BRUCE ROCK BACK TO THE BUSH
The weekend at Bruce Rock was great; a lot of laughs were had,
The sleeping was communal, but it really wasn’t bad,
At night for entertainment, lots of PJs hove in view
With frogs and hearts and hippos, and plain old navy blue.
The band as well, were colorful, with green, red and Maroon
We even had a blue one on her very own
The players harmonized as well as any we have heard
Without united practice, if you weren’t there take my word.
The people of Bruce Rock excelled themselves, and we all can say
That country hospitality is alive and well today
With food laid out for miles and miles the hundreds were well fed
And then we had some supper before we went to bed.!
Most country towns are crying out, for help in dry drought times
But Bruce Rock welcomed, and reached out, to Vets of Vietnam
Back to the Bush the Vets all went, and that meant to Bruce Rock
Many took their families, and others took their dog.
They came on Bikes, their Harleys, with tents for sleeping in.
Some came in cars and 4 wheel drives bringing caravans along,
There were also many busses decked out to be a home.
At the back I saw a one-man tent out on his very own.
The footy oval had transformed into a sea of white
Aussie flags were flying proudly above everyone each night
The feeling was the same from the eldest to the young
I wouldn’t want to miss this and I’m glad that I could come
On Saturday the march past and the rain it tumbled down
But it couldn’t put a dampener on those troops that were in town
They marched with pride, they marched for mates
remembered thou long gone,
For two long blocks down the main street before they turned around
And marched down to the church, where they all crammed inside,
To stand in silent reverence some their feelings could not hide,
While someone lit a candle and placed it gently down
At the window of remembrance in the Church in Bruce Rock town.
The entertainment at the camp continued on that night
The mattresses were moved away to give every one a seat
And even room for dancing, on some not to nimble feet
The county music played along, with rain on iron sheet.
The very best that happened was two Vets proudly became
Australia’s newest Aussies,Advance Australia Fair was sung
With so much might and feeling I thought the roof would lift
Then they gave them both an Aussie box including Vegemite.
That night when we all went to bed a tired but happy bunch
We wondered if we’d have the strength to rise much before lunch
But round the 5 am mark as I turned, to sleep, oh no!
A smoky perfume drifted in, breakfast was on the go
The bacon sausages and beans and even eggs “in “ toast
Oh what welcome to that day!! I would like to thank our host
The people of that little town that hardly makes the map Bruce Rock,
it is the big heart town and Yes! I will be back!!
5th November 2006
I googled up the words Bruce Rock and got heaps of information,
Bruce Rock I found is far from dead it’s a little mini nation,
I read that you are 2875 kilometers from Canberra
And folks just let me tell you that is to your advantage!
Bruce Rock is picturesque you see, people come here for vacation
For there is no hot air in Bruce Rock, like the Capitol of our nation.
Your town had a run of heroes and characters like Bruce,
I’ve even heard that Wally was a legend from this place,
And with all the new facilities up and running well,
Well Bruce Rock you can be real proud, your town is doing swell,
Yes it’s true you gave some land away so more families could come,
And businesses are prospering a good variety you have shown.
Your Amphitheatre is unique I told my dad about it,
And then I found it on the net and read that you designed it,
You’ve sport and swimming pools and golf and
Farmers, trades and families
Who love this town for I can tell I read so much about them.
But sure the highlight of the year is on here each November
The B R Viet Vets back to the Bush is on, time to remember.
The towns is looking good this year with new brickwork on the road
The shops all open in a row and the verandas all bull nosed,
Bruce Rock spruced up and ready, and everything’s in gear,
For there has been a whisper round your friends are getting near,
The motor homes arriving motor bikes and caravans
The tents are being pitched on what was one the football ground.
The first time that this happened there was room for many more
But now the oval is nearly full, is an overflow in store?
The Vets all look to see their mates to see who has arrived
They know that some won’t come this time, Last year a last goodbye
Last year I said I would be back, and here I am I’ve come!
And I’ve bought the whole band with me
For you wanted more than drum!
