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Thread #168402   Message #4079761
Posted By: Stewie
15-Nov-20 - 09:54 PM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
THE GLASS ON THE BAR
(Henry Lawson)

Three bushmen one morning rode up to an inn
And one of them called for the drinks with a grin
They'd only returned from a trip to the north
And, eager to greet them, the landlord came forth
He absently poured out a glass of Three Star,
And set down that drink with the rest on the bar

"There, that is for Harry," he said, "and it's queer
'Tis the very same glass that he drank from last year
His name's on the glass, you can read it like print
He scratched it himself with an old bit of flint
I remember his drink - it was always Three Star"
And the landlord looked out through the door of the bar

He looked at the horses, and counted but three
"You were always together - where's Harry?" cried he
Oh, sadly they looked at the glass as they said,
"You may put it away, for our old mate is dead"
But one, gazing out o'er the ridges afar, said
"We owe him a shout - leave the glass on the bar"

They thought of the faraway grave on the plain
They thought of the comrade who came not again
They lifted their glasses, and sadly they said:
"We drink to the name of our mate who is dead"
And the sunlight streamed in and a light like a star
Seemed to glow in the depth of the glass on the bar

And still in that shanty a tumbler is seen
It stands by the clock, always polished and clean
And often the strangers will read as they pass
The name of a bushman engraved on the glass;
And though on the shelf but a dozen there are
That glass never stands with the rest on the bar

I don't know the provenance of the tune. Recordings range from Tex Morton to Peter Bellamy.

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--Stewie