Paul Kelly

November 18, 2019


As well as his best-known songs, the set includes a previously unreleased with Kasey Chambers.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Australia’s greatest and most enduring songwriter, Paul Kelly, will soon release Songs From the South 1985-2019: Paul Kelly’s Greatest Hits, a collection of songs spanning the depth and breadth of his illustrious career including his recent studio albums Life Is Fine and Nature. It will be available in a double-album vinyl format with 26 tracks, and expanded CD with 43 tracks.

The comprehensive set, due January 10 on Gawd Aggie/Cooking Vinyl, includes the finest Christmas song ever written about not being home for Christmas, “How To Make Gravy,” the popularity of which has made December 21st Gravy Day in Australia and wherever Paul has fans — a day the song is played in heavy rotation worldwide, and some people display cans of gravy on their doorsteps and windows. The collection also showcases some of Kelly’s most revered songs — “Before Too Long,” “Darling It Hurts,” ‘Leaps and Bounds,” “To Her Door,” “Dumb Things,” and “From Little Things Big Things Grow.”


These classics sit alongside recent gems such as “Firewood & Candles,” “Rising Moon,” the exhilarating rock song “With the One I Love,” and “Every Day My Mother’s Voice,” Kelly’s 2019 collaboration with Dan Sultan. The last, which shows his writing is as strong and sure now as it was in 1985, is nominated for Best Original Song Composed for the Screen (from The Final Quarter) at this year’s Screen Music Awards, taking place Nov 20. Songs From the South also includes a previously unreleased track, “When We’re Both Old & Mad,” featuring Kasey Chambers.  


The set comes on the heels of a truly unique new album released on August 30,Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds, whichfeatures Paul collaborating with the Seraphim Trio, composer James Ledger and singer-songwriter Alice Keath to interpret bird-inspired poems. This recording, which just earned Kelly a 2019 ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) award for Best Classical Album, combines electronics, acoustic instruments and the human voice in celebration of various winged creatures. Kelly is also nominated for three other ARIA awards this year in two other categories. And do not forget to visit our site to get phentermine online without a prescription. He’s the first artist to be nominated across three genres in the same year. With 58 nods, he’s now the most nominated artist in ARIA history, and if he wins all three awards he will become the fourth most decorated artist. This year’s awards show is on Nov 26.


Kelly is one of those rare musicians who spin a long career out of a hunger to explore new directions, from the raw and tender songcraft of Post to the hard-edged rock ’n’ roll of Gossip, to country, folk, and bluegrass (Smoke, Foggy Highway), to a dub reggae-funk record with Professor Ratbaggy, to a soul revue album with guest singers including his long-time backing singers Vika and Linda Bull (Paul Kelly Presents the Merri Soul Sessions). In 2014 there was Seven Sonnets & A Song, setting Shakespearean sonnets to music and released on the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, followed by an album with Charlie Owen of songs they had sung at funeralsDeath’s Dateless Night


His 2017 set Life Is Fine found Kelly at a new creative high. It became his first No. 1 album, the kind of affirmation rarely given to artists so far into their career. That year he won two ARIA Awards, for Best Male Artist and Best Adult Contemporary AlbumKelly showed the timeless quality of his work, the way it spans generations, with a powerful ARIA show performance of his ’80s song “Dumb Things,” accompanied by Dan Sultan and hip-hop duo AB Original.


He returned to the awards show in 2018, dedicating a poem to Kasey Chambers as he inducted her into the ARIA Hall of Fame (an honor Kelly received in 1997). His album of that same year, Naturedelivered Kelly a second ARIA No. 1 album, debuting at the top of the charts.


His Order of Australia in 2017 acknowledged distinguished service to the performing arts and the promotion of the national identity through his contributions as singer, songwriter and musician. 


