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Bob Bolton Lyr Add: Songs of Australia (Stan Wakefield) (4) Lyr Add: SONGS OF AUSTRALIA (Stan Wakefield) 29 Jul 13


I've been on the edge of a project ... lying somewhere between the Bush Music Club's regular Monday Night Music & Song Sessions ... and the formation of a new)ish) "Bush Band" largely from Monday night ranks ... The band name chosen was Currawong (an Australian bird of black / grey / white plumage - and vigorous song).

As it happened, one of our early BMC members, Stan Wakefield (died february 1962) wrote a number of fine songs, based on his time working in the Austrlian 'Bush' (... country ...) regions ... and the band likes to use this song of Stan's and a 'band signature.

I think it's worth adding ... if only for the rhyme string of the second stanza! (Kurrajong: Brachychyton populneus ... Australian tree with colourful flowers and yielding useful fibre / Billabong: ~Waterhole .. strictly an isolated anabranch, in dry season ... Wiradhuri language ~ 'dead water' / ... & the afore-mentioned Currawong!).

(Stan Wakefield)

When summer days are long
Then comes a rowdy song
Down by the burrawong,
Fern-like and shady.

High in the kurrajong,
Far up the billabong,
I hear a currawong
Answer his lady.

Wattles of golden hue,
'Lowries of red and blue
Gleam in the morning dew,
Bushland's regalia

Hark to the merry crew,
King parrot, cockatoo,
Lyre bird, that sing the true
Songs of Australia.

Joe / Mario ... ?

I don't seem to have the MIDI for the tune on this computer ... but my old friend Ralph Pride, who handles the Bush Music Club session's song & tune sheets would have it set in a music program ... so I can cadge the MIDI ... when I next see him!



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