THE OLD MAN SHUFFLE
2 Oh his legs don't work so well, no his legs don't work so well, Oh his legs don't work so well, they're in retirement now.
BRIDGE: But his love is strong,
it's as strong as yours and mine,
and maybe some more, and maybe some more, I think so.
3 O he's come to see her smile, and he's come to make her smile, o he's come to see Elsie smile before she smiles no more.
Robin Mann © 1981. In the last year of her life, Mum got very sick and had to go to hospital. She’d had twelve children, worked hard all her life, and various parts of her body said they’d had enough. She was treated in the Queen Elisabeth Hospital in Adelaide, and various members of the family transported Dad back and forth from Murray Bridge to see her. Dad’s legs had just about had it, and his slow walk combined with the tenderness between Mum & Dad led to this song. They exchanged sweet nothings in German (the first language of these 4th & 5th generation Australians). I never sang the song to either of them. Mum died in October of that year, Dad the following April.
Last Monday, November 19, I got back home after a 4 week trip, mostly in Queensland.Only possible because of
He's been my driver for the past 7½ years, for trips to Victoria, ACT, NSW and Queensland. He likes to label himself as 'Ray the Roadie', but he's a lot more than that. For the churches & schools I've sung at, we both set up the sound gear - the amps, guitars et al. He then retires to a back seat, while I sing & play. Afterwards, at schools, we take the gear down together. But at churches, he looks after the gear, while I talk with people & sell CDs & books. We get to stay with people most places , & we both love meeting people, enjoying their terrific hospitality.
This trip was his swan-song. I know he's enjoyed the driving & meeting people, but I still don't know how to say thank you. In his modest, self deprecating way, he'd reject the label of 'Servant of Christ', but he's been that for me, & together we've been able to serve people in many places.