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Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia

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rich-joy 08 Dec 20 - 08:42 PM
Stewie 08 Dec 20 - 07:36 PM
Stewie 08 Dec 20 - 06:44 PM
Sandra in Sydney 08 Dec 20 - 09:57 AM
rich-joy 08 Dec 20 - 08:28 AM
GUEST,John Flynn 08 Dec 20 - 08:25 AM
rich-joy 08 Dec 20 - 07:45 AM
SqueezeMe 08 Dec 20 - 07:03 AM
Sandra in Sydney 08 Dec 20 - 03:59 AM
JennieG 08 Dec 20 - 01:20 AM
Sandra in Sydney 08 Dec 20 - 12:34 AM
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Stewie 07 Dec 20 - 09:05 PM
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GUEST,SqueezeMe 07 Dec 20 - 09:54 AM
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Sandra in Sydney 06 Dec 20 - 01:45 AM
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rich-joy 05 Dec 20 - 10:34 PM
Sandra in Sydney 05 Dec 20 - 09:49 PM
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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 08:42 PM

OLD TI

CH:
Old TI, my beautiful home,
That's the place where I was born;
The sun and the moon that shine,
Make me long for home,
Old TI, my beautiful home.

TI, my beautiful home,
TI, my home sweet home.
Darling, won't you take me,
Where the sun is sinking, farewell.

Why are you looking so sad, my dear,
Why are you feeling so blue?
I'm thinking of someone so far away,
In that beautiful place called TI.

Take me across the sea,
Over the deep blue sea,
Darling, won't you take me,
Back to my home TI.

When at the break of dawn,
Your dear face I cannot see,
You will always think,
Always think of me.

Up above the clouds,
Your dear face I cannot see,
But in your memories dear,
Never, never say goodbye.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj1LDel24PI           JESSIE LLOYD version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyYPShjofjI           TED EGAN version


“Another from the Joy Durst Memorial Australian Song Collection (1980 edition), published by the Victorian Folk Music Club. Published with the following note: Popularised by Joy Durst. From Thursday Islanders at Cairns, Queensland.
TI is the popular name for Thursday Island, the administrative centre of the Torres Strait Islands which lie off the Northern tip of Queensland.   The islands have been part of Australia since their annexation by Queensland in 1879. The indigenous population are Melanesian islanders.”
Lyrics and Notes taken from John Thompson’s “Oz Folksong a Day”blog: http://ozfolksongaday.blogspot.com/2011/11/old-ti.html

Documentary : Islands of the Torres Straits, 1989 (This Land Australia series by TED EGAN) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23Ih37aPrNM

“Are You From TI?” is another popular Island song (Seaman Dan version ) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY23WrKbMCU


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 07:36 PM

Alan Mann of Loaded Dog introduced me to the music of C.W. Stoneking several years ago and since then I have added several of his delightful albums to my collection. His style is reminiscent of the great Leon Redbone. I love this whimsical song:

TALKIN' LION BLUES
(C.W. Stoneking)

O-lay-eeeeeee
O-lay-ee-ee-ee
O-de-o-lay-ee-oh-oh
O-da-lay-eee

I was over in Africa minin' for gold
O-ooh, minin' for gold
Come along a big lion, caught me in my hole
O-de-lay-eee, caught me in my hole

The lion said, 'Buddy, you plumb outta luck
O-ooh, you plumb outta luck'
Made a lunge for me, lawd, I had to duck
O-de-lay-eee, I had to duck

I jabbed that lion right clean in the jaw
O-ooh, right clean in the jaw
Picked up his tail, dragged him 'cross the floor
O-de-lay-eee, dragged him 'cross the floor

I chained him up in the back of my truck
O-ooh, in the back of my truck
Said, 'what's that you had to say about luck?
O-de-lay-eee, that you said about luck'

The first place I took him was ten miles away
O-ooh, ten miles away
Told the people, 'Listen what this lion can say
O-de-lay-eee, what this lion can say'

The lion looked round, he started to cry
O-ooh, he started to cry
Said, 'this man punched me and he blackened my eye
O-da-lay-eee, and he blackened my eye'

The people got angry, they started to shout
O-da-lay-ee-ee-ee-eee
Lion said, 'That's what I was talkin' about'
O-de-lay-eee, oh-oh, lawd, lawd

They hauled me up the courthouse stairs
O-ooh, up the courthouse stairs
The judge was a monkey in an old wicker chair
O-de-lay-eee, in an old wicker chair

The monkey said, 'Guilty', and the people all cheered
O-ooh, and the people all cheered
He slammed his gavel, said, 'twenty five years'
O-da-lay-eee, said 'twenty five years'

I'm in Africa wearin' a ball and chain
O-de-lay-ee, a ball and chain
I'll never mess with a talkin' lion again
O-ooh, a talkin' lion again

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 06:44 PM

Thanks for the kind words, John. It is great to have feedback from a Kiwi.

R-J, the Speaker of the WA parliament must be very tolerant. The Hon David Templeman has been permitted to amuse the chamber with his ditties on several occasions. Here is another:

Ode to 2020

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 09:57 AM

and here's the earliest copy as published in Singabout, Volume 2(3), December 1957


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 08:28 AM

Shores of Botany Bay

I'm on me way down to the quay
Where the good ship now does lay
To command a gang of navvies
I was told to engage
But I thought I would stop in for a while
Before I went away
For to take a trip on an emigrant ship
To the shores of Botany Bay.

Ch.
   Farewell to your bricks and mortar
   Farewell to your dirty lime
   Farewell to your gangway and your gang plank
   And to hell with your overtime
   For the good ship “Ragamuffin”
   Is lying at the quay
   For to take old Pat with a shovel on his back
   To the shores of Botany Bay.

The best years of our life we spend
At working on the docks
Building mighty wharves and quays
Of earth and ballast rocks
Our pensions keep our lives secure
But I'll not rue the day
When I take a trip on an emigrant ship
To the shores of Botany Bay.

Oh the boss came up this morning
And he said "Why Pat, hello
If you do not mix that mortar quick
Be sure you'll have to go"
Of course he did insult me
I demanded all me pay
And I told him straight I was going to emigrate
To the shores of Botany Bay.

And when I reach Australia
I'll go and look for gold
There's plenty there for the digging of
Or so I have been told
Or maybe I’ll go back to me trade
Eight hundred bricks I'll lay
In an eight hour shift for eight bob pay
On the shores of Botany Bay.


Notes
Collected from Duke Tritton by John Meredith. Tritton learned the song while busking in Sydney early this century. He also wrote the last verse. Second verse is from Therese Radic's Songs of Australian Working Life :
MARK GREGORY http://folkstream.com/080.html

Version here by The Wild Colonial Boys, 1970 (lead, Tony Lavin) starts at 12:20 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOioyIDnQeo


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: GUEST,John Flynn
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 08:25 AM

Another very appreciative regular visitor to this thread. Many many thanks to Sandra, Stewie, Rich-Joy and others for all their many enjoyable contributions. From a Kiwi (and former member of the NZFLS) who has lived in Perth since 1975.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 07:45 AM

I'm reading a dog book at present, hence this offering!


DOG’S MEETING (aka CANINE CATASTROPHE)

The dogs they held a festival
They came from near and far
And some they came by aeroplane
And some by motor car
Before into the concert hall
They were allowed to look
Each dog had to take off his Boom ba-Boom***
And hang it on a hook
Yes, each dog had to take off his Boom ba-Boom
And hang it on the hook.


Well, when they were all seated there
Each mother, son and sire,
A dirty little yellow dog
Began to holler ´Fire!´
Out they rushed in panic
They didn't stop to look
Each dog he grabbed a Boom ba-Boom
From off the nearest hook
Yes, each dog he grabbed a Boom ba-Boom
From off the nearest hook.


So that's the reason that you’ll see
When walking down the street
Each dog will stop and swap a smell
With every dog he meets
And that's the reason why, me boys
He’ll leave a big fat bone
Just to go and sniff a Boom ba-Boom
To see if it’s his own
Just to go and sniff a Boom ba-Boom
To see if it’s his own.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGodoFa0FIU
Canine Catastrophe : The Wild Colonial Boys (lead : Bob McInnes)

John Thompson writes : “A joke old enough to have developed many versions.
Ron Edwards notes that many of both his and John Meredith's informants claim Henry Lawson as the author, however there is no evidence that this is the case.”

Many variants, Many titles, Many tunes. Possibly started life in Scotland, long ago ….. Australian versions often set to “The Lincolnshire Poacher”, as with the Wild Colonial Boys version.

***however you wish to make the 'knock-knock' sound ....


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: SqueezeMe
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 07:03 AM

Thanks, Stewie, for posting Saltwater Cowboy; couldn't understand all the words from the recording I have.

I missed the earlier post of Snowy River Men, Sandra. Sorry to have put you to any trouble, and the subtle slap on the wrist re. log-in duly noted :-)


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 03:59 AM

another oops, I posted Aunty Rooney on 18 Sep 20 - 02:17 AM


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: JennieG
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 01:20 AM

Thanks, Sandra - jolly good! It's a great song.

Mind you, I remember my mother used to sing around the house and we always wished that she wouldn't.....because she couldn't.....


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 12:34 AM

yes, & I posted it - 29 Aug 20 - 10:52 AM  
 
it's probably my favourite of his songs, or is Aunty Rooney my favourite?

It's the story of a family entertainment in the days before TV where everyone participates "today I'll play the mouth organ my mother let me bring"


I'll type it up later today

sandra


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: JennieG
Date: 07 Dec 20 - 10:08 PM

Is my memory playing me false, or did Kevin Baker write a song called "Superstar"? About how people used to sing while going about their everyday tasks, but now you have to be - or think you have to be - a superstar, to sing.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 07 Dec 20 - 09:44 PM

OMG Stewie! I am amazed that the Speaker just let the Hon MLA Templeman keep going to the end!!
Wonder if there was "fallout" for anyone?!

I seem to recall a famous Sth African politician (a great female singer and activist, whose name at present escapes me) was stopped from her attempt at singing in the South African Parliament ....


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 07 Dec 20 - 09:05 PM

SqueezeMe, here's your other request:

SALTWATER COWBOY
(Pigram Brothers)

Lend me your body tonight, my bluewater lady
This salty wind is getting to my bones
These lugger sails are moving too slowly
For this saltwater cowboy sailing home
This ol' copper hat is aching my shoulders
These lead-weight boots don't need any spurs
To ride these waves and bare-back mermaids
Ah this saltwater country is my home

Stand back, you shallow water man
Let a deep sea diver through

Selamat tingal, nakula jarndu
Sayonara, slo'n', gallow nyundu
These lugger sails are moving too slowly
For this saltwater cowboy sailing home

Stand back, you shallow water man
Let a deep sea diver through

These lugger sails are moving too slowly
For this saltwater cowboy sailing home
For this saltwater cowboy sailing home
For this saltwater cowboy sailing home

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Dec 20 - 07:59 PM

oops, I didn't check - the words are there with the video.

sandra (blushing)


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Dec 20 - 07:54 PM

lost your password SqeezeMe?

