This was the first song in the project and was included on the 'Live at the Rest Hotel' Album in 1988. It tells the story of a hitchhiker whose life had come completely to pieces in forty eight hours. I can't say he was all that admirable a character, and his troubles were mostly of his own making, but he had something about him of the will to survive, that has so characterised pioneer Australians since the first. Confronted with a land as harsh and unforgiving as ours was, the developing national character revered resilience much more than success. Being a 'Battler' means never giving up no matter now hopeless your situation seems and although, sometimes, it can exhibit itself as a fatalism of sorts, it's one of the great Australian characteristics, and one of which we are justifiably proud.