Lights On the Hill (song)
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Lights On the Hill Song

"Lights on the Hill" is an Australian country music hit song written by Joy McKean and made famous by her husband, Slim Dusty. It won the first Golden Guitar in January 1973 at the Country Music Awards of Australia, held in Tamworth. It has been covered by Keith Urban and Mental as Anything.

About the song

The song has a strong narrative set to verses and chorus and tells the story of a trucker carrying a heavy load down a mountainside in the rain. With the lights on the hill "blinding" him, the trucker fears for his life.

First Golden Guitar Award

The song won for Joy McKean the first ever Golden Guitar Award for "Song of the Year" at the first Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 1973,[1] and Slim Dusty's rendition won the award for Best EP or Single.[2][3]

The Lights on the Hill Truck and Coach Drivers' Memorial

A memorial which bears the name of the song was erected in Gatton, Queensland, in remembrance of truck and coach drivers and other members of the transport industry who have lost their lives in accidents or in other ways. It is located at Lake Apex Park on the outskirts of the town. Before Slim Dusty died, he and his wife Joy McKean agreed to the use of the name, Lights on the Hill, and to be patrons of the memorial.

See also


  1. ^ Curtain, Carl (14 January 2010). "Country song-writer Joy McKean turns 80". ABC Rural. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 2018.
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  3. ^ "Slim Dusty Bio - Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-24. Retrieved .

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