Give Me a Home Among the Gumtrees Lyrics Australian Song
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Give Me a Home Among the Gumtrees Lyrics

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Give Me a Home Among the Gumtrees

Languages: English, French
Ressource Type: song, nursery rhyme
Authors : Wally Johnson et Bob Brown
Theme: Australia
Age-range: 7 – 12 years

Give Me a Home Among the Gumtrees” or just “Home Among the Gumtrees” is a classic Australian song which can be just read or sung! The song was written in 1974 by Wally Johnson and Bob Brown and was first recorded in 1975 on the Captain Rock album Buried Treasure. The song was later recorded by popular Australian country music singer John Williamson, increasing its popularity. “Give Me a Home Among the Gumtrees” has become one of the most frequently recorded Australian compositions of all time.


English Lyrics:

Give Me a Home Among the Gumtrees


I’ve been around the world
A couple of times, or maybe more,
I’ve seen the sites, I’ve had delights
On every foreign shore.
But when my friends all ask me ‘bout
The place that I adore,
I tell them right away.

Give me a home among the gum trees,
With lots of plum trees,
A sheep or two, a kangaroo.
A clothes line out the back,
Verandah out the front
And an old rocking chair.

I’ll be standing in the kitchen
Cooking up a roast,
With Vegemite on toast,
Just you and me, a cup of tea.
And later on we’ll settle down
beside the hitching post
And watch the possums play.

There’s a Safeway on the corner
And a Woolworths down the street,
And a new one’s just been opened up
Where they regulate the heat.
But I’d trade them all tomorrow
For a simple bush retreat
Where the kookaburras sing.

Some people like their houses built
With fences all around,
Others live in mansions,
And some beneath the ground,
But me I love the bush you know,
With lizards running ‘round
And a pumpkin vine out the back.

Words and Music by By Bob Brown and Wally Johnson

French translation:

Donnez-moi une maison parmi les gommiers

J’ai fait le tour du monde
Deux fois, ou peut-être plus,
J’ai vu les panoramas, j’ai eu des délices
Sur chaque rive étrangère.
Mais quand mes amis me demandent tous
L’endroit que j’adore,
Je leur dis tout de suite.

Refrain :
Donnez-moi une maison parmi les gommiers,
Avec beaucoup de pruniers,
Un mouton ou deux, un kangourou.
Une corde à linge à l’arrière,
Une véranda devant
Et un vieux rocking-chair.

Je serai debout dans la cuisine
À faire cuire un rôti,
Tartinant de la Vegemite,
Juste toi et moi, une tasse de thé.
Et plus tard, nous nous installerons
À côté du poteau d’attelage
Et regarderons jouer les opossums.

Il y a un Safeway au coin
Et un Woolworths dans la rue,
Et un nouveau vient d’ouvrir
Où l’air est climatisé.
Mais je les échangerais tous demain
Pour une simple retraite dans le bush
Où les kookaburras chantent.

Certains aiment leurs maisons construites
Avec des clôtures tout autour,
D’autres vivent dans des demeures,
Et d’autres sous la terre,
Mais moi j’aime le bush voyez-vous,
Avec des lézards qui courent partout
Et une plante de citrouille à l’arrière.


Culture and Vocabulary:

  • A gum tree is a tree that exudes gum, especially a eucalyptus.
  • A rocking-chair is a chair mounted on rockers or springs, which can rock back and forth.
  • Vegemite is a type of savoury spread made from concentrated yeast extract.
  • The bush is a wild or uncultivated country.
  • The kookaburras is a very large Australasian kingfisher that feeds on terrestrial prey such as reptiles and birds.
  • Woolworths (colloquially “Woolies”) is an Australian chain of supermarkets and grocery stores founded in 1924.
  • Safeway was a chain of supermarkets in Australia from 1963 to 2017. The supermarkets were initially part of Safeway Inc. but were absorbed by Woolworths Group in 1985.


  • Present perfect: I’ve been, I’ve seen, I’ve had.
  • Present simple: ask, adore, tell, give, play, there’s, they regulate, like, live, love, know.
  • Personal pronouns: I, my, me, them, you, we, they, their.
  • Prepositions of place: around the world, among the gum trees, out the back, out the front, in the kitchen, down the street, beside the hitching post, on the corner, all around, in mansions, beneath the ground, running ‘round.

Home Among the Gumtrees by John Williamson from the album JW's Family Album


Home Among the Gumtrees Traditional Australian Music by Snake Gully


  • Pronunciation of: gum tree /ɡʌmtɹiː/, kangaroo /ˌkaŋɡəˈruː/, Vegemite /ˈvɛdʒɪmʌɪt/, possum /ˈpɒsəm/, kookaburra /ˈkʊkəˌbʌɹə/.
  • Rhyming words.

Teaching suggestions:

  • Discover another rhyme from Australia “Kookaburra“.
  • Discover other Australian animals.


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