Song Lyric Sunday: Do You Come From A Land Down Under?

Jim Adams is the host for Song Lyric Sunday.
This week’s theme is Australian Music.


Welcome to clickbait Sunday! The title is a line from Men at Work’s 1981 hit Land Down Under, which does not feature in today’s Oz fest. Even though, it is a cracking song with a great video.

Instead, I bring you The Pushbike Song by The Mixtures. Released in 1970, this particular piece of Antipodean artistry drove my mother nuts. I fell in love with this song as a nipper. And, whenever it came on the radio, which it did every summer during the seventies, I insisted we all do the bicycle dance!

Imagine the scene, an excitable toddler and her forbearing family stomping around with exaggerated leg lifts. Lucky for them, I soon outgrew the cute stage, and they left me to prance about the place on my own until I realised what a sad puppy I was. These days, I dance like I’ve something wrong with me to rock classics.

But here’s to memory lane with two video versions. This is the LINK for the “real” one, but I prefer this skit from the Paul Hogan show in all its unreconstructed comic genius!

Ridin’ along on my pushbike, honey
When I noticed you
Ridin’ downtown in a hurry, honey
Down South Avenue

You looked so pretty
As you were ridin’ along
You looked so pretty
As you were singing this song

Well, I put on the speed and I tried catching up
But you were pedalling harder too
Ridin’ along like a hurricane, honey
Spinning out of view

You looked so pretty
As you were ridin’ along
You looked so pretty
As you were singing this song

Sing this song

A-round, round, wheels goin’ round, round, round
Down up pedals, down up down
But I gotta get across to the other side of town
Before the sun goes down

Hey, hey, hey

Now we’re riding along on the bicycle, honey
That’s a bicycle built for two
A-lookin’ at my honey in the rear-view mirror
And now I got a better view

You looked so pretty
As you were ridin’ along
You looked so pretty
As you were singing this song

Sing this song

A-round, round, wheels goin’ round, round, round
Down up pedals, down up down
But I gotta get across to the other side of town
Before the sun goes down

Hey, hey, hey

Songwriters: Idris Lloyd Jones / James Evan Jones
© Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc