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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 23 Oct 20 - 09:04 PM

Thanks for the Manifold link. Together with a few other Darwin folkies, I spent a wonderful afternoon in a pub with the great man back when the world was young.

Graham Jenkin also put a tune to this beaut ballad:

THE WAYS ARE WIDE
(E.J.Brady/G.Jenkin)

Two women watched on a windy pier
(Three turns and a line to pass)
And one was the drunken skipper’s dear
And one was a sailor’s lass
The full o’ flood and the fall o’ tide
There’s little to guide between
But ways are wide where the seas divide
Wi’ places to bide between

Chorus:
The sun rose red, but the night fell grey
?Cheer’ly men, her load-line’s low?
Who drinks tomorrow may thirst today ?
Cheer’ly men, still cheerily ho

They trailed her out from the rowdy pier
They turned her nose to the sea
They lent their lungs to a burly cheer
And speeded her merrily
Her skipper rolled to his bunk dead-tight
Her mate in the scuppers lay
With a starboard red and a green port light
To gladden them on their way

Chorus

They lit their lamps on the lonely pier
As the twilight brought the rain
And the skipper’s dear laughed long and clear
But the other laughed in pain
For woman is woman and man is man
And the flesh it pricketh sore
He carries his burden as best he can
She carries her load and more

Chorus

Two women turned from the windy pier
One hurried her home to weep
But the skipper’s dear she was married next year
To a bank account — and sheep
The ship that sailed as the ship went down
(Three turns and a rope to pass)
Is posted ‘Lost’ and the grass goes brown
On the grave o’ the sailor’s lass

Final chorus:
The dank ooze silts where the deep hulks lie ?
Cheer’ly men, her load-line’s low
?For men may drown and women will die
?Cheer’ly men, still cheerily ho

Tune: pp87-90 'The Great Australian Balladists'.

Edwin James Brady

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 23 Oct 20 - 02:22 AM

oops, Stewie, I searched my list, but didn't screenshot the search (blush)

Stringybakr Creek is now no.351 & Poor Ned is now followed by the attribution (Manifold, Redgum, Lucas ??????)

speaking of John manifold, a recent article from the BMC blog From the Archives - Correspondence between West Sydney Singers & John Manifold


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 22 Oct 20 - 10:20 PM

BLACK SHEEP
(W.Ogilvie/G.Jenkin)

They shepherd the black sheep down to the ships
Society's banned and cursed
And the boys look back as the old land dips
Some with a reckless laugh on their lips
And some with a prayer reversed

Chorus:
And it's goodbye England, farewell love
Maybe it's just as well
When a man falls short of his heaven above
That he drops to the uttermost hell

Now the anchor lifts and the sails are set
Now God to your help, black sheep
For the gay world laughs, 'They will soon forget'
But fired with the embers of old regret
The brand of the world bites deep

Chorus

They turn the black sheep over the side
To land on a stranger's shore
To drift with the cities' human tide
Or wander away where the rovers ride
And the flagless legions war

Chorus

They bury the black sheep out in the bush
And they bury them none too deep
By the cattle camp or the last gold rush
And the grass grows over them deep and lush
And the bush winds sing them to sleep

Final chorus:
And it's goodbye sorrow, farewell strife
Maybe it's just as well
When a man goes down in the battle of life
Then he shortens his road to hell

Graham Jenkin put a tune to this Ogilvie poem - pp56-57 'Great Australian Balladists'. Note by Jenkin:

Black sheep were young Britons who had disgraced themselves in one way or another, and who were sent as far away as possible in order that they may not bring further disgrace on the family. Australia, being at the opposite end of the world to Britain, was an ideal dumping ground, just as it had been for convicts before them. The black sheep, unlike most of the convicts, came from the wealthy classes and were referred to as 'remittance men' because many of them received a regular remittance from their families as payment for staying here. Although Ogilvie was a migrant, he was not a black sheep. Harry Morant was, and so was Adam Lindsay Gordon.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 22 Oct 20 - 07:53 PM

LONG RUN
(John Schumann)

You look out your window at the cold grey dawn 
It's seven o'clock on a Monday morning 
Pour a cup of coffee, better make it a strong one 
Weather man on the radio says 
It's going to rain and it's going to blow 
But i'll be all right, it'll be all right, it'll be all right in the long run 

Australia marched out of Vietnam 
Out on the streets against Uncle Sam, 
We won the fight, it was a long one 
Uranium demo the other day 
One of my mates got dragged away 
As they slammed the door I heard her say 
It'll be all right in the long run 

Italian bloke who works with me 
We swap laughs and company 
And he slapped me on the back 
Said, ’You're wrong, son 
This isn't the land I was told it would be 
It's not so equal and not so free
But i'll be all right, it'll be all right, it'll be all right in the long run’

From the shadow of history a convict screams 
The shearers curse, the people dream 
We've taken some right turns
They've been the wrong ones
Troop ships leave and the headlines blaze 
Australia remembers happier days 
And the faith lives on within the haze 
It'll be all right in the long run 

So you sit in your camp and you stare at the fire 
The doubts drop away as the hopes get higher 
And you sing to yourself 
It'll be all right, it'll be all right in the long run 

And the sun gives ground to a long cold night 
You screw your courage for another fight 
But you know in your heart 
That it’ll be all right, it'll be all right, it'll be all right in the long run 

And the sun streams in with power and might 
And you look at your kids in a different light 
And you know in your heart as you kiss them goodnight 
It'll be all right in the long run

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 22 Oct 20 - 07:31 PM

POOR NED

Chorus:
Poor Ned, you're better off dead
At least you'll get some peace of mind
You're out on the track
They're right on your back
Boy, they're 'gonna hang you high

Eighteen hundred and seventy eight
Was the year I remember so well
They put my father in an early grave
Slung my mother in gaol
Now I don't know what's right or wrong
But they hung Christ on nails
Six kids at home and two still on the breast
They wouldn't even give her bail

Chorua

You know I wrote a letter
'Bout Stringybark Creek
So they would understand
That I might be a bushranger
But I'm not a murdering man
I didn't want to shoot Kennedy
Or that copper Lonnigan
He alone could have saved his life
By throwing down his gun

Chorus

You know they took Ned Kelly
And they hung him in the Melbourne gaol
He fought so very bravely
Dressed in iron mail
And no man single-handed
Can hope to break the bars
It's a thousand like Ned Kelly
Who'll hoist the flag of stars

Chorus

Those are the lyrics for Redgum's version which is probably the best-known one in Oz.

Redgum

For a full discussion of the provenance of this song check out this Mudcat thread, particularly the contributions by Bob Bolton:

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The Lucas/Fotheringay rendition:

Fotheringay

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 22 Oct 20 - 06:59 PM

STRINGYBARK CREEK
(Anon)

A sergeant and three constables set out from Mansfield town
Near the end of last October for to hunt the Kellys down
They started for the Wombat Hills and thought it quite a lark
When they camped upon the borders of a creek called Stringybark

They had grub and ammunition there to last them many a week,
And next morning two of them rode out, all to explore the creek,
Leaving Mclntyre behind them at the camp to cook the grub
And Lonergan to sweep the floor and boss the washing-tub.

It was shortly after breakfast Mac thought he heard a noise
So gun in hand he sallied out to try and find the cause,
But he never saw the Kellys planted safe behind a log
So he sauntered back to smoke and yarn and wire into the prog.

But Ned Kelly and his comrades thought they'd like a nearer look,
For being short of grub they wished to interview the cook;
And of firearms and cartridges they found they had too few,
So they longed to grab the pistols and ammunition too.

Both the troopers at a stump alone they were well pleased to see
Watching as the billies boiled to make their pints of tea;
There they joked and chatted gaily never thinking of alarms
Till they Heard the fearful cry behind, "Bail up, throw up your arms!"

The traps they started wildly and Mac then firmly stood
While Lonergan made tracks to try and gain the wood,
Reaching round for his revolver, but before he touched the stock
Ned Kelly pulled the trigger, fired, and dropped him like a rock.

Then after searching McIntyre all through the camp they went-
And cleared the guns and cartridges and pistols from the tent,
But brave Kelly muttered sadly as he loaded up his gun,
"Oh, what a ... pity that the ... tried to run."

'Twas later in the afternoon the sergeant and his mate
Came riding blithely through the bush to meet a cruel fate.
"The Kellys have the drop on you!" cried McIntyre aloud,
But the troopers took it as a joke and sat their horses proud.