I love Kevin's work, but very little is available outside his records & CDs, & Dave de Santi is not aware of anyone still singing his songs. Doesn't mean that folks don't slip in an occasional song in sessions, but ...

I've posted a video of Snowy River men, 29 Aug 20 - 10:04 AM, but not the words. Decades ago BMC published the words not knowing who wrote it & I do have a jpg of them, all I need to do is find it.

I asked Ralph to OCR scan the words of 'One hand's the boss's' (05 Nov 20 - 05:22 AM) & probably could ask him to do so again.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 07 Dec 20 - 07:12 PM

Welcome, Guest. Thanks for your feedback; it is appreciated. I posted 2 Pigram Brothers songs above - 'Dry River Bed' and 'Johnny's Shoes'. I'll post your suggestions.

R-J, you'll love this parody of 'Sounds of Silence' if you haven't heard it. Parliament can be fun for a few moments.

West Oz pollie

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: GUEST,SqueezeMe
Date: 07 Dec 20 - 09:54 AM

Another regular reader of this thread here. Please keep up the good work; this is a wonderful resource.

One or two notable omissions (my humble opinion only). Kevin Baker's "Snowy River Men" has long been a favorite. And maybe something from Broome's Pigram Brothers, perhaps "Saltwater Cowboy".

Or have they already been posted and I've missed them????


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 06 Dec 20 - 08:37 PM

NEW CHUM SHEARER
(Traditional)

Well the new chum toils with heart and soul
Shearing the sheep just to make a roll
Out in the outback, far away
Then off to Sydney for a holiday

And down in the city he's a terrible swell
As he takes a taxi to the Kent Hotel,
The barmaid says, 'Well you look ill
It must have been rough tucker, Bill'

And down in the city he looks a goat
With his Oxford bags and Seymour coat
Spends his money like a fool of course
He's worked for like a bloomin' horse

Then he shouts for everyone round the place
Then it's off to Randwick for the big horse race
Dopes himself on back-ache pills
Talks high tallies and tucker bills

His money's gone, he's sick and sore
And the barmaid's looks aren't kind any more
His erstwhile friends don't give a hoot
It's back to the bush, per what? - the boot!

And back in Bourke where the flies are bad,
He tells of the wonderful times he's had
The winners that he shouldn't have missed
And he skites of the dozens of girls he's kissed

And he stands on the corner scrounging a fag
The shirt tails showing through his Oxford bags
He's pawned that beautiful Seymour coat
He's got no money - oh, what a goat

Got no tucker, got no booze,
The soles are gone from his snake-skin shoes
Camps in the bend, in the wind and rain
Waits for the shearing to start again

So all you blokes with a cheque to spend
Don't go down to the city where you've got no friends
Head for the nearest wayside shack
It ain't so far when you've got to walk back!

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Dec 20 - 01:45 AM

it was posted on 10th Sept, I'll send you the feral list, Jennie. It is easily searched, it's just the running numbers that are a problem, but the replacement spreadsheet is (very) slowly filling

sandra


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: JennieG
Date: 06 Dec 20 - 12:38 AM

Have we done "The ballad of 1891"? Because if we haven't, we should.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 05 Dec 20 - 10:34 PM

Welcome!! Phil :)

All Good, Sandra! :)

Indeed, Stewie! Best way to think of it, eh :
Mudcat Australian and New Zealand Songbook

Any more songs, JennieG?!

I think when we get to 500 songs posted (which is VERY close!), I personally need to take a small break, as work (and crap) is piling up here (and these 36* days in the colonial Hill Station of Maleny does NOT help matters!!).
But I'll be back :)

R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 05 Dec 20 - 09:49 PM

good to see you here Phil

R-J

3 songs added. NZ Southern Cross was one of 3 links you included in the post about Bushwackers' Southern Cross, I didn't think of them as songs to list (oops)

sandra

ps. I am the famous Picky Proofreader (ask Dale for a testimonial, I check all her articles) but proofreaders can't proofread their own work, well, that's my excuse & I'm sticking to it.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: GUEST,Phil
Date: 05 Dec 20 - 08:58 PM

You may be the only ones posting but you're not the only ones reading the thread - please keep it up.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 05 Dec 20 - 08:48 PM

A NAUTICAL YARN
(Anon/Trad)

I sing of a captain who's well known to fame
A naval commander, Bill Jinks was his name
Who sailed where the Murray's clear waters do flow
A freshwater shellback with a yo-heave-a-yo.

To the port of Wahgunyah his vessel was bound
When night came upon him and darkness around
Not a star on the waters its clear light did throw
But the vessel sped onwards with a yo-heave-a-yo

'O captain, O captain, let's make for the shore
For the winds they do rage and the winds they do roar'
'Nay, nay!' said the captain, 'though the wild winds may blow
I will stick to my vessel with a yo-heave-a-yo'

'O captain, O captain, the waves sweep the deck
O captain, O captain, we'll soon be a wreck
To the river's deep bosom, each sailor will go'
But the captain laughed lightly with a yo-heave-a-yo.

Farewell to our sweethearts, the girls we adore,
Farewell to our friends, for we'll see them no more,
The crew shrieked with terror, the captain he swore
We had struck on a sandbank, so we all walked ashore

A song of the Murray River paddle steamers. The words are attributed to Keighley Goodchild, but Ian Mudie thought this very unlikely. The usual tune is 'Villikins and his Dinah". Burl Ives was the first to record it.

