mankind,
And the grandest themes are hackneyed by the pens that come behind.

If you strike a novel subject, write it up, and do not fail,
They will rhyme and prose about it till your very own is stale,
As they raved about the bushland that the wattle-boughs perfume
Find more similar lyrics on http://mp3lyrics.com/iIqlTill the reader cursed that region and the stink of wattle-bloom.

They will follow in your footsteps while you’re groping for the light ;
But they’ll run to get before you when they see you’re going right,
And they’ll trip you up and baulk you in their blind and greedy heat,
Like a stupid pup that hasn’t learned to trail behind your feet.

Take your loads of sin and sorrow on an energetic back,
Go and strike across the country where there isn't any track,
And I fancy that the subject could be further treated here,
But we’ll leave it to be hackneyed by the fellows in the rear.

Oh there are many, far too many, in the world of prose and rhyme,
Always looking for another’s footsteps on the sands of time.’
Journalistic imitators are the meanest of mankind,
And the grandest themes are hackneyed by the pens that come behind.

Henry Lawson And Banjo Paterson (Disc 1) 1989
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Slim Dusty biography

Slim Dusty is known as the ‘Father of Australian Country Music’ and was born on 13 June 1927 as David Gordon Kirkpatrick at Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia. He grew up on his father’s dairy farm at nearby Nulla Nulla Creek and at the young age of 10 he wrote his first song, ‘The Way the Cowboy Dies’

While still working on the family property, Slim sang during intervals at cinemas, at rodeos and community concerts and even did some busking on the streets.. In fact he sang whenever and wherever he could.

In 1942 he gatecrashed radio station 2KM Kempsey to record at his own expense, his first record, “Song for the Aussies” and “My Final Song.” In 1946 he signed a recording contract with Columbia for their Regal Zonophone label and recorded six titles including his first country classic “When the Rain Tumbles down in July”., which he had written the year before. Then in 1948 he began a part time career.....MORE.....(full Slim Dusty biography)

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