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  1. Caravanserai

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 been released as a movie.

Lyrics

Caravanserai

G
Whisper goodnight, you weary traveller
D G
The cold, cold bush be your bed

Whisper goodnight, you weary traveller
D G
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

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
























Lie down and sleep, you lonely traveller
The desert’s friends protect the land
Lie down and sleep, you lonely traveller
Events are shaped by unseen hands

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

In liquid dreams cool winds westerly
In flowing streams bring a gift of grace
Showing the purpose of your quest will be
To see the one who wears your face

So arise, arise, oh you desert’s daughter
Let the ocean’s heartbeat lift your soul
And earth and fire and wind and water
Come here to see your story told

© Des Wade 2018