Afghan Express

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AFGHAN EXPRESS – © Copyright 2019

Lyrics: Susan Craig

Music: Mark Simpkin and Ian (NED) Kelly

 

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Thousands of Afghani and Pakistani cameleers played an important role in shaping the Australian outback and were referred to as Afghan Cameleers.  Principally from Kandahar, Afghan cameleers arrived in Port Augusta and settled in many “Ghan towns” which became part of Australia’s foundation years.  One of the most  important was Farina Town in South Australia’s far north.

Cameleers opened the great central expanses of Australia. For more than 50 years until the 1920s, camel trains radiated into the outback from railways that gradually extended into the interior, or from points near otherwise isolated, inaccessible parts of the country. In long strings of up to 70, they sustained human life and new endeavours in the emerging outback communities. They carried building and railway materials, food, furniture, water, mail and medicine to the pastoralists and mining ventures, returning with the products of those inland enterprise.

Camel teams played an important role in developing Australia but their contribution has largely been forgotten. Cameleers played a key role in the construction of the Overland Telegraph and developing rail link between Port Augusta and Alice Springs which became known as the Afghan Express and later the Ghan.   The Ghan has emerged as a fitting legacy to the Afghan Pioneers and we hope our song brings to light a hidden history and the Afghan Cameleers, Australia’s forgotten pioneers.

 

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SINGLE: Afghan Express

Downloadable files:

– Afghan Express.Mp3

– Afghan Express .wav.

– Afghan Express Lyrics.PDF

 

Afghan Express – © Copyright 2019

Lyrics: Susan Craig

Music: Mark Simpkin and Ian (NED) Kelly.

Website: http://www.mossmusic.com.au

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

VERSE 1:

We hear the bells ring, from the Afghan camel trains

Making history, But we don’t know your names.

 

CHORUS 1:

Afghan Cameleers   Forgotten Pioneers

Afghan Cameleers   Forgotten Pioneers.

 

VERSE 2:

We see the steam blow, from the desert tracks ahead

Breathing life from the Afghan Express

 

CHORUS 2:

Afghan Cameleers   Forgotten Pioneers

Afghan Cameleers   Forgotten Pioneers Yeh Yeh Yeh

 

BRIDGE:

From Kandahar to Farina, the grinding road, endless and hard.

From the dunes of white to red desert Ghantowns  

To find a better life, Cameleers, Cameleers, Cameleers.

 

INSTRUMENTAL:

 

VERSE 3:

In shimmering haze  they stride across the land

Lonely Days, brown sandals outback sand

 

CHORUS 3:

Afghan Cameleers   Forgotten Pioneers

Afghan Cameleers   Forgotten Pioneers Yeh Yeh Yeh

 

© copyright Susan Craig, Mark Simpkin and Ian (NED) Kelly.

Additional information

Song Track

02

Writer

Lyrics: Susan Craig

Music: Mark Simpkin and Ian (NED) Kelly

Album

SINGLE

Genre

Heartland Rock
Dance
Indie

Length

4:36

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