Hundred Year Old Dream

A Song by Doug Fudge©2003 Doug Fudge

It’s been one hundred years in the dreaming
From the first time it was planned
From Adelaide Concrete canyons
Across the Central Desert’s sands
Through the tropical Top End
The Railway tracks run free
From the Great Australian Bight
To the Arafura Sea.

G’day Australia how are you travelling
I’m travelling along on silver wings
Crossing a continent following a dream
My heart starting to sing.

Leaving platform Adelaide through a green and fertile plain
Up to Port Augusta rides the rhythm of the train
Coffee in the club car bright sunset indigo night
Night time on the ‘Ghan train silver soft moonlight
Crossing the Fink River the McDonnell Rangers up ahead
Through the gaps to Alice yes the Centre is still red
Riding North to Tennant then on to Katherine
Gliding into Darwin Town on this new bold railway

A hundred rears to dream it now it unites our land
North and south black and white built by willing hands
United proud we stand divided we will fail
Our country and one people joined together by this rail


'This song is my five minutes of fame. It won a song writing competition. For years the federal and state governments promised Territorians an all year weather free rail link. It finally happened after one hundred years of talk. The last frontier (the N.T.) is no more!!'

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