Paul Kelly's #gravyday takes over social media

Paul Kelly's gravy recipe.
Paul Kelly's gravy recipe.

Hello Dan, it's Joe here, I hope you're keeping well.

Its the 21st of December, now they’re ringing the last bell...

If you’re a Paul Kelly fan, those lyrics are bound to send a shiver down your spine at the same time you get an overwhelming compulsion to make some gravy.

“How to Make Gravy” has become an unofficial Christmas song for Australians since Kelly first released the iconic anthem – coincidentally, 21 years ago this year.

It originated when he was invited to record a song for a charity Christmas album, but discovered his chosen song had already been used the previous year.

Kelly was encouraged to write an original and – true to form – what he came up with was something unique and relatable.

“I started thinking ... maybe I'll write it from the point of view of somebody who is missing Christmas, who can't get to Christmas,” Kelly told ABC Radio today.

Like many of his songs, Kelly narrates the story of a prisoner called Joe who is missing his family in the lead-up to Christmas.

Amid asking favours and passing on good wishes, he literally sings his gravy recipe.

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.

In recent years, Kelly fans have adopted December 21 as National Gravy Day.

It has become so popular that by 2pm today, #gravyday was trending at number three on Twitter across Australia.

It’s time to get cooking – Happy Gravy Day, readers!

Are you making gravy, or have you #putyourgravyout for #gravyday? Send your pics to and we’ll put the best ones into a gallery!

This story It’s gravy day... first appeared on Barossa & Light Herald.