En 1963, Pete Seeger accomplit une grande tournée autour du monde, au cours de laquelle il donne à Melbourne un concert mémorable, qui a été enregistré. Plusieurs chansons tirées de ce concert figurent sur ce site.

Ici, avec une chanson apprise des Sons Of The Pioneers, Way Out There, une chanson sur le vagabondage ferroviaire d’un hobo, il essaye d’initier son public au yodel, cette façon typique de la musique des Appalaches, peut-être d’origine tyrolienne, de scander une chanson entre ses couplets, et dont Jimmie Rodgers était un spécialiste.

WAY OUT THERE

A lonely spot I know where no man will go
Where the shadows have all the room
I was riding free on the old S.P.
Humming a southern tune,
When a man came along, made me hush my song,
kicked me off away out there,

(Yodel)

Well I set down my load in the desert road, rested my weary legs,
As I watched the setting sun make the tall shadows run
Out across the barren plains.
Then I hummed a tune to the rising moon;
she gets lonesome way out there,

(Yodel)

Well I closed my eyes to the starlit skies, lost myself in dreams.
And I dreamed the desert sand was a milk and honey land
And then I awoke with a start.
There was a train coming back on the one way track,
gonna carry me away from here,

(Yodel)

As she passed me by I caught her on the fly, climbed in an open door.
I looked around and saw the desert ground, to the spot I would see no more,
As I was riding away I heard that pale moon say,
« So long, pal, it sure gets lonesome here. »

(Yodel)