18: Bonnie, Please Don’t Go – Kevin Johnson

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Entered Top 40s: 4 February 1971
Entry Point: 40
Highest Chart: 2
Weeks In: 22
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I think that one measure of how a good a song is, is whether it paints a picture for you – either in the lyrics or arrangement or both. In this song, I think we’d say both!

Cleverly, intertwined with the traditional farewell song Auld Lang Syne, Johnson creates a picture of actually being at the wharf watching this poor bloke saying goodbye to his wife as she sails off into the proverbial.

With Colonel Billy’s Farewell Band playing in the background, we can just imagine what he’s going through – a great song by one of Australia’s most underrated songwriters and performers.