In a career like Kelly’s, the craft, the resilience, the diligent attention to detail, the sheer passion for getting up in the morning and working on the next thing, are mostly unseen. But there always is a next thing, and that has created a legacy that chronicles not just the Australian experience but also the human experience. For that reason his work will live on, like that of other great Australian artists: the stories of Henry Lawson, the collected works of Slim Dusty, the poetry of Judith Wright

In 1997, Kelly released greatest hits set Songs From the SouthOn January 10, 2020Songs From the South 1985-2019 will bring the story to the present.



May 5, 2020




LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Paul Kelly’s new song, Sleep, Australia, Sleep,”is now available to download or stream on all the usual platforms worldwide. The official video, directed by Siân Darling, is out today, featuring images of the glory and ruin of the natural world as well as human efforts to protect it. Much of the footage was kindly provided by conservation organizations.  

Watch the video for “Sleep, Australia, Sleep” here: https://youtu.be/-hY1w_c7nO4

Listen to the track here:

Paul has said of the song, “It’s a lament in the form of a lullaby. A lullaby that sounds a warning. I hope it doesn’t come true but some of it already has.”

Kelly has a long history of protest songs, or songs that ring true to what’s happening in the world, particularly in Australia. On his first U.S. release, Gossip (A&M 1986), the song “Maralinga (Rainy Land)” tells of how nuclear tests scarred the land and the people who depended upon it. His 1991 album Comedyincludes “From Little Things Big Things Grow,” about the Gurindji Strike, ACTIVIST Vincent Lingiari, and the indigenous struggle for land rights. Kelly co-wrote “Treaty,” released in ’91 by Yothu Yindi, the first song by a predominantly Aboriginal band to chart and gain extensive international recognition. It highlighted the lack of progress on the treaty between Indigenous Australians and the government. In 1992, “Special Treatment,” on Kelly’s album Hidden Things,spoke to racism and inequality. His 1998 release Words & Musicincluded “Little Kings,” a song about the way Aboriginals are poorly treated in the name of European “progress.” “Emotional” and “This Land Is Mine” were tunes he wrote to make a political point. Now, “Sleep, Australia, Sleep” joins a list of politically engaged songs penned and performed by Kelly. 

 “Sleep, Australia, Sleep” was recorded December 11, 2019, at Union St. Studio, West Brunswick, by Roger Bergodaz and mixed by John Castle.

The players:
Paul Kelly – Vocal, acoustic guitar and celeste melody
Alice Keath – Vocal, autoharp and celeste chords
Sime Nugent – Vocal and acoustic guitar 

Organizations that provided footage for the video:
Original Power

Aussie Ark

World Wildlife Fund Australia

Australian Conservation Foundation

Great Barrier Reef Legacy

Zoos Victoria

350 Pacific


Sleep, Australia, sleep

The night is on the creep

Shut out the noise all around

Sleep, Australia, sleep

And dream of counting sheep

Jumping in fields coloured brown


Who’ll rock the cradle and cry?

Who’ll rock the cradle and cry?

Sleep, Australia, sleep

As off the cliff the kingdoms leap

Count them as they say goodbye


Count down the little things

The insects and birds

Count down the bigger things

The flocks and the herds

Count down our rivers

Our pastures and trees

But there’s no need to hurry

Oh, sleep now, don’t worry

‘Coz it’s only a matter of degrees


Fog, Australia, fog

Just like the boiling frog

As we go we won’t feel a thing


Who’ll rock the cradle and cry?

Who’ll rock the cradle and cry?

Sleep, my country, sleep

As off the cliff the kingdoms leap

Count them as they pass on by


Our children might know them

But their children will not

We won’t know ‘til it’s gone

All the glory we’ve got

But there are more wonders coming

All new kinds of shows

With acid seas rising

To kiss coastal mountains

Big cyclones pounding

And firestorms devouring

And we’ll lose track of counting

As the corpses keep mounting

But hey, that’s just the way this old world goes


Sleep, my country, sleep

As we sow so shall we reap

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