R-J, you will recall that it was a favourite of Smokey and Batey.

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 05 Dec 20 - 08:19 PM

Whatever, R-J, I am not concerned. We are assembling an eclectic collection of Oz and Kiwi songs which hopefully will survive. The rise up Mudcat proposition seems to be something of a damp squib. Perhaps the title of this thread could be altered to 'Mudcat Australian and New Zealand Songbook'. Anyhow, our mysterious moderator popped his head in on one occasion - what more could you want! Onwards and upwards.

Sandra, many thanks for your updated list which R-J forwarded to me. You are doing a splendid job.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 05 Dec 20 - 08:06 AM

Not sure if I should actually voice this concern, but the thought has crossed my mind that there's not only just the four of us POSTING here - for months now - but MAYBE we're the only ones READING as well???!!!
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Hello?

:)


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 05 Dec 20 - 07:49 AM

Yes JennieG, I wonder how much of it is a reaction to "these Times we're living in" - looking back to when Life and Time moved more slowly and one seemed to have more of a handle on things -
       aka "more control"??! -   definitely more Youth, Physical Strength, and Energy, LoL!!



Sandra, I'm so sorry to hear you've had so much trouble with "The List"!!
um ..... I'm almost loath to mention that 3rd December's update was still missing 3 or 4 songs :

23Nov Down City Streets (Ruby Hunter)
25Nov The Shearer's Dream (attrib. Lawson)
01Dec   I Am Pegasus (Ross Ryan)
Also the 30 Oct entry still needs Malcolm Gordon's NZ song added (same name as Bushwacker's = Beneath the Southern Cross)

Sorry!   But I guess as Stewie would say : "Onwards and Upwards!"
G'Luck.


Cheers, R-J :)


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: JennieG
Date: 05 Dec 20 - 06:04 AM

r-j, the "yearn to return" is real. I left the country town where I was born and bred vowing never to return, but 40 years later I did.

However the town I returned to is not the town I left, many people are gone, things and people (including me) change, and we are happy here. Himself was a city boy but loves living in Tamworth. At least we stayed in the same state!


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 05 Dec 20 - 05:45 AM

I used to own that NLA booklet, I think I donated it to the BMC library.

Re the (famous) list - it is a mess, I lost count on more than one occasion, & several numbers were duplicated (253 a & 253b) & once I went from no. 168 to 189 (oops) & of course there were the songs I left out.

I tried an on-line converter to convert docx to xlsx - wot a mess!, everything went into column A, so I might just paste author & title into a spreadsheet.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 05 Dec 20 - 04:59 AM

CREAMSLEEVES

The Twiliters, 1965

Poor Grandma died and in her will
She left me her love and her doctor's bill
A moth-eaten cat that was always ill
And a little machine that played Greensleeves.

I had an idea and quick as a wink
I bought an old van and I painted it pink
With a freezer that came from an ice-skating rink
That only worked when I played Greensleeves.

Business was booming, I owned a fleet
My vans went tinkling down every street
The jingle of money was oh so sweet
I'll bet the Pied Piper played Greensleeves.

   Greensleeves at the rooster's crow
   The grocer's body swings to and fro
   He was condemned, he had to go
   For throttling a man who sang Greensleeves.

(slowly with feeling)
Last week they shot my best icecream man
Today they blew up their nineteenth van
For the grocers have formed their own Ku Klux Klan
And the robes that they wear all have green sleeves.

Now the army's made tanks out of every van
To send to the jungles of Vietnam
Australia's the envy of Uncle Sam
'Cause Yanks don't have tanks that play Greensleeves.

   But the army's got problems I'm telling you
   They can sell pink tanks when the war is through
   But what in the world are they going to do
   With a hundred machines that play Greensleeves?


The Twiliters - a 1960s folk trio from Perth, Western Australia. The members were Jim Maguire, Kerry White & Greg Ferris (who took the place of other founding member, Hans Stampfer). Maybe working mainly out of The Eastern States??
Sadly both Greg and Kerry (he of the beautiful voice), died too young. AFAIK, Jim and Hans are still working in Perth in medical-type professions…..

“The Twits” as they were affectionately known, were excellent entertainers and musicians and were easily one of THE best Oz folk bands of those earlier times. They had 2 x LPs and 1 xEP out and I think they are still downloadable from Paul the Stockman’s blog, [https://australianfolk.blogspot.com/search?q=The+Twiliters ], but this song is all I have found on YT (hence its appearance here on this thread).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvnjG7XEVsM


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 05 Dec 20 - 04:20 AM

The Roar of the Crowd

Denis Kevans © 1962

I heard the roar of the wind, boys, in the mighty, green-shirt pines.
As if the trees were blazing, like a gas-fire in the mines,
The wind's voice kept on mounting against the midnight's face,
I felt that roar well up in me, that roar has left its trace.

I heard the roar at the school-gates, when the holidays began,
When the kids raced out like brumbies, grown men turned and ran,
They raced down through the playground, and they roared out -
"We are free!" Ah, the hungry roar of those school kids, still lives inside of me.

I heard the roar at a foothball match, as it rose in the crowded stands,
When a winger leapt and took a pass, with magic, outstretched hand,
And the double roar, as he came inside, and flashed across the line,
Ah, that was a roar that stirred my soul, a roar that was a sign.

I heard the roar on the race-course, when the favourite lunged ahead,
And he grabbed the lead, at the leger, and the rest of the field seemed dead,
And the roar for horse and jockey, with the numbers in the frame,
And that was a roar that spurred my blood, and victory was its name.

