Slim Dusty - A Pub With No Beer Lyrics

Oh it's-a lonesome away from your kindred and all
By the campfire at night, we'll hear the wild dingoes call
But there's-a nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear
Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer

Now the publican's anxious for the quota to come
And there's a faraway look on the face of the bum
The maid's gone all cranky and the cook's acting queer
Oh, what a terrible place is a pub with no beer

Then the stockman rides up with his dry dusty throat
He breasts up to the bar and pulls a wad from his coat
But the smile on his face quickly turns to a sneer
As the barman says sadly, "The pub's got no beer"

Then the swaggie comes in, smothered in dust and flies
He throws down his roll and rubs the sweat from his eyes
But when he is told, he says, "What's this I hear?
I've trudged fifty flamin' miles to a pub with no beer"

Now there's a dog on the v'randa, for his master, he waits
But the boss is inside, drinking wine with his mates
He hurries for cover and he cringes in fear
It's no place for a dog 'round a pub with no beer

And old Billy the blacksmith, the first time in his life
Why he's gone home cold sober to his darling wife
He walks in the kitchen, she says, "You're early, Bill dear"
But then he breaks down and tells her the pub's got no beer

Oh, it's hard to believe that there's customers still
But the money's still tinkling in the old ancient till
The wine buffs are happy and I know they're sincere
When they say they don't care if the pub's got no beer

So it's-a lonesome away from your kindred and all
By the campfire at night, we'll hear the wild dingoes call
But there's-a nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear

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Slim Dusty A Pub With No Beer Comments
  1. Kiwi Trash

    RIP uncle ray my cowboy uncle's he jammed this shit dude

  2. Sarah Harvey

    I choice random songs and I have to say that was one of the best!

  3. Til Schraeder

    What a great song.

  4. canadian monarchist

    same in canada we gotta have our brew filled to the top

  5. Mac Mac

    I recall listening to and singing along with this song as a young fellow in the late ‘50’s ,early ‘60’s and, even after all those years, I can still remember most of the words. Time to re-introduce it at the next house party....(this for the two Brians on New Years on the Swamp Road)

  6. Glenn Turner

    My Granddad loved Slim Dusty!!! May they both rest in piece...

  7. Karen Penrod

    Australians are very sentimental, but hide that
    with an irreverant
    sense of humour...🐨

  8. Karen Penrod

    Must enjoy the poetry of
    Henry Lawson(1916)
    Complemented by the
    paintings of Pro Hart NSW.
    The Sliprails
    and the Spur "And he rides
    hard to dull the pain
    Who rides from one that
    loves him best...
    And he rides slowly
    back again,
    Whose restless heart
    must rove for rest."

  9. CheesyTV

    Any idea what year this is??

  10. Dirk Lorenzen

    Ok, thats a litte bit weird. But this this is the german (belgian) Version from 1960.

  11. Sun Guy

    348 alcoholics disliked this song

  12. gremlinuk1968

    love from northern ireland, portstewart !

  13. Captain Cook

    I love you Slim mate !!!

  14. Paul Schmidtke

    The greatest man God ever shoveled guts into

  15. Corby Campbell

    It's lonesome away, from your kindred and all
    By the campfire at night, where the wild dingoes call
    But there's nothing so lonesome, so morbid or drear
    Than to stand in a bar, of a pub with no beer
    Now the publicans anxious, for the quota to come
    There's a faraway look, on the face of the bum
    The maids gone all cranky , and the cooks acting queer
    What a terrible place, is a pub with no beer
    Then the stockman rides up, with his dry dusty throat
    He breasts up to the bar, pulls a wad from his coat
    But the smile on has face, quickly turns to a sneer
    When the barman said sadly, the pubs got no beer
    There's a dog on the v'randah, for his master he waits
    But the boss is inside, drinking wine with his mates
    He hurries for cover, and cringes with fear
    Its no place for a dog, round a pub with no beer
    Old Billy the blacksmith, first time in his life
    Has gone home cold sober, to his darling wife
    He walks in the kitchen, she says your early my dear
    But he breaks down and tells her, the pubs got no beer

    Carolle Enkelmann

    Following the Stockman, the Swaggie :
    The swaggie comes in smothered in dust and flies,

    He throws down his roll and rubs the sweat from his eyes,
    But when he is told he says "What's this I hear?
    I've trudged 50 flamin' miles to a pub with no beer!"

  16. That Ken Skirza

    this is brill.

  17. RocketPooch

    Singing about beer in front of kids... great example XD

    Erik Oldach

    you dońt understand the song.... its just pure Australia... my second home


    @Erik Oldach I'm joking ahaha, I'm actually Australian myself :D I was born in Australia, and so were both my parents!! So I'm extremely Australian if that makes any sense lmao

  18. antoon meert

    A giant among the giants. This song performed by Bobbejaan Schoepen in Flemish (Dutch) language became a great hit in Flanders and Holland.

