Mudcat Café message #4080713 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168402   Message #4080713
Posted By: rich-joy
23-Nov-20 - 05:17 PM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Stewie posted Archie Roach’s “Took the Children Away” on October 14th.
Another Anthem is an autobiographical song from his wife, the late – and also much-loved – Ruby Hunter. This is “Down City Streets” which Archie recorded on his debut “Charcoal Lane” CD in 1990.


DOWN CITY STREETS

Ruby Hunter

Down city streets I would roam, I had no bed, I had no home

Crawled out of bushes early morn, Used newspapers to keep me warm
Then I'd have to score a drink, Start me out, help me to think.

Down city streets I would roam, used my fingers as a comb

In those days when I was young, drinking and fighting was no fun
It was daily living for me, I had no choice, It was meant to be.

Down city streets I would roam, I had no bed I had no home
And there was nothing that I owned, used my fingers as a comb

Now I'm a man, I'm not alone, I am married, I have children of my own
Now I have something I call my own, These are my children, and this is my home.

- I look around and understand, how street kids feel when they're put down –

Down city streets I would roam, I had no bed I had no home
And there was nothing that I owned, used my fingers as a comb
Down city streets I would roam, I had no bed I had no home
And there was nothing that I owned, used my fingers as a comb
Down city streets. Down city streets. Down city streets…..


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RCcs6AOdT0


R-J
[ My late Mum who died in 2014 at age 90, adored Archie & Ruby (along with Wurumpi’s charismatic George Rrurrambu!) ]