And I heard the roar of soldiers when they first went to the front,
When war was only a sporting match, and they begged to go on a "stunt",
And they roared: "Come on Australia!" "Wagga!" and "Henty! and "Hay!"
Ah, that was the roar of the slaughterhouse, and there's nothen' more to say.

And I heard the roar at the Town Hall, when the delegate rose to speak,
A roar to shake the merciless, a roar to raise the weak,
To raise the weak and wandering, to give eyes to the blind,
That was the roar off a tidal wave that was making up its mind.


http://unionsong.com/u132.html (lyrics - thanks to Mark Gregory's great website)

Denis Kevans (1939-2005), fondly known as "Australia's Poet Lorikeet", thought Bob Campbell’s Home Rule band had the best version, but I haven’t found it online …..

Gary Shearston   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzcKVHRUzGU


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 05 Dec 20 - 01:20 AM

Yes Stew, “my beloved WA” can be all that and more!! Interesting to see Warren’s reprinting of Hesperian’s extensive research of “Ode to Westralia”!!   :)

Your first link (to the tune) is a page in the “Museum of Performing Arts” taken from an “unknown publication”, which of course, any Oz Folkie could have told them : it is a page torn from John Lahey’s worthy compilation : ”Great Australian Folks Songs” !! But they don’t ask us, do they? ….. sigh …..

I was happy to spend my formative years in Perth, with a few holidays in the southern “Eastern States” and eventually the obligatory – and very welcome – 3 years overseas.   
I left The Family and WA “for the last time” in 1983, heading for the magical unknown of Queensland – and very happily got side-tracked by 10 wonderful years in Darwin, meeting many memorable folks (including your very good self, haha!)   
And though Qld’s been good, as an aging widowed pensioner (cue violins), I find it passing strange that I now have an increasing ‘yearn to return’ to WA - despite(?!) The Family mostly being gone. Is this what happens in older age???
Well, it probably won’t come to much. For one thing, ya still need plenty of moolah to Rest in the West!!!

“A Small Book of Ballads” by the NLA was a good find – must be tons of stuff squirreled away in Institutions that the citizenry should know more about, eh.

R-J

PS   I'll send you Sandra's latest Song Listing soon ....


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 04 Dec 20 - 10:18 PM

I stumbled upon this document whilst engaged in a fruitless search for a musical rendition of Charles Thatcher's goldfields parody of 'There's a good time coming'. It has interesting notes and fine illustrations - published by the National Library of Australia.

A Small Book of Australian Ballads

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 04 Dec 20 - 08:04 PM

R-J, your beloved WA did not escape the poet's pen.

ODE TO WESTRALIA
(Anon)

Land of forest, fleas, and flies
Blighted hopes and blighted eyes
Art thou hell in earth’s disguise
Westralia?

Art thou some volcanic blast
By volcanoes spurned, outcast
Art unfinished, made the last
Westralia?

Wast thou once the chosen land
Where Adam broke God’s one command
That He in wrath changed thee to sand
Westralia?

Land of politicians silly
Home of wind and willy-willy
Land of blanket, tent and billy
Westralia!

Home of brokers, bummers, clerks
Nest of sharpers, mining sharks
Dried up lakes and desert parks
Westralia!

Land of humpies, brothels, inns
Old bag huts and empty tins
Land of blackest, grievous sins
Westralia!

Evidently sung to various tunes including 'Men of Harlech'. John Fahey gives a tune by Peter Evans which can be found on this page:

Click

Warren Fahey tells the story here:

Click

As published in a Tasmanian newspaper in 1899:

Click

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Dec 20 - 04:05 AM

R-J - oops, how embarrassing - how did I miss so many (blush)

yes, you have missed an update

Date: 03 Dec 20 - 05:39 AM

Hey Sandra! My latest copy of "The List" is up to song #425 on Nov 7th - have I missed an update?!

Going on that last listing, I'm gonna have to upset your Numbering, coz I have a few songs here that missed "The List"!!!

22Aug - The Cooma Cavaliers (Ulick O'Boyle)
04Oct - Dance Up the Sun (John Thompson)
04Oct - Down in the Goldmine (Anon / JB Geoghegan)
21Oct - Norway Yawl ( Bob McNeill) NZ
26Oct - The Miner (anon)
30Oct - Liverpool Echo aka Lawler's Balcony (Dave Oakes)
30Oct - Beneath the Southern Cross [1] (Bushwackers)
          -    "    "      "       "                   [2] (Malcolm Gordon NZ

For both versions of "Beneath the Southern Cross", the lyrics are within the links - not ideal, I know - but sometimes that's the way it has to be, as I'm not inclined to type them out at this stage!!!   :)

Cheers, R-J

PS   With your recording system, just wondering if there is any way to have a List that one can Sort Alphabetically on the Titles???
==========

looks like I need to start again, but use a spreadsheet this time.

what I'll do is insert the missing ones in red in my doc, then check out the free convertors - docx to xlsx - eek!

This looks like a job for my Personal Help Desk, or my other geek friend.

first the missing ones ...


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 04 Dec 20 - 12:43 AM

THE GEORGETTE

Bill Jones (The Lost Quays), WA

Heave away, Haul away
The Georgette’s goin down, me boys
Heave away, Haul away
The Georgette’s goin down.

The Georgette was a mighty ship that sailed the coast in ‘76
From Fremantle she plied her trade and chased The Fenians away,
Catalpa’s tale is often told, but here’s a story we should know
For Sam and Grace and their rescue bold, heed well, it will unfold.   