Then trooper Scanlan made a move his rifle to unsling,
But to his heart a bullet sped and death was in the sting;
Then Kennedy leapt from his mount and ran for cover near,
And fought, a game man to the last, for all that life held dear.

The sergeant's horse raced from the camp alike from friend and foe,
And McIntyre, his life at stake, sprang to the saddle-bow
And galloped far into the night, a haunted, harassed soul,
Then like a hunted bandicoot hid in a wombat hole.

At dawn of day he hastened forth and made for Mansfield town
To break the news that made men vow to shoot the bandits down,
So from that hour the Kelly gang was hunted far and wide,
Like outlawed dingoes of the wild until the day they died.

Above is the full ballad as printed at pp41-42 of Times House edition of Stewart & Keesing's 'Australian Bush Ballads'. Most renditions are shortened and amended. Here is one by Gary Shearston:

Youtube clip

Another song about Stringybark Creek from John Munro's 'The Kelly Collection':

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--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Oct 20 - 06:05 PM

Sandra, you have doubled up on 'Miner's washing'. R-J posted it in September - No 110 on your list.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Oct 20 - 12:44 AM

MINER'S WASHIN' © John Warner 10/08/92

I came from Durham in '99,
Married a laddie from the Coal Creek mine,
The finest lad that a girl could ever know,
Till he brought me his washin' from the pit below.

Scrubbing the miner's clothes,
Scrubbing the miner's clothes,
All piled up in a ghastly stack,
Heavy as lead, and smelly and black,
And oh the pain in my aching back,
Scrubbing the miner's clothes.

Now your Korumburra miner is a grimy sort of bloke,
So I drop in his duds for an all night soak.
I'll take me a soap and I'll grate it like a cheese,
And chuck it in a bucket with his grubby dungarees.

I get me up before the peep o' light
My copper for to fill and my fire for to light,
I'll serve Tom his crib while the copper's on the boil,
Then gird up my muscles for a day's hard toil.
It's drag 'em from the copper to the rinsing tub,
Pound 'em with the dolly and scrub, scrub, scrub,
Pour away the mucky water, do it all again,
Heave 'em through the wringer and pray it doesn't rain.

Beyond Kardella, the sky's looking fine,
Basket up the washing to the old clothes line,
I'll bet when it's hung out and I've heaved up the prop,
The rain'll come a pourin' and the wind will drop.

Now all you maidens who to marriage do incline,
Never wed a laddie from the Coal Creek mine,
A squatter might be surly, a merchant might be mean,
A banker might be boring, but they're easier to clean.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Oct 20 - 12:38 AM

DRUNKS' EXPRESS © John Warner 6/04/93

I'll tell you all of the roaring day,
    In Korumburra town on a Friday.
From Jeetho out to Jumbunna way
Folks came in for to spend their pay
    In Korumburra town on a Friday.
The lads knocked off at the mining site,
To shop and gossip, drink and fight
From four o'clock till around midnight,
    In Korumburra town on a Friday.

    And it's 'Oh my darlin' Clementine',
    As the Drunks' Express lurches up the line,
    Taking the lads back to Outtrim Mine
    From Korumburra town on a Friday.

Now you could see it from the train ...
The miner's friend, the council's bane,
The sly grog shanty run by Kane ...
Now Old Kane was a cunning coot,
His whiskey source still in dispute,
And girls were there of strange repute ...

At one of the pubs where the miners meet ...
Comes the sound of voices raised in heat,
And a body hurled out onto the street ...
The body lies there, out for ten,
It looks like young Joe Kane again,
You shouldn't argue with mining men ...

Eleven o'clock and they close the bars ...
The drunks are singing to the moon and stars
As they pack them into the railway cars ...
Tomorrow they'll wake up sore and sick,
To work off with the shovel and pick,
The aches they've earned and the wounds they lick ...

The case is heard at ten o'clock ...
Now hear the courtroom gavel knock,
For young Joe Kane standing in the dock ...
Says Judge, 'A ten bob fine I think,
Or thirty days in the local clink,
For the things you did when worse for drink ...


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Oct 20 - 12:33 AM

WILLIAM CONQUEST TURLAND another excellent song from John Warner (1995)

William Turland was a magnificent character who made his place in the history of Lambing Flat by pick and shovel: the first to pave the streets in front of his business, to plant shade-trees on the street, a baker, blacksmith, farrier, horsecoper and hotel owner, with a subtle touch at the sly grog still. The impression we gained of Hannah was of an equal and powerful influence. This story, from early in their lives, was told to John by Pat Emmett who was particularly moved by it. The town of Lambing Flat is now known as Young. The tune is a version of the Scarborough Settler's Laments.


