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Thread #168402   Message #4080182
Posted By: Sandra in Sydney
19-Nov-20 - 04:40 AM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Gulgong Song, words John Dengate, tune trad used for Catalpa, Rosin the bow,

written in the late 60s when the Bush Music Club visited Gulgong for the Gold Dust Festivals/Carnivals

Sofala, Hill End and Tuena, their stories will always be told
And none can deny Araluen her place in the story of gold …
   But written in nuggets at Pipe Clay, Home Rule and Canadian Lead,
   The glittering history of Gulgong is there for Australia to read.

Loud were the shouts and the laughter when diggers with joy unrestrained
Went paddling round in the gutters, picking up gold when it rained …
   And written in nuggets at Pipe Clay, Home Rule and Canadian Lead,
   The glittering history of Gulgong is there for Australia to read.

Glinting in clay and in gravel, gleaming in quartz and in lode;
Gold was the pillar of Gulgong – and Gardiner was king of the road …
   And written in nuggets at Pipe Clay, Home Rule and Canadian Lead,
   The glittering history of Gulgong is there for Australia to read.

We’ll drink to the days of the diggings and then when our memories grow dim,
We’ll take down the volumes of Lawson and share the last bottle with him …
   And written in nuggets at Pipe Clay, Home Rule and Canadian Lead,
   The glittering history of Gulgong is there for Australia to read.