Jim Low - singer/songwriter

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARBOUR BRIDGE

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LYRICS:

Seventy five years you have battled through
All around you, a changing view
And you’ve watched the Sydney skyline rise
You’ve breathed the air of polluted skies
Oh, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday, Harbour Bridge.

Dr Bradfield worked on your plans
Predicting the stresses that you’d withstand
And six million rivets went into your making
To keep you solid and stop you shaking
Oh, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday, Harbour Bridge.

In 1932 you were born
As Premier Lang looked on in scorn
A Captain de Groot on a horse rode by
And slashed the ribbon in the wink of an eye
Oh, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday, Harbour Bridge.

And you’ve carried the rich, you’ve carried the poor
The trams, the trains and a whole lot more
Like a giant coat hanger in the sky
Looking down as the ships go by
Oh, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday, Harbour Bridge.

For today’s traffic problems, it’s you they blame
But the problems were greater before you came
For people are very quick to forget
Without a bridge, we’d all get wet
Oh, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday, Harbour Bridge.

Jim Low - © 1982

Podcast: Sydney Harbour Bridge