To Adelaide that ship did go, with passengers and cargo stowed
It was just passed Cape Naturaliste when trouble it began,
The hull was breached, the water came, the wind it roared with might and main
But in night when the pumps gave ‘way, the Georgette’s time had come.

The passengers and crew they bailed, but by the dawn the engine failed
The captain steered her to the coast, ‘twas all that he could do,
She drifted to Calgardup Bay with ragged coast and rugged spray
But on the cliffs, a stockman watched and knew just what to do.

To the Bussell homestead Sam did race, and there he found Ellen and Grace
The men were all out working and would not be back in time,
But young Grace Bussell had a plan, she gathered horses, ropes and Sam
They head off to the cliffs that day, a rescue to perform.

Now in the Bay, the Georgette struck, the lifeboats all capsized and sunk,
The passengers and crew they were a-tossed into the waves,
When down the cliff came Grace and Sam, across the beach and through the sand
Without a thought for life and limb, they raced into the surf.

By hanging onto horse and ride, the passengers were swept aside
For four long hours young Grace and Sam, they rescued all they could,
The tale was told throughout the land and round the world their story sang
So raise a glass to Grace and Sam and the fate of the Georgette.


The story (in song) of “The Catalpa” and its rescue in April of 1876 of the “six bold Fenians” from Fremantle, WA, to freedom in Americle, has been posted above by Stewie on 27Sept.   
The fate of the vessel that failed to stop HMG’s political prisoners escaping (“The Georgette”) is the subject of this song : wrecked 144 years ago, almost to the day!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPXYvmpQzs4   A presentation in May2020 by the Lost Quays of the story of the “Georgette”, who remark : “This is the product of minds pushed to the edge by the isolation of the strange times in which we live!”

I posted this song link on 28Sept but without lyrics, along with this blurb :

“…..It tells of Aboriginal stockman, Sam Isaacs, sighting the distressed SS Georgette (built 1872, 211 tons, steam/sail), from the clifftops around Calgardup Bay (allegedly, her cargo of mainly jarrah timber, leather, hides, and whale oil, had shifted and holed the vessel and the incoming water stuffed the boilers.) Sam ran the 20 Kms to Wallcliffe House where 16 year old Grace Bussell then joined him and together they rode their horses back and forth from ship to shore for around 4 hours (and remember, West Aussie does rather a good line in sharks!), and rescued many of the 50 or so remaining passengers and crew (some had drowned, but some had already made it to shore). I sure hope the horses were okay. Grace was naturally and rightly claimed a heroine (Australia’s youngest) and plaques and citations followed.   
As can be expected, recognition for Sam, took somewhat longer…………..
WA’s generally inhospitable coastline, with its tricky winds, strong surf and currents, chilling water and unusual underwater topography, is (literally) littered with shipwrecks and “lost vessels” that will probably never be found.
However, the Georgette’s final resting place is at Redgate Beach, near Margaret River, in about 5metres of water.

https://www.tracesmagazine.com.au/2013/11/saving-grace-western-australias-shipwreck-rescuer-grace-bussell/

However, the interesting writeup by the WA Museum as regards the state of the vessel before leaving Fremantle (bound for Adelaide), indicates perhaps, that all was not as it should be …… http://www.museum.wa.gov.au/maritime-archaeology-db/wrecks/georgette.


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 08:15 PM

THE ORANGE AND THE GREEN
(Anon)

John Davies hears with great regret the news that's going round
That Sandy Ross has lost the fight at George's River ground
No more his crowing will be heard, no more his colours seen
For I think he's had enough this time of Foley and the green

Chorus
Oh, the green the colour of the brave, we'll raise high in the air
And to our enemies we'll show? the colour that we'll wear
For the orange flag has been pulled down, the battle fought out keen
And Sandy Ross has lost the fight at George's River green

The yellow ties they mustered strong upon that Tuesday morn
Poor Sandy he came up to time with his head and beard all shorn
When Foley stepped into the ring? to fight for Ireland's green

'Sinn Fein, Sinn Fein', he cried aloud as he saw his friends close by
'I've come to fight for Ireland's cause and for that cause I'll die
And to deny her colours ?I ne'er will be so mean
For in this ring die or win ?for dear old Ireland's green'

'Here's to him men, here's to him, boys', then Sandy Ross did say
'I've come to fight for old King Bill upon this glorious day
My yellow scarf around my waist that has come into bud
Will be dyed deep red upon this ground with this poor Fenian's blood'

They both shook hands, you'd really think no ill feeling lay between
The colours bright that made this fight, the orange and the green
For two long hours that fight did last, 'til Ross's seconds came between
And threw the sponge high in the air in favour of the green

The usual tune for this is 'Wearing of the green'. For a variant tune check out John Fahey 'Great Australian Folk Songs' p82.

Larry Foley, the Irish-Australian idol, fought Sandy Ross, a Scot, in a bare-knuckle fight that lasted 2 hours 40 minutes.

See page 231 of this document:

Click

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 07:34 PM

This one was sent to 'The Queenslander', a Brisbane newspaper, in October 1894. Offence alert: n- word appears twice.

