Lights on the Hill

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Lights on the Hill is an Australian country music hit song written by Joy McKean and made famous by Slim Dusty and which won the first Golden Guitar Award in 1973. It has been covered by such artists as Keith Urban and Mental as Anything.

About the song[edit]

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[edit]

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 1973, and Slim Dusty's rendition won the award for Best EP or Single.[1][2]

The Lights on the Hill Truck and Coach Drivers' Memorial[edit]

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 the late 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.

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