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Kelly's Offsider

This song is by Slim Dusty and appears on the album Give Me the Road (1996).

Well they told me tonight that Kelly's offsider just died
I put my head in my hands
And I just couldn't help but I cried
And there's no use you telling me now
That's the way of all life
We're kind of different with Kelly
Cause the offsider was his wife
It was just a nickname the truckies all knew her by
We'd all give her a wave
And a blast of the horn as we'd fly
And if Kelly pulled over
And stopped by the road for a spell
Kelly's grin and the offsider's smile
Made us pull in as well
Well the off-sider rode all of the highways
There were to ride
Nowhere in the world was she happy but by Kelly's side
An after a while we all said
That she brought us good luck
But to them the whole world
Was the cabin of a roaring truck
So it's hard to take in that Kelly's offsider just died
But Kelly's gonna take his offsider for one last ride
With a casket of ashes an a semi that's rolling slow
Kelly's heading for a place on the highway
The truckies all know
And he'll be leaving her where the tall trees bend an sigh
Where she won't be lonely
'Cause she'll hear the big wheels rolling by
And the sound of the horns from the trucks
Passing day and night
Kelly's offsider will be riding with him till he died
Well they told me tonight that Kelly's offsider just died
I put my head in my hands
And I just couldn't help but I cried
And it's no use you telling me now
That's the way of all life
Kind a different with Kelly
Cause the offsider was his wife
Oh kind a different with Kelly
Cause the offsider was his wife

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