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Thread #168402   Message #4080176
Posted By: Sandra in Sydney
19-Nov-20 - 02:44 AM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Ballad of Les Darcy by John Dengate (tune - The Boys of Wexford)

In Maitland Town, long years ago, and so begins my song,
There toiled in a blacksmith's forge a sportsman young and strong;
He'd hands and arms like tempered steel; Les Darcy was his name.
He made the iron anvil peal and punched his way to fame.


High-ranking Yankee middleweights with reputations tall
Were fighting in Australian rings, defeating one ans all;
But when they met the Maitland boy, with heads and hearts full sore,
Much sadder and wiser men, they left Australia's shores.

"Now Darcy you must go to war1" the militarists rages
But Darcy's mother would not sign and he was underaged.
So midst a storm of foul abuse, Les Darcy sailed away
To earn his living with his fists in distant U.S.A

But death awaited Darcy in th land beyond the sea.
Of poison adn a broken heart he dies in Tennessee;
He's buried now near Maitland in the land where he was born,
And those who smeared Les DArcy's name; I sing their names to scorn.

He'd hands and arms like tempered steel; Les Darcy was his name.
He made the iron anvil peal and punched his way to fame.