Mudcat Café message #4080430 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168402   Message #4080430
Posted By: Sandra in Sydney
21-Nov-20 - 01:24 AM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Song of Childhood by John Dengate (original tune)

Where have the days of my childhood gone -
Time had plundered the years.
Stolen my gift of golden days;
Left me with ashes and tears.
Over the paddocks I've run ...
Drugged with the summer cicadas' song;
Drunk with freedom and sun.

Take me back to a fibro house
In a suburb carved from the bush.
Give me an acre of grass to cut
And a rusty mower to push.
Give me a summery Saturday
Just after the war was won,
With Dad and my uncles drinking beer,
Sprawled on the grass in the sun.

They spoke with a curious proud elan;
Their laughter was careless and free.
Fresh from the battles against Japan
They seemed immortal to me.
But how can an innocent boy discern
What's fallible, false or true?
Their mortal steps are faltering now
And mine are faltering too.

Bring out the bat and the worn cork ball
And we'll bowl at an old wooden case.
She'll jump and turn on the asphalt road ...
She'll come at a lively pace!
But barefoot, careless, and undismayed
We'll drive and hammer and glance ...
Now the ball is lost in the tangled years -
My hands couldn't hold the chance.

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