from A Song of Rain by C.J. Denis


Patter, patter … Boolcoomatta,

Adelaide and Oodnadatta,

Pepegoona, parched and dry,

Laugh beneath a dripping sky.

Riverina’s thirsting plain

Knows the benison of rain.

Ararat and Arkaroola

Render thanks with Tantanoola

For the blessings they are gaining,

And it’s raining—raining—raining!


Rolls the thunder at Eudunda;

Leongatha, Boort, Kapunda

Send a joyous message down;

Sorrows, flooded, sink and drown.

Ninkerloo and Neerim South

Hail the breaking of the drought;

From Toolangi’s wooded mountains

Sounds the song of splashing fountain

Sovereign summer’s might is waning;

And it’s raining—raining—raining!


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