Salt of the Earth - 2019 Lyrics Finalist - ASA Song of the Year

Salt of the Earth

Music & Lyrics by Jon Davis © 2016


“That’s my home” she said on our first date as we drove into the Mallee scrub

It was a run-down shack on the side of the road but a mansion full of love

A suburban boy with no idea I just laughed to myself at first

Then I realised she was fair dinkum and her old man was the salt of the Earth


He had furry, old grey sideburns and leathery, rough old hands

He and his ‘Mrs’ raised 10 kids there, while working on the land

On the block was a little grey Fergie, just as trusty as the day it was made

And he’d toil that red soil from dawn ‘til dusk and that was his only trade


CHORUS

Life’s not about where you come from or the money that you made

The richest man in the world will still be poor on judgement day

It’s a special kind of feeling when a man knows his worth

So, I’ll drink to you, I’ll drink to me and I’ll drink to The Salt of The Earth


He wore an old Akubra on his head and a smile upon his face

I hadn't yet learned to say thank you but at every meal he said Grace

They didn’t have a lot to give but they had plenty to share

And when ‘the old girl’ got to cooking, her best china was left bare



CHORUS

Life’s not about where you come from or the money that you made

The richest man in the world will still be poor on judgement day

It’s a special kind of feeling when a man knows his worth

So, I’ll drink to you, I’ll drink to me and I’ll drink to The Salt of The Earth


Then came his day of reckoning; at his funeral they played ‘True Blue’

He was no big, fancy businessman but the whole bloody district knew

Everything was closed that day, people came from all around

And the last thing I saw was his smelly old hat ...

... on his box lowered into the ground


CHORUS

Life’s not about where you come from or the money that you made

The richest man in the world will still be poor on judgement day

It’s a special kind of feeling when a man knows his worth

So, I’ll drink to you, I’ll drink to me and I’ll drink to The Salt of The Earth


One for you ...

One for me ...

And here’s to The Salt of The Earth ...


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