“Sixteen Thousand Miles from Home”


"Oh, I'm sixteen thousand miles from home... To think that I should humble down To come out here stone-breaking." The new immigrant is met by a local contractor, who flatters him and tricks him into a menial job. (The singer prefers to join the army)


  1. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 67, 131-132, "Sixteen Thousand Miles from Home" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 72-73, "Sixteen Thousand Miles from Home" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Manifold-PASB, pp. 32-33, "Sixteen Thousand Miles from Home" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Meredith/Covell/Brown, p. 195, "Sixteen Thousand Miles" (1 tune)
  5. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 122-124, "I'm Sixteen Thousand Miles from Home" (1 text)
  6. BI, MA067


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1955
Keywords: emigration work
Found in: Australia