John Williamson - Goodbye Blinky Bill

This video (no longer on YouTube) was passed on via Sydney singer songwriter Richard Cuthbert. Richard emigrated to Australia with his family when he was 8 years old. His father played John Williamson’s Goodbye Blinky Bill in the car on repeat for months on their road trips around the country side.

John Williamson is an Australian music and folk icon! This song is from his album True Blue.

Lyrics

Oh goodbye Bunyip Bluegum, goodbye Blinky Bill

And beautiful little Nutsie, I can't believe it

Our koalas are all dying, can it really be?

A national disaster, a world catastrophe

Shiny little black nose and fluffy little ears

Furry little bundle soaking up the tears

Oh Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are crying in the rain

and Wombat's gone into his hole and won't come out

CHORUS

Oh pass the hat around between your friends

There's no time to contemplate

Maybe if we show some love

Maybe it's not too late

'Cause Blinky Bill is dying, cross him off the list

Knock on doors, ring the bell, save the eucalypts

I don't think I could stand the shame,

Knowing that I could Have saved the world from losing

Something beautiful and good

(REPEAT CHORUS)

One doctor on the job is hardly enough

One little hospital, wake up Australia

It's our corner of the world,

Time to pull our weight

What would we tell our children

About our little mate?

Oh goodbye Bunyip Bluegum, goodbye Blinky Bill

And beautiful little Nutsie, I can't believe it

Our koalas are all dying, can it really be?

A national disaster, a world catastrophe

(REPEAT CHORUS TWICE)

#responsibility

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