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What is Gravy Day and why are Aussies all over it like a wet rashie?

I knew there was a reason I ordered a chicken schnitzel with gravy for lunch today.

No, this isn’t one of those lame National (insert lame thing that’s totally lame here) Days. Today is the 21st of December, which is the Gravy Day.

The celebration, of course, refers to none other than the great Paul Kelly and his quintessential Christmas tune, “How to Make Gravy”.

This toe-tapper is up there with the most iconic Aussie Christmas ballads of all time – and all we want to know is, “who’s gonna make the gravy now?”

In the song, Paul Kelly sings about a man who finds himself in prison on the 21st of December. The man, called Joe, talks to his friend Dan and laments the fact that he’ll miss Christmas.

Joe references the antics of Dan, Stella, Angus, Frank, Dolly, Rita, Mary, Mary’s new boyfriend and all manner of other characters. He’s even going to miss Roger. Roger, for crying out loud!

According to the Daily Review, the song was inspired by the prologue to Irving Berlin’s White Christmas:

“There’s never been such a day in old LA, but it’s December 24th and I am longing to be up north.”

Naturally, Twitter is an absolute mess of gravy right now in celebration of the iconic day, with some paying homage to Kelly’s gravy recipe in the song:

“Just add flour, salt, a little red wine and don’t forget a dollop of tomato sauce for sweetness and that extra tang.”

The great man himself chimed in after playing a show in Melbourne on December 15.

Even better, though, is that someone made a parody account called @itsthegravyman.

You can join in the celebrations using the hashtag #gravyday or #putyourgravy out.

Check out the full lyrics below from AZ Lyrics:

“How To Make Gravy”

Hello Dan, it’s Joe here
I hope you’re keeping well
Its the 21st of December
now theyre ringing the last bell
if I get good behaviour
I’ll be out of here by July
Won’t you kiss my kids on Christmas day

Pleeeease don’t let them cry for me

I guess the brothers are driving down from Queensland and Stella’s
flying in from the coast
They say it’s gonna be a hundred degrees, even more maybe, but that
won’t stop the roast

Who’s gonna make the gravy now?
I bet it won’t taste the same

Just add flour, salt, a little red wine and don’t forget a dollop of
tomato sauce for sweetness and that extra tang

And give my love to Angus and to Frank and Dolly,
Tell ’em all I’m sorry I screwed up this time
And look after Rita, I’ll be thinking of her early Christmas morning
When I’m standing in line

I hear Mary’s got a new boyfriend, I hope he can hold his own
Do you remember the last one? What was his name again?
(Just a little too much cologne)

And Roger, you know I’m even gonna miss Roger
‘Cause there’s sure as hell no one in here I want to fight

Oh praise the Baby Jesus, have a Merry Christmas,
I’m really gonna miss it, all the treasure and the trash
And later in the evening, I can just imagine,
You’ll put on Junior Murvin and push the tables back
And you’ll dance with Rita, I know you really like her,
Just don’t hold her too close, oh brother please don’t stab me in the back

I didn’t mean to say that, it’s just my mind it plays up,
Multiplies each matter, turns imagination into fact
You know I love her badly, she’s the one to save me,
I’m gonna make some gravy, I’m gonna taste the fat
Tell her that I’m sorry, yeah I love her badly, tell ’em all I’m sorry,
And kiss the sleepy children for me
You know one of these days, I’ll be making gravy,
I’ll be making plenty, I’m gonna pay ’em all back.

Via News.com.au

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