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Bob Bolton Lyr Req: The Rose in Her Hair (Dubin, Warren) (28) RE: Lyr Req: The Rose in Her Hair (Dubin, Warren) 20 May 13

G'day ( ... or is that G'decade ... nearly!)

I should have known that ... after all the fuzzy edges of the web - I'd find a somewhat useful reference in the Mudcat's muddy Missisipp ...!

I'm trying to find reliable sheet music to conform the Australian World War Two troops' hearing of this as a popular song from 1935 ... known and sung by Australian troops in Kudmati on the outskirts of Ambon Dutch New Guinea ... of that day ... ?) because it was learned, from them, by the local villagers - and made by them into a song about the heroic death of Australian Driver William Doolan ... single handedly attacking Japanese troops ... until taken out by a sniper!

I have an Australian translation of their song ... from his home town newspaper (Morwell Advertiser, 13 December 1945) but no written music ... and no idea of what the Ambonese did to the tune during their innings...! If I can find a viewable / &-or downloadable set of dots, I can start to see what we can make in Driver Doolan's memory!

... He does get off to a bad start - with all those 19th century bushrangers (armed banditry) a century before!!!

Any workable link to a set of 1935 - 1945 'dots' would be greatly appreciated!



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