THE BUSHMAN’S FAREWELL TO QUEENSLAND
(Anon)

Queensland, thou art a land of pests
For flies and fleas one never rests
Even now mosquitoes round me revel
In fact they are the very devil

Sandflies and hornets just as bad
They nearly drive a fellow mad
The scorpion and centipede
With stinging ants of every breed

Fever and ague with the shakes
Tarantulas and poisonous snakes
Iguanas, lizards, cockatoos
Bushrangers, lags, and jackaroos

Bandicoots and swarms of rats
Bulldog ants and native cats
Stunted timber, thirsty plains
Parched-up deserts, scanty rains

There's rivers here you can't sail ships on
There's nigger women without shifts on
There's humpies, huts, and wooden houses
And nigger men who won't wear trousers

There's Barcoo rot and sandy blight
There's dingoes howling all the night
There's curlews' wail and croaking frogs
There's savage blacks and native dogs

There's scentless flowers and stinging tree
There's poisonous grass and Darling peas
Which drive the cattle raving mad,
Makes sheep and horses just as bad

And then it never rains in reason.
There's drought one year, and flood next season
Which sweep the squatters' sheep away
And then there is the devil to pay

To stay in thee, O land of mutton
I would not give a single button
But bid thee now a long farewell
Thou scorching, sunburnt land of hell!

I first came upon this in John Fahey's 'Great Australian Folk Songs' - a tune is given at p91.

This is the only musical rendition I can find on the Net:

Youtube clip

Original poem

All the versions of the poem available on the Net omit these 2 lines from the original:

There's Bathurst burr and speargrass too
Ticks and Belyando spew

Belyando is in central Queensland.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 04:16 PM

The Bicentennial Song

by John Dengate

Cook went a-sailing, or so the record says
He roared around New Zealand and he stopped at Botany Bay

   refrain
   Oh why did he do it , who oh who can tell
   There’s bugger all at La Perouse, Cronulla or Kurnell

Cook stood on the quarterdeck, endeavouring to see
He parked his little boat beside the oil refinery

Cook saw some natives, all done up in paint
And he tried to call the Kogarah police, to put in a complaint

He went to the Sans Souci pub, to have a quiet beer
But a fight broke out in the public bar, and he nearly lost an ear

Well Cook weighed his anchor, and sailed across the foam
‘Cause he couldn’t stand the bloody row from Mascot aerodrome



Thanks to my old mate, Jeff Corfield, for this one, which I recalled him singing in Perth in the early 70s.
Jeff says : “….. John Dengate wrote it for the Cook bicentennial in 1970….. I learnt it from my old Maitland Bush Band mate, Bob Campbell ….. The tune, as I recall, was a version of the Darby Ram – the ‘ay winkle Darby’ one….. “

Does anyone know of an online recording???


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 05:39 AM

Hey Sandra! My latest copy of "The List" is up to song #425 on Nov 7th - have I missed an update?!

Going on that last listing, I'm gonna have to upset your Numbering, coz I have a few songs here that missed "The List"!!!

22Aug - The Cooma Cavaliers (Ulick O'Boyle)
04Oct - Dance Up the Sun (John Thompson)
04Oct - Down in the Goldmine (Anon / JB Geoghegan)
21Oct - Norway Yawl ( Bob McNeill) NZ
26Oct - The Miner (anon)
30Oct - Liverpool Echo aka Lawler's Balcony (Dave Oakes)
30Oct - Beneath the Southern Cross [1] (Bushwackers)
          -    "    "      "       "                   [2] (Malcolm Gordon NZ

For both versions of "Beneath the Southern Cross", the lyrics are within the links - not ideal, I know - but sometimes that's the way it has to be, as I'm not inclined to type them out at this stage!!!   :)

Cheers, R-J

PS   With your recording system, just wondering if there is any way to have a List that one can Sort Alphabetically on the Titles???


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 05:08 AM


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 02:47 AM

Re Eureka :

Just located Bill Peach's ABC-TV series on the subject : "Peach's Gold - Eureka", 1983 - but sadly there only seems to be 2 x clips of 2 mins each, but better than nothing, eh!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmE2Kn_RgzE

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr85FJ8QMik



R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 02:21 AM

Crikey! Thanks for that JennieG - I'd clean forgotten it was Eureka time!

I tried searching for Peter O'Shaughnessy [1923-2013] reciting Raffaello Carboni's experiences, but sadly most of Peter's work from "The Restless Years" is missing from online.
(At least the music dramatisation was available for download from "Paul the Stockman's" blog, (referenced by Sandra a few posts back), and odd songs from the production, by Marian Henderson, are available on YT .....)

Here is Raymond Crooke singing Charles Thatcher's "Where's Your Licence", detailing the kind of harassment that led to the Eureka Stockade : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9pyVnWrpBY

I found these of Peter's, though :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y_z8vFigG8
"A Convict's Tour to Hell" by Frank - The Poet - MacNamara. (9+mins)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRbvs7yBT9I    "Botany Bay" - 3 poem animations by Convicts by Jim Clark (sadly, very short ...)

Here is Jim Clark "interviewing" (talking over?!) Peter O'Shaughnessy (42+mins) on his achievements : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9XZDsUg1fg


Cheers, R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 02:09 AM

song no. 481, an excellent song, Jennie


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: JennieG
Date: 03 Dec 20 - 01:18 AM

A childhood favourite of mine too, r-j! Chad makes his January pilgrimage here each year for the country music festival - but that won't be happening on the same scale next month. I have heard that there will be music in various pubs and clubs but no big concerts, as they draw too many people.

As today is 3rd December, the anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion, it seems appropriate to have "Cross of the South".

Cross of the South - words by Kenneth Cook, tune is 'Kelly, the boy from Killane'.

'Twas the month of December, the year fifty-four
When the men of Eureka rebelled.
And they swore that the flag they had made for themselves
Ever proudly aloft would be held.
The miners took arms in the stockade that day,
The bold word passed from mouth to mouth
'We will stand by this flag and the stars that it bears,
White stars of the Cross of the South'.