  19. Jack Shennan

    I've used this to tell of managers for taking away milo, coffee and tea supplies (and/or fail to maintain them properly).

    You send them the link, because your hands are cut and dirty, your shoulders are tired, and your legs are slightly jelly from lifting, bending, kneeling on concrete floors, your mind is jumbled with circuits, with data logic loops, with the feeling of the rubber and steel vibrating beneath your hand, as your exquisitely tuned senses (the epitome of human capacity to achieve such relationships with our tools) desire for only 15 minutes, a cup of coffee and a seat... only to find out that the break rooms got no beverages.

    You send them this song in an email.

    I feel it has just the right touch of Aussie in it. Hey mate, pubs without beers are nothing any Aussie wants, fix it.

    Carolle Enkelmann

    Reminds me of that song about the whole in the bucket, " dear Liza, dear Liza,"..well fix it!

  20. Frederick Pledge

    my dad used to sing this song to me when I was a kid. It wasn't until I came to Australia that I realised that this song was by Slim Dusty as I thought it was a song made up by my dad.

    Carolle Enkelmann

    was he Australian?

  21. QUEENSLAND salt

    Rip slim we miss you mate Australia is at a loss with out you

  22. Nicholas Ward

    love slim dusty, but on this occasion Gordon parsons nails it & a better  singing voice.

  23. Margaret Drew

    This song always makes me laugh . Imagine the poor punters traveling all that way and finding no beer poor buggers

  24. antoon meert

    Belgians have the best and strongest beers !

  25. Russell Owen

    u caant do dat to a fulla on the edge of a desert. no way

  26. Kobe Gatton

    Rest In Peace you Aussie legend slim everyone will miss you ❤️

  27. jwilkcom

    It's so so lome my Dear

  28. Levi Thompson


  29. john wilkinson

    Oh It is bill My diddilly

  30. Mark Welch

    A new fan here. I'm pulling out the old 6 string and learning this one! We never were exposed to Slim here in the states and that is a shame.

  31. lise still here

    where's this pub now?

  32. Rex Mobilgas

    No BEER ?

  33. John Flanagan

    Still got the original 45 rpm. :)

  34. hAdam Chirgwin

    Slim dusty is the best in this music and pub with no beer is the very song i a very big fan ok

  35. exxumma

    great music !!

  36. but ton

    A club with no gear

  37. Davo O'Cass

    one of the best nights i ever had was at the Pub this song is based on, good times

  38. Khaphung Kashung

    Pub with no beer,,,,
    we will always remember you. Rest in peace Slim Dusty.

  39. Robbo 5 Life

    This song has me yearning for a Carlton Draught

  40. cameraman655

    Howdy, sendin Y'all a lotta love from Texas!

  41. jozeph miles

    Slim and my Pop were drinking buddies growing up

  42. Vlad Martz - The Vladfather

    What about us recovered alcoholics? Is there a pub that serves non-alcoholic water?

    Carolle Enkelmann

    The Pub with no beer is ideal for you then!

  43. Reuben Betts

    im from the ooutback and to scare of coyotes i play this at night and it also means i get to wake up to this lovely song it really makes me very happy my pet kangaroo agrees dont you busta thank you slim for making my day

    Reuben Betts

    hi busta the kangaroo here i gotta agree reuben

    Reuben Betts

    thanks busta

  44. Gary Bridger

    What Hummingbird is that too?

    Carolle Enkelmann

    I don't think Australia has hummingbirds? I've never seen one.

  45. Gary Bridger

    I have always played D A &E can with G But what chords are they using ?????

  46. Bald Bearded Bloke

    RIP Slim Dusty.

  47. Scandi

    My dad one day, he was doin something or other, and the pub he knew had burned down, so... the beer with no pub ay

  48. Madame Lestat

    Sadly, these iconic symbols of what it means to be an Aussie are being killed off. There will never be another Slim Dusty,. RIP Slim😥

  49. John Peterson

    Check out the song Just me and My Beer on You Tube. Funny and creative song.

  50. David Brown

    This real country mate

  51. David Geapin

    Like heaven without harps

  52. Julie Pryor

    What a legend R.I.P the the greatest aussie singer the old mate of australia was and still is a true blue aussie

  53. suntzuwarsword1964

    australian legend

  54. QUEENSLAND bushnut

    Rip slim dusty Australia is a sadder place with out you

  55. gremlinuk1968

    am, from, northern Ireland , small town , portstewart  , on north coast ! / have heard of slim from  back in the 80s,!!

  56. Muzza Benson

    pub with no beer.
    taylors arm west of macksville NSW.
    sorry Qld but slim was from over the hill . south .
    he's mate goren Parsons wrote the song.

  57. Shay James

    Was my old man's w model that hit the creek at the start of film clip he was driving it

  58. mark lodge

    I've never heard any slim dusty stuff, I LOVE IT

    Carolle Enkelmann

    you must be very young!

