Country Girl From Gippsland - Jan Dandridge
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Jan Dandridge is a born and bred Drouin girl. Her Mum still lives in Drouin. She started singing at a young age, at the Presbyterian Church in Drouin and the BP Revue in Warragul.

After a very long break from singing (when she was square dance calling) she has come back to singing, mainly Country, since 2004. She regularly performs at various venues and festivals as a solo artist, a duo, trio and with her band Little Miss Country and Band.

In this song Jan wanted to tell the story of the wonderful town where she grew up remembering the many people and groups who had a big impact on her life. Jan moved to Melbourne for work but loves to come back home to “her pretty Drouin town”.

The song “Country Girl From Gippsland” won a place on the “Australian Songwriters In Tamworth Album 2o1o” and her song “Follow Your Dreams” won a place on the City of Casey’s, “Casey Untitled 2” CD.

 

Jan was thrilled to be asked for her song to be used as the theme song for ‘The Stories of Drouin’.

Country Girl from Gippsland
Performed and Written by Jan Dandridge August 2004
Used with permission

Verse 1:

Well the farmers milked their dairy cows

And sent their milk each day

To the Drouin Butter Factory

When the tankers went their way

Drouin butter’s better butter

That’s what we used to sing

Then the factory closed, people lost their jobs

Some families were suffering

 

Verse2:

Well the guide and scouting movements

Provided lots of fun for kids

There was camping, cooking, knots and hikes

There was so much that we did.

If on the stage you wanted to be

These movements were for you

When we performed each year for crowds

In our BP revue

 

Chorus

I’m a country girl from Gippsland

I grew up in Drouin town

With farmers and great neighbours

Where friends don’t let you down

Where the kids rode bikes and horses

Felt the grass beneath their feet

Built cubby huts in tree tops

And kicked footies in the streets

 

Verse 3:

At the Pressie church lots of the kids

They spent their time like me

With Sunday School and Campus life

And then there was YFC

We’d all hang out together

It kept us off the street

With our Holdens and our Valiants

Our friendships were quite neat

Verse 4:

Our meat came from Ted the butcher

From Ian we bought veg and fruit

Then Geoff he was our chemist

And our vet Chris was beaut

We saw Max when we bought our clothes

And Tommy he fixed our shoes

The Hardware store had everything

And Dr Chris had all the cures

 

Chorus

I’m a country girl from Gippsland

I grew up in Drouin town

With farmers and great neighbours

Where friends don’t let you down

Where kids rode bikes and horses

Felt the grass beneath their feet

Built cubby huts in tree tops

And kicked footies in the streets

 

Verse 5:

Even a town like Drouin

It has its claim to fame

First there is our famous boxer

Lionel Rose is his name

Our footy boys made their name next

When joining the AFL

There’s Ayresy and the Abletts

Who played their footy well

 

Verse 6:

I was a country girl from Gippsland

But to the city went

Was transferred with work

Not once but twice

Cause that’s where I was sent

I’m now settled with my children

Hampton Park’s where I can be found

But that’s not bad cause that’s not far

From my pretty Drouin town.

 

Chorus

I’m a country girl from Gippsland

I grew up in Drouin town

With farmers and great neighbours

Where friends don’t let you down

Where kids rode bikes and horses

Felt the grass beneath their feet

Built cubby huts in tree tops

And kicked footies in the streets

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