TRUE CRITIC: Bob Ellis at the Bellevue Hotel in Paddington to launch his new book
TRUE CRITIC: Bob Ellis at the Bellevue Hotel in Paddington to launch his new book "Goodbye Babylon". Prolific Australian writer Bob Ellis has died at the age of 73 after a battle with liver cancer. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) MICK TSIKAS

This Bob Ellis song too loud for Ellis at The Gollan

BOB Ellis, may be the 'man of a million words', but his threshold for loud country-rock dedications, sung in his honour, was low.

Frontman of country rock outfit The Re-mains, Mick Daley recalls the time he solicited Bob Ellis' trademark scorn at The Gollan Hotel in Lismore with this song 'Thank You Mr Ellis'.

The former Lismore-based musician and journalist said, "I've always loved Bob's hearty scorn for Tories and thought I'd give him a little musical laurel wreath. I got to play it to him once, at a Re-mains gig at the Gollan. Afterwards I asked him what he thought and he said, 'Digger, I liked the song, but it was a bit bloody loud for an old fella like me'."

It was circa 2005, and Bob Ellis was touring The Star Court Theatre in Lismore as part of the The Byron Bay Writers Festival.

When Ellis opened the gallery up for questions, Daley didn't miss his opportunity.

"I sung out, "Hey Bob, my band's playing around the corner and I've got a song I wrote about ya. Come around and listen and let me buy you a beer.' And he did."

"I've got all his books," Mr Daley said.

" I love his withering hatred for Howard, Abbot and all that maggoty ilk," he said.

ONE of Australia's most celebrated writers, Robert James "Bob" Ellis, a former Lismore High School student, passed away on Sunday after a battle with liver cancer at age 73.



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