Editors’ Notes “Mallee,” for those without roots in Australia, refers to the country's desert vegetation—and the region near Melbourne where John Williamson grew up. Here, he tells the story of his youth with vivid, realist descriptions that recall earlier U.S. counterparts like Merle Travis and Roger Miller. Williamson is funnier, though: Neither of those artists ever wrote a song in which a budgie relieves itself on a vet. Such humor (and humanism) transcends any differences in dialect.

SONG
Mallee Boy
1
3:17
 
Galleries of Pink Galahs
2
4:10
 
Back At the Isa
3
2:52
 
Raining On the Rock
4
4:31
 
Three Rivers Hotel
5
3:09
 
Cracker Night
6
2:56
 
True Blue (1986 Version)
7
4:02
 
Humpin' My Bluey
8
3:04
 
The Budgie Song
9
2:42
 
I'm In the Mood
10
2:53
 
Cootamundra Wattle
11
3:52
 
Paint Me a Wheelbarrow
12
2:45
 
Diamantina Drover
13
3:02
 
Show Me a Better Way
14
3:28