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Rank this week: 72 (↑15)
Duration: 3:45 
Release Date: 1961  () 
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Produced By: George Martin (Tim P. Ryan) 
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  • A top 40 hit in America in 1962 (CapSuper)
  • The artist is actually British, not Australian. (CapSuper)
  • Song Lyrics:
    (low chanting)
    In the bad back lands of Australia many years ago
    The Aborigine tribes were meeting, having a big pow-wow
    (chanting)
    (low voice): We've got a lot of trouble, Chief, on account of your son, Mac!
    (midrange voice): My boy Mac, why? What's wrong with him?
    (high-pitched voice, young prince): My boomerang won't come back!
    (low voices): Your boomerang won't come back?!
    (prince): My boomerang won't come back
    My boomerang won't come back
    I've waved the thing all over the place
    Practiced till I was black in the face
    I'm a big disgrace t' the Aborigine race
    My boomerang won't come back

    I can ride a kangaroo (yeah yeah)
    Make kinkajou stew (yea yeah)
    But I'm a big disgrace t' the Aborigine race
    My boomerang won't come back

    They banished him from the tribes' lair and sent him on his way
    He had a backless boomerang, so here he could not stay
    (shrieks of animals)
    (prince, spoken): This is nice, innit? Getting banished at my time in life. What a way to spend an evening. Sittin' on a rock in the middle of the desert with me boomerang in me hand. I should very likely get bushwhacked. (animal shriek) (prince): Get out of here, nasty bushwhackin' animal! Think I'll make a nice cup of tea.
    (boing boing boing)
    (prince): Good gracious! There goes a kangaroo! I must have practice with me boomerang.
    Hit 'em right behind the left elbow, then slowly back...
    (kangaroo, sounds like Popeye): If you throw that thing at me, I'll jump right on your head! (laughs)
    (prince): Ain't it marvelous! In a land full of kangaroos I had to get that one!

    (Singing) For three long months he sat there, or maybe it was four
    Then an old, old man in a kangaroo skin came a-knockin' at his door
    (old man, spoken): I'm the local witch doctor, son. They call me Joe Joseph Black.
    Now tell me, what's your trouble, boy?
    (prince): My boomerang won't come back!
    (old man): Your boomerang won't come back?!

    (prince, sings): My boomerang won't come back, My boomerang won't come back.
    I've waved the thing all over the place. Practiced till I was black in the face.
    I'm a big disgrace t' the Aborigine race. My boomerang won't come back

    (old man, spoken): Don't worry, boy, I know the trick and to you I'm gonna show it - If you want your boomerang to come back, well, first you've got to throw it!
    (prince, spoken): Oh yes, never thought of that. Daddy will be pleased. Must have a go...
    (old man, spoken): Excuse me. Now then, slowly back ...and throw!
    (sound of boomerang flying, then the sound of a small aircraft in flight and then crashing)

    (prince): Oh my God! I've hit the Flying Doctor! He-he-he-he! Can you do first aid?
    (old man): Don't talk to me about first aid, boy; you owe me 14 chickens for teaching you to throw the boomerang; first things first.
    (prince): Yes, I know that, but I mean, I think, on this occasion, you know
    (...& fade)
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    pdx-dj1   Offline  -  Participant  -  11-25-07 06:22 PM  -  11 years ago
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    Song hit # 21 on the Billboard Top 40 2/17/62 and spent a total of 6 weeks in the Top 40. Original pressings included the line "Black in the face." Later version said "Blue in the face." Released as a single in 1961 b/w "She's My Girl." Although Mr. Drake is actually British, this release hit # 1 in Australia 12/9/61 and stayed there for four weeks. Those wacky Aussies!
    Souces: The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, Joel Whitburn 2000 Edition, Wikipedia:Charlie Drake & www.menziesera.com
      Online  -   -  06-01-07 01:48 PM  -  11 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    My dad used to have like a mix tape with all these kinds of songs on and this was on it. lol good times!!
      Offline  -   -  04-19-05 04:07 AM  -  13 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    It took me a long time to know what a "Flying Doctor" was. Later, I discovered it was a physician that traversed the Outback in a small airplane. So now you know.
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