I'm William Conquest Turland, and when I was young and bold,
I left old Market Harborough to mine Australian gold.
I saw the rebel banner hoist, the fight at Ballarat,
And I loved and married Hannah in the town of Lambing Flat.

I forged the picks, I shoed the hacks, I laboured in the heat,
My Hannah bore two children, we thought our joy complete,
Then gold was found at Grenfell, the Lachlan side nor'west,
And so, like fools drawn to a snare, we followed with the rest.

But fever took the children, their skins were clammy wet.
It turned like iron in the heart to hear them moan and fret.
We washed them, cooled them, prayed for them, and ached to hear their cries;
At length a sullen silence fell and the bitter drone of flies.

I dug two graves beside the creek where old Dick's bridge now stands,
And I can still feel Hannah's grasp a-trembling in my hands,
The road ahead holds children, home and labour, land and friend,
But I held Hannah, sobbing hard, where one road found its end.

So let the Lachlan keep its gold or others make their pile.
We'll go no further down this track, but tend their graves the while,
For earth can yield no fairer prize, however rich the lode
Than the wealth we gave back to the soil along the Grenfell road.


mudcatter Daniel Kelly singing William Conquest Turland


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 21 Oct 20 - 11:24 PM

Bugger, I did it again today and yesterday - I cleared web data after banking and forgot to log in again. Most of the 'Guest' posts to this thread are from yours truly. I will attempt to do better.

Another fine song from Bob McNeill with Kenny Rich, a Scot from Orkney who also made NZ home. The duo performed and recorded as Ben the Hoose. Their focus was mainly on Scottish traditional dance music. A note on the sleeve of their album 'a little cascade':

The people here are Scots. They stopped here on their way to heaven, thinking they had arrived.Mark Twain in NZ 1895.

NORWAY YAWL
(Bob McNeill)

There were men that my father knew
Worked oars as well as a plough
Strong men who came home like the waves on the shore
But these old men are all gone now

The Norway yawls lie tattered and broken
On the earth where these old men now lie
They have earned their sleep but I would keep hold
Of the life that with them has died

Chorus:
And there are no men left in Derry
None in Donegal
There are no men left on Islay
Build me a Norway yawl

They fished the grounds off Ardara
Took the herring from off Tory Isle
But the old men have all gone now
And we can't believe our time

Chorus

We have not the life of the fisherman
And our hardships are nothing besides
Our hands are not battered and frozen
Upon oars opposing the tide

Chorus

Ran the yawls from St John's to Port Ellen
Rathlin, Port Stewart and Glengad
Tory and Derry and Moville between
The lines that are part of our past

Chorus

Youtube clip

Note by Ben the Hoose:

The Norway yawls were open fishing boats built on the north coast of Ireland and inshore Scottish islands. The boats vanished from the water in the 1950s but are often seen on the coast, used as sheep shelters and the like. Donal MacPolin described the men who crewed them as 'the last waves on the seashore'.

Additional info:

In the case of the Norway yawl, these boats were entirely open and double-ended, that is sharp at both stem and stern. Dimensions for this type varied slightly, but they usually had a keel length of 18-20 feet with a beam of 5.5-6 feet. (McCaughan, 1982, 178) The yawls were primarily used for line fishing and rowed with four oars but often set a lug or sprit sail. (Joe McClean, oral evidence) Norway yawls were regarded as safe, service-able boats and could be easily hauled out of the water by two men. (Malcolm Collins, oral evidence) As the name suggests these boats were imported direct from Norway but were modified in Ireland by the addition of one or two 'strakes'. (McCaughan, 1982, 176) Commentators have suggested that by the 1840's these boats were in some areas coming to the end of their working lives. The explanation was believed to lie in the decline of the timber trade with Norway brought on by raising duties on Baltic timber. (Davis, 1979, 46) This effected the shipment of Norway yawls as they were brought in with the timber cargoes.
From here

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Oct 20 - 09:48 PM

CLAIR
(W.Evans/Trad)

The diggings are silent, the miners have gone
Far away, far away, far away, who knows where
But I cling to the silence where once the sun shone
On my dear love, my true love, my own love, my Clair
    
