ABC Radio's Your Town, Your Song competition
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Golden Guitar winning songwriter Ian Quinn will add a melody to David's lyrics, then Felicity Urquhart from Saturday Night Country will record the song for broadcast and digital download.
David will get to kick up his heels at the 2011 Tamworth Country Music Festival, with flights, accommodation and selected tickets (including seats at the Golden Guitar Awards) all taken care of.
He'll also be special guest at an exclusive ABC Radio concert, where Felicity will perform the song for the first time live onstage.
Here is David's winning lyric:
'The Magic of Maleny'
By David Crewe
There’s something in the air up here that seems to make you smile,
Not like the crowded city folk where smilin’s out of style.
So when you’re walking down the road strangers still hello you,
And the people in the shops and stores are pleased to get to know you.
I’ve travelled far and travelled wide, crossed every land and sea,
But there’s one place in this great big world that I would rather be.
No matter where I wander, no matter where I roam,
The green hills of Maleny are calling me come home.
Up here you’ll find the peacefulness that any man would seek,
Among the ancient forests and along the Obi creek.
When the sky comes dropping down the world can disappear,
Within the soft embrace of clouds you’ll know that heaven is near
I drink with men whose father’s father’s came here long ago,
To build a life that’s different with no pretentiousness or show.
Why I’m here I’m not so sure I know the reason why,
But there’s something about Maleny – can’t avoid it if you try.
Within this magic hinterland, the places I’ve explored,
I’ve come to think I’m living in the bosom of the Lord.
I’ve travelled far and travelled wide, crossed every land and sea
But there’s one place in this great big world that I would rather be
No matter where I wander, no matter where I roam
The green hills of Maleny are calling me come home
Felicity Ann Urquhart (born 4 May 1976) is an Australian country music singer-songwriter. Her single "Big Black Cloud", co-written with Randy Scruggs, reached No. 1 on Country Tracks National Top 30 Singles Chart in 2007. She has won numerous awards including a Centenary Medal in 2001 "For service to Australian society through country music". Urquhart married musician and producer Glen Hannah in...
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