They called him Camel Boy
But he was a man
He walked behind us... With a billy
He tended the campfire... And he made the tea
Drowned in the colours... We didn't see

And the ghost gums stand... Gleaming white
Showed him a paint brush... He showed us the light
I apologise... For the condescension
Paid no attention to the pain of the Camel Boy

It's Namatjira... He became the one
We remember... All alone
Under a huge sky... With a gentle hand
Painted the pictures... Of an ancient land

What fools we were... What did we mean
Dressed in white... To meet the queen
Take down her picture... Hang up a ghost gum
Put up a landscape... By the Camel Boy

'Cause her majesty... Was in his eye
The 'sleeping lubra', the Aranda sky
I apologise... For the condescension
Paid no attention to the pain of the Camel Boy

And the ghost gums stand... Gleaming white
Showed him a paint brush... He showed us the light
Drowned in the colours... We didn't see
What a man was he... Albert the Camel Boy
Albert the Camel Boy
Namatjira the Camel Boy
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The Camel Boy Lyrics

John Williamson – The Camel Boy Lyrics