Slim's Been Here Before


Slim's Been Here Before

Words and music by Steve Grace

I've been travelling round this country for such a long time now
I’d say I’ve done a million miles or more
And every town I come to I set up for a show
I get that feeling Slim’s been here before

From Kempsey to Kalgoorlie, Gundagai to Marble Bar
I’ve sung in all those old time country halls
Built in memory of the ANZAC’s after the great war
In every town Slim’s been here before

From the workers club in Tamworth to the Sydney Opera House
Charters Towers to the Isa Rodeo
He sang his songs to country people since 1944
In every town Slim’s been here before 

You’ll never be forgotten mate you’ve done Australia proud
That boy from Nulla Nulla Creek sure lived his life out loud
The son of Dan Kirkpatrick knew what he was living for
And every town I travel to Slim’s been here before

From Halls Creek down to Hobart, from Cooktown to Kintore
The Plains of Peppimenarti across the endless Nullarbor
From Townsville to Toowoomba to the Tenterfield Town Hall
Every town I come to Slim’s been here before 

Birdsville to Billinudgel, Broken Hill to Naracoorte
The RSL in Rocky, the pub at Bungandore
From Wollongong to Wagga I’ve been many times for sure
But every town Slim’s been here before

You’ll never be forgotten mate you’ve done Australia proud
That boy from Nulla Nulla Creek sure lived his life out loud
The son of Dan Kirkpatrick knew what he was living for
And every town I travel to Slim’s been here before

Kununurra to Katoomba to the old Morella Hall
Every town Slim’s been here before

North Gregory Pub in Winton, Warrnambool to Tocumwal
Every town Slim’s been here before

From Charleville to Childers and the Appletree Creek Hall
He sure got around
Slim’s been here before
Yeah Slim’s been here before

© 2016 Steve Grace. All rights reserved.

When the Rains Come Down


When the Rains Come Down

Words and music by Steve Grace

I see my country broken, Deperate for the rain
Crying for redemption to see the seasons change
Where are the storm clouds that will bring new hope of life
To the barren ground, the ancient lands, praying it will work out right

I see ordinary people who sacrificed their time
Volunteered to travel, put their money on the line
Showed us country people that there's still some folks out there
Who believe to be Australian means you give because you care

When the rains come down and the rivers rise again
When the drought times end and the real hard work begins
Strangers from down south they came to lend a helping hand
We will remember them

When the rains come down
When the rains come down again
When the rains come down
We will remember them

Been through those times before, the heartache and the doubt
Depressing isolation where you learn to go without
No clouds on the horizon, in debt with no way out
But thank God for those strangers who helped us through the drought

When the rains come down and the rivers rise again
When the drought times end and the real hard work begins
Strangers from down south they came to lend a helping hand
We will remember them

When the rains come down
When the rains come down again
When the rains come down
We will remember them

© 2014 Steve Grace. All rights reserved.

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace like a river
Attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll

Whatever my lot
Thou has taught me to say
It is well with my soul

Oh, Satan should buffet
Oh, trials should come
Let this blest assurance control

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate
And hath shed his own blood for my soul
It is well with my soul

It is well
With my soul

My sin, Oh my bliss
Of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but a whole

Is nailed to the cross
And I bear it no more
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord
For my soul

It is well
With my soul

And Lord haste the day
When my faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll

The drums shall resound
And the Lord shall descend
Even so, it is well with my soul

It is well
With my soul