Hunters and Collectors – Little Chalkie

Original Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Studio 3:26 The Jaws Of Life album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Studio 3:26 Australian sampler The Jaws Of Life EP. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Studio 3:28 Anthology album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Live [1] 3:30 The Way To Go Out album and video. Extremely common. Available new in CD, DVD and digital form.
Live [1] 3:30 Australian Collected Works video. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Live [2] 4:32 Living in Large Rooms and Lounges album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live [2] 4:30 2 CD versions of Natural Selection album. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Live [3] 4:41 Live 2014 box set – Enmore 2 album. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live [4] 4:19 Live 2014 box set – Palais 2 album. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live [5] 5:07 16 Sep 1983, Red Parrot, Perth, Australia Cassette The Vault digital download at True Believers, 29 July 2012.

Recommended Version(s).

 

Commentary

Comments from the “Natural Selection” liner notes (by Mark Seymour):

Death, again. Road kill. Evidence that the traveller is at the frontier of civilisation. Here there be dragons… and the carcasses of kangaroo on the great western highway.

 

Lyrics

Here comes a ringing testimonial
Here comes the saddest song you’ve ever heard
From somewhere else, somewhere good
In a warehouse painted red

Around my house, around my table
And I will testify, testify when I’m able

Everybody in this town is sleeping
Little Chalkie’s gone out west to score
Passing by the metho’s gate she dropped something
‘Cos our town doesn’t stand there anymore

And my town, it is a teacher
All trucks and beers and memories spread out on the road
And my town is a leader of children
To where caution is a long wide load
Long wide load

You love me good, you work me hard
Three letters and a smile on a little white card
Oh yay, oh yay, oh there you lay
Lying in the road on Debt Collectors day