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In the 1970s a woman from Brisbane named Robyn Davidson took a small herd of camels from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. It was a remarkable journey and along the way she learnt about the bush and heard many Aboriginal stories. One myth refers to the Plaiedes constellation and in it the stars (the ‘seven girls forever flyin’ – in the song) represent a group of maidens being hunted every night across the sky. This story is part of the mythology of the Pitjantjatjara people.
Davidson wrote a book about the adventure called Tracks which inspired this song and the story of her trek has recently been released as a movie.

Lyrics

Caravanserai


Whisper goodnight, you weary traveller
The cold, cold bush be your bed
Whisper goodnight, you weary traveller
Pillow of stars for your head

Caravanserai upon the skyline
A blood red moon on the rise
Soon the nightly hunt is in full cry
Across the dusty, diamond skies

Seven girls forever flyin’
Faithful dingos by their side
From the spearhead of Orion
To the astral reach of Taurus
And safety in light

Lie down and sleep, you weary traveller
The deserts friends still love the land
Lie down and sleep, you weary traveller
Events are shaped by unseen hands

There’s a message written on each grain of sand
And the words are meant for you alone
And as you read them you will understand
They will be your guide back home

Whisper goodnight, you weary traveller
The cold, cold bush be your bed
Whisper goodnight, you weary traveller
Pillow of stars for your head

© Des Wade 2017