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skw@worldmusic.de Lyr Req: Dunn, Gilbert and Ben Hall (Wyndham-Read) (11) Lyr Add: DUNN, GILBERT AND BEN HALL (Wyndham-Read) 16 Aug 98


Could anyone help me with the words of a song about Ben Hall? It's not among the ones in the DT:
'Dunn, Gilbert and Ben Hall', sung by Martyn Wyndham-Read, probably from his album 'Ned Kelly and the Gang' (1970).
The words I've taken down are rather patchy, so I'll submit them and hope for corrections from the wonderfully knowledgeable Mudcat community ...

Come all you sons of liberty and listen to my tale
A story of bushranging days I will to you unveil
'Tis all about those heroes, God bless them one and all
We'll sit and sing, God save the King, Dunn, Gilbert, and Ben Hall

Ben Hall he was a squatter who owned six hundred head
A peaceful and a quiet man until he met Sir Fred
The troopers burned his homestead down, his cattle perished all
I've all my sentence yet to earn, was the word of bright Ben Hall

John Gilbert was a flashy cow(?) and young O'Meally too
With Ben and Buck and Dunn and Bain they were old comrades true
They bailed the Cackle(?) mailcoach up and made the troopers crawl
There's a thousand pounds set on our heads, said Dunn, Gilbert, and Ben Hall

Then back and down to Gilbin town(?) they've made the coaches stand
While far behind Sir Frederick's men were labouring through the land
Then at Canowindra's best hotel they gave a public ball
We don't (?) the ones that don't (?) us, were the words of bright Ben Hall

They held a (?) at a ransom on the spot
'Twas Johnny Bain surrendered after Micky Bird was shot
O'Meally at going in, the lad it like a hero fought
But we'll take the country over yet, said Dunn, Gilbert, and Ben Hall

They never robbed a needy man, the record's sure to show
Though staunch and loyal to their mates and flinching(?) to their foe
So we'll drink a toast tonight, my lads, the beverage surely calls(?)
Let's sit and sing, God save the King, Dunn, Gilbert, and Ben Hall

The tune is the one I know for 'The Man With the Dreadful Knob' (The Button Pusher) by Enoch Kent, but I suppose he used a traditional one as the above song must certainly be older. - Thanks to you all, Susanne


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