I know I make a lot of noise, but some melody was needed,
So all the Challenge Band have come just so I’m not embarrassed!
Oh I said last year I would be here now you just have to find me,
Yes I’m in the Challenge Band, with Pete,
No up the back, behind there,
Yes right next to the drum kit with all the strange odd things
That make the sound effects sometime like Glockenspiel and Tims..
I’m sorry about the march past for me the drums too heavy
I find that I can’t carry it and at the back I’d tarry
So Pete will bang the drum and you can hold your head, up high
Be proud you served your county well, and Pete will keep your stride.
And ‘I’ll be back” a big man said, but he didn’t really mean it
Not half as much as I do now, 2008 is getting closer
When we get home our web master will post it up Anon
Only 360 more days to go till Bruce Rock again is on.
The members of the CHALLENGE BRASS BAND,
Would like to thank our hosts,
For doing such a bang up job,
Once again you are the most!
Your founding father never could
Have done a better job,
But he wasn’t good at organizing,
Though he found water for you mob.
Some how I know your people, organizing this “shebang”
Will get together soon and start organizing once again,
For if you didn’t plan the whole thing One year in advance,
It would not run so smoothly, it would never stand a chance
Of ever getting of the ground. without a “reccie” in advance
To the people of Bruce Rock, You really are astounding,
In organizing everything and patience too, abounding.
I wonder could you share with me the kilos that you buy
Of steak and snags and bread and stuff you know supplies!
For even 20 kilos would not go far with this mob,
Oh you buy it by the trailer load, it is a whole truck job!
Well CONGRATULATIONS to you each,
You each should get a medal
For going far beyond the call, but that’s not why you do it!
For comradeship and honor, and friendship is the thing,
That brings you at this time each year to start it out again.
INTRODUCING MY FRIEND
This year I’ve bought a friend with me and he is in my pocket
I wanted him around by neck but he won’t fit in my locket
But up till now my orphan friend has never had a name
But you know I really like this town, So now that’s going to change
I’ll introduce you to my friend, he has a lovely face
All shinny, clean and smiling, well exactly like this place,
For you show to all Australia that you honor all the men
Who went to fight in Vietnam, some never to return,
You give the Vets a friendly place where they can reminisce
Can share a week together, and can down a friendly glass
Then head back home at weeks end, To where some don’t want to know,
There to wait on till next year comes and then return, and so
Right now I name my little rock with the lovely shinny face
“Rock Bruce” in honor of this place.
THE MONDAY SPECIAL
We are of on a small bus to Bruce Rock,
With the overflow few in the van,
We are towing the trailer with Sousas aboard
We’ll get there today if we can.
This poor little bus with the tow on
Is not a real happy young lad,
But we just passed a car and we cheered rather loud,
It was driven by someone’s Granddad
Now Geoff just tapped me on the shoulder,
With a look on his face that clear said,
That something vital had been left behind
So I’ll tell just what Geoff did.
Well not so much did as didn’t
For he put in the drum and the stand
His music stand he passed out of the door
But he said he can’t play and stand.
For Geoff has a nice padded stool
Where he usually sits when he plays
But not today folks, for he’s left it behind,
In the store room! So he'll use mine today.
We have seen quite some interesting places
The green sign we just passed has one word!
MAWSON it said quite succinctly,
Not entering leaving just BOLD,
So I looked really quickly for MAWSON
It was there just behind the green sign;
One house on its own not a few in a row
And not even a dog on the lawn.
SHACKLETON to is a small place,
With just one historic site,
A teeny brown bank from the days back when gold
Was dug up around there each night,
Now the bank was safer than “houses” ,
For its size bought it lots of fame
‘Tis the tiniest bank in Australia
3 meters by 4 is its frame.
But we arrived at Bruce Rock on that Monday
And we played while the Shire unveiled
A plaque to the Vietnam Veterans
The young ones who never came back
The dignitaries stood and saluted
The National Anthem was played
But no one stood prouder than the men of that town
They remembered their mates who had died.