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Posted By: allie kiwi
16-Jun-02 - 04:25 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Happy immigration songs (discuss also)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Happy immigration songs (discuss also)
The Wild Colonial Boy never struck me as particularly 'happy'. I guess in a way he was happy, doing all that robbing and shooting.

The version we sang of it (using the name Jack Duggan) was that he was born in Australia, but I understand the original has him growing up in Ireland and being transported for life at a fairly young age?

Now I challenge anyone to find a song about a happy convict!

I guess when you think of it, most emigration waves are forced through lack of food or searching for something better. But virtually everyone is rather sad to leave what they know behind them.

How about 'We're off to see the Wizard' from wizard of Oz, and ... what was that song from Bing Crosby's movie 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court.'

in a cold induced random mood