Built from nothing but botany and earth
A harbour fore, deliverance be true.
Now the best there is, anywhere on earth
Harks of a persona harking back to you.
My family come from Melbourne, don’t you know?
The only one born and bred in town!
When we moved south I had no say at all –
A two-year old, in back seat, bears a frown.
On our return, my smile fast appeared –
Ahhh, the wattle, the humidity and sand.
A blow-up pool in our backyard of cheer
Was where you would find me and my fans.
As years past, Sydney grew to adulthood –
A child that had, now, come of age.
A life of love, forgiveness – yes, I could
Be that man standing on the players’ stage.
I sat there on the House’s stairs, watching them drink –
Vodka looked like water to the naked eye,
Donating funds for those left on the brink –
I fixed my eyes on the harbour’s night-time sky.
I looked from my balcony at night
And saw fireworks – New Year’s still far away –
A picture perfect backyard scene of light
That drew me nearer Southern Cross each day.
Old Sydney Town, I love you with my heart –
My family belong there with the Bridge.
I may move north for a brand new start
But you stay with me – in hindsight, you are it.
I missed you every day I was away,
Frustrated at decisiveness to move.
My mother brought me to your world to stay
And trickling water fountains would disprove
That Old Sydney Town left slow-coaches behind
Only one speed here – fast or you were dead
But your city’s splendour, elsewhere I couldn’t find –
Secluded beaches ‘round the foreshore’s sand I tread.
Under the Bridge I lay, gazing in her eyes
My hand pressed to her palm as we embraced.
Where else is there a park beneath constructed site?
Yet my main attraction was her suntanned face.
The caterpillar and the crane – far away
And the dust gave blue sky a dirty hue.
Please keep the beaches open – don’t betray
The places, splendid, we can all walk to.
Old Sydney Town, I love you now you’re grown
And the waning winter weather waits the sun.
Raise your head with pride at amalgamation’s show –
Out of many we live life as one.