From the song "I Am Australian" by the Australian pop group The Seekers.

I came upon the prison ship
Bowed down by iron chains
I fought the land
Endured the lash
And waited for the rains
I'm a settler
I'm a farmer's wife
On a dry and barren run
A convict then a free man
I became Australian

What kind of run are they talking about?

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Run here is probably a "sheep run"; the online Oxford Dictionaries gives the definition

(Especially in Australia) an extensive tract of land on which sheep are pastured.

A 'dry and barren run' would be a farm where survival would be very difficult.


Pop music often takes liberties with use of language. I believe what they really meant was, "On a run through a dry and barren place." However, like many songs, there is room for other interpretations as well.

  • I think it means run as in landscape kind of run Aug 30, 2016 at 17:47

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