  59. Tony Nieboer

    I still listen to good ol Slim, and love his music, never forget his music !!!

  60. Roy Hogue

    When I discovered Slim Dusty I realized he was the genuine article, a country music fan's country singer. I started looking for more of his music and I soon ran across the video of the state funeral the government of Australia threw for Slim. My jaw dropped open when I saw that. A state funeral is not something they throw away. I had been told by a contact in Oz that he was considered the father of country music in Australia. But he was really much more than that. We have many famous artists here in the states but I wouldn't throw a state funeral for any of them, not even Hank Williams, a man who just about defines country music to me.

    Slim Dusty is national treasure and certainly a man who is iconic of Australia and its people. Enjoy him and his music. I can't think of anyone like Slim Dusty anywhere else.

  61. Robert Jeffery

    Greatest singer/ songwriter that ever lived

  62. Rick dean

    Grew up with slim Dusty, A real Aussie legend, you'll be missed mate. 👍🏻👍🏻🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

    Josette Buttigieg

    Rick dean n’)

  63. Duncan Harvey

    The fella from culanula

  64. Paul aka. Moose

    Never had the pleasure. Will we continue the legacy? Australia is a nation based upon being a servant to the Queen Elizabeth II. "The". The Monarch never declared war on on the indigenous peoples. Please explain? Is Australia really a nation?

    Tonka Tonk

    Paul Elek how bout you just shut the fuck up and not use slim mcfucken dusties most awesome song for your retarded political statement that can just get fucked

    Tonka Tonk

    Paul Elek fair enough

  65. The Godfather

    Hi ya Jack, there is nothing I wouldn't do for Ned, and there nothing he wouldn't do for me, and that's how we go through life doing absolutely nothing for each other. Haha

  66. Matt Hays

    Song for fallout in Australia

  67. mick harvey

    Jafa SHIT

  68. bob coard

    My father has been gone over 50 years but he loved this song so much. Really great to find it here. I may stop singing in a month or so.

  69. gamergirl 5317

    AND THE PUB IN THE SONG DOES EXIST i forget where in australia it is but it is a real pub/bar

  70. AlienFirefox

    a lot of people hate country and love crap like pop and rap, country is good because it tells a story pop and rap is just usually terrible music and some idiot trying to yell a load of shit over the top of it

  71. gremlinuk1968

    have family down in oz, !

  72. zymelin21

    only a couple of diggers can do this song right!

  73. gremlinuk1968

    have family from australa ! sorry my spell,,!!

  74. Rik Newton

    God bless ya Slim and good on ya Gordon!

    Here’s to you both 🍺

  75. susan robertson

    classic ox

  76. BravoGrims

    My grandfather was one of his song writers and good friends it is true.

  77. michael brady

    at least there is steak and chips

  78. MrCutMeLoose

    Sounds like American Country music... Shocking Australia has no original music, food or culture

    g v

    MrCutMeLoose haha you sound a little jealous

  79. Shane Polsen

    I grow up listening to slim I’m now 40 an still love to hear his songs 👍🍺

  80. Jeremy K Melb

    if the pub did have only one beer on tap which one should it be?

  81. filthy muk drums

    Slim "you are a bloody Australian legend - love your music

  82. Amanda Schwartz

    RIP slim Dusty you'll never be forgotten. :,(

  83. helen brown

    iam from England n have vistied a lot of pubs that have no beer -- but got a lot of cider

  84. Highway Junkie

    I would love to have that Mack that pulls in

  85. wayne delaporte

    thanks for giving us a dance slim....

  86. Rory Algate

    Loveya in piece mate....😢

    Y anyone thumbs down this really annoys me....a true aussie legend who only did good and played and sung great music....

  87. fredrick gachanja

    hehehehe what a hillarious verse from this song!!! And old Billy the blacksmith, the first time in his life
    Why he's gone home cold sober to his darling wife
    He walks in the kitchen, she says, "You're early, Bill dear"
    But then he breaks down and tells her the pub's got no beer

    Adrian Pietkiewicz

    fredrick gachanja I immediately thought of Homer Simpson

  88. BluntAustralian

    Slim Dusty was as Aussie as it gets.

    Come at me multicuturalism

  89. fred jones

    the cook is a queer

  90. Michelle Gillam

    Good Australian Somg

  91. jyoungtricks

    Does anyone know where this was filmed?

  92. Jacob Bond

    Was this filmed in Kings Canyon? Has that kinda light about it....

  93. Michelle Gillam

    Great Somg

  94. Ciaran Bernard

    Great great song. 'Ronnie Drew and The Dubliners' do a great version of it.

  95. fredrick gachanja

    i listened to Lee Kernaghans song flying with the king thats dedicated to this man and i couldnt help to check him out. Great music lives forever