The hot blood of the heroes ran fast in their veins,
There was but one man they obeyed.
The hero of heroes they chose from their ranks
Peter Lalor their hero they made.
Peter Lalor said, 'We must stand by our guns,
Fear not the cannon's fierce mouth!
For I see the soldiers are gathering now
To tear down the Cross of the South'.

Captain Thomas charged the Eureka Stockade,
Three hundred troops by his side.
Fire and steel met them there and they fell back again,
But the first of the miners had died.
The smoke from the battle had scarce cleared away
When the soldiers came charging once more,
The miners were killed as they stood 'round their flag
Or fell from the wounds they bore.

Bold Peter Lalor lay shot on the grund
Where the soldiers had left him for dead,
And the flag that he loved lay there by his side,
The white stars all stained with red.
Peter Lalor he rose on his knees in the dust,
Wild words poured from his mouth:
'You can murder us all in black tyranny's name,
But you can't kill the Cross of the South'.

It is on John Thompson's "An Australian Folk Song a Day".


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 02 Dec 20 - 05:20 AM

C’mon, you know it had to happen :


The Sheik of Scrubby Creek

Chad Morgan (Chadwick William Morgan)

Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur

All the Shelias think I'm handsome
Their father's think I'm mad
Their mother's think I'm a villain
But I'm just a loveable lad

I'm loved by the poor and the wealthy
Loved by the good and the bad
Loved by the fat and the skinny
Because I'm a loveable lad

Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur

Now I've been chased by fathers
With shotguns of all kinds
And you can tell where they have aimed
By the mark that's left behind

I don't know why they do it
Cause I'm not really bad
I just chase their daughters
Because I'm a loveable lad

Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur

It's a dangerous game I'm playing
You've gotta be quick to last
When you're at the wrong end of a shotgun
You run quick or cop the full blast

You'll never see me linger
Where there are sour old tarts
And you can tell where I have been
By the trail of broken hearts

So parents do take warning
And heed what I say
Keep your daughters out of sight
When I come round your way

For the say I'm just like Casanova
I drink I smoke I swear
They say I'm the Sheik of Scrubby Creek
But I don't care...

Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur Rur


A popular radio song of my childhood from the early 1950s : I recall my brother and I walking around singing the dog-howl refrain at top volume (as you do), and most likely annoying the hell out of our poor, long-suffering Mother!!

Here is an edited early clip of this most famous “Aussie Hillbilly” song which was played at the Australian Country Music awards in 2010, before Chad's Lifetime Achievement Award presentation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewls4lc17hU

Well, it has been said that Australia is unsurpassed in its passion for Novelty Songs!!   Hmmmmm …..

However, Chad wasn’t a “one hit wonder” and has many other recordings to his name and a lifetime of touring the regional and outback country circuits. Interestingly, this much-loved entertainer has been having something of a Performance Renaissance – and headlining at big Folk and Country Festivals in recent (well, pre-Covid) years – making new generations of fans at 87 years old!!!

In 2011, a documentary was made about Chad’s life, entitled “I’m Not Dead Yet” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpBcrIf9cLI

But here he is dueting with John Williamson, in “Country Balladeer” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQci8daSVos

And here with Shane Howard in 2016 in “The Ballad of Bill & Eva” (aka Kullillee Woman and Wakka Wakka Man) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWRs6pxp10E



R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 01 Dec 20 - 07:22 PM

Ross Ryan was best known or remembered for this one:

I AM PEGASUS
(Ross Ryan)

I am Pegasus, my name means horse
And I can fly high with you
But I've changed my course
I am Michael, I am Jeffery and John
And I don't want to leave you
Unless you want me gone

I am Genesis, I have no fear
I make my plans to land for
I plan to stay here
I am Simon, I am Demetrius and John
And I don't want to leave you
Unless you want me gone

I am flying, but let me down
Oh I don't need the things
That once kept you around
It's not too late
To know who I am
I am Sagittarius

Instrumental break

I am flyin' but let me down
Oh I don't need the things
That once kept you around
It's not too late
Do you know who I am

I am Pegasus, my name means horse
And I can fly high with you now
But I've changed my course
I am Michael, I am Jeffery and John
And I don't have to leave you

I am Pegasus, my name means horse
And I can fly high with you now
But I've changed my course
I am Michael, I am Jeffery
I am Demetrius and John
And I don't have to leave you
Unless you want me gone

Youtube clip

An interesting piece about his performance at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in 1989:

Click

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 01 Dec 20 - 06:52 PM

My apologies, Sandra, for messing up your count. Thanks for posting the Tony Miles song.

I was very fond of Ross Ryan recordings back in the day. I wonder what happened to him.

POSTCARD FROM BERLIN
(Ross Ryan)

July winter night after the parting
Drinking until dawn
The wine makes you warm
But your uniform now seems chilled

I was your lover, your echo and brother
But it always seemed strange
How you used to change when your dictator’s name
Came up in conversation

Refrain
And no one wins wars for love or for country
And no one applauds lovers who die
And though winter thaws and summer replaces
The tears on the faces - I still cry
La lye la lye

Instrumental break

Refrain

Where are you now, did you finally crawl home
After you had lost your fight
Perhaps I could write you, but never invite you
I’m sorry, but you changed all that

But I’ll drink a toast to the beds and the hotels
Ladies and gents we once knew
And when I am through, I’ll send to you
A postcard and sign it Berlin

Refrain

Live in the Barossa in 2007:

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Nov 20 - 07:27 PM

drat! I had just listed song 479, so now we are back to 478.

I might play one of Art's albums ... Tennessee Stud is now playing

sandra


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