The song tells us - and it is.
A long way to Tipperary...
From Perth, anyway.
Approximately 15,696 km distance.
7 hours time difference.
Between here and there.
My place and theirs.
May as well be an eternity when your own Mum is having herself a little heart attack and being rushed to hospital in an ambulance there...
and you're blissfully unaware here - for days.