It’s wicked for women whose menfolk seek gold
Far away, far away, far away in the wild
In the scorch of the summer and winter’s sharp cold
With my family, my dear wife, and my only child
    
Our shanty was sacking on a mulga wood frame
Far away, far away, far away city lights
But my Clair made it homely and she never complained
Of the hardships, discomfort and darkness and frights
    
My little one faded, my Clair also died
Far away, far away, far away without aid
For my gold fever killed them, I sat and I cried
For their pardon, with sorrow, for long I have paid
     
Now the diggings are silent, I stay here alone
Far away, far away, far away with my Clair
And the gold that I glean gilds the roughly hewn stone
For my whole life, my Clair, and my dear child lie there

Recitation of poem by Wendy Evans with instrumental backing:

Youtube clip

--Stewie. 


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 21 Oct 20 - 08:44 PM

A PROUDER MAN THAN YOU
(Henry Lawson)

If you fancy that your people came of better stock than mine
If you hint of higher breeding by a word or by a sign
If you're proud because of fortune or the clever things you do
Then I'll play no second fiddle: I'm a prouder man than you

If you think that your profession has the more gentility
And that you are condescending to be seen along with me
If you notice that I'm shabby while your clothes are spruce and new
You have only got to hint it: I'm a prouder man than you

If you have a swell companion when you see me on the street
And you think that I'm too common for your toney friend to meet
So that I, in passing closely, fail to come within your view
Then be blind to me for ever: I'm a prouder man than you

If your character be blameless, if your outward past be clean
While 'tis known my antecedents are not what they should have been
Do not risk contamination, save your name whatever you do
`Birds o' feather fly together': I'm a prouder bird than you

Keep your patronage for others, gold and station cannot hide
Friendship that can laugh at fortune, friendship that can conquer pride
Offer this as to an equal -- let me see that you are true
And my wall of pride is shattered: I am not so proud as you

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 21 Oct 20 - 08:19 PM

Sandra, R-J sent me a copy of your list. Many thanks. Here is a link to Schumann's rendition of 'Second class wait here'.

John Schumann & Vagabonds

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Oct 20 - 05:22 AM

Bluey Brink from Mark Gregory's Australian Folk Songs

There once was a shearer by name Bluey Brink
A devil for work and a terror for drink
He could shear a full hundred each day without fear
And drink without winking four gallons of beer

Now Jimmy the barman who served out the drink
He hated the sight of this here Bluey Brink
Who stayed much too late and who came much too soon
At morning, at evening, at night and at noon

One day as Jimmy was cleaning the bar
With sulphuric acid he kept in a jar
Along comes this shearer a bawling with thirst
Saying whatever you've got Jim just give me the first

Now it aint in the history, you wont find it in print
But that shearer drunk acid with never a wink
Saying that's the stuff Jimmy why strike me stone dead
This'll make me the ringer of Stephenson's shed

All through that long day as he served up the beer
Poor Jimmy was sick with his trouble and fear
Too anxious to argue too worried to fight
He saw that poor shearer a corpse in his fright

But early next morning when he opened the door
Well there was that shearer a yelling for more
With his eyebrows all singed and his whiskers deranged
And holes in hide hide like a dog with the mange.

Says Jimmy and how did you find the new stuff?
Says Bluey it's fine but I've not had enough
It gives me great courage to shear and to fight
But why does that stuff set me whiskers alight?

I thought I knew grog, but I must have been wrong
The stuff that you gave me was proper and strong
It set me to coughing and you know I'm no liar
But every damn cough set me whiskers on fire

video by 4 Bush Music Club members led by Doug (who was born in America in case you noticed his accent!)


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Oct 20 - 05:09 AM

Henry Lawson - On The Night Train

Have you seen the bush by moonlight, from the train, go running by?
Blackened log and stump and sapling, ghostly trees all dead and dry;
Here a patch of glassy water; there a glimpse of mystic sky?
Have you heard the still voice calling — yet so warm, and yet so cold:
“I’m the Mother-Bush that bore you! Come to me when you are old”

Did you see the Bush below you sweeping darkly to the Range,
All unchanged and all unchanging, yet so very old and strange!
While you thought in softened anger of the things that did estrange?
Did you hear the Bush a-calling, when your heart was young and bold:
“I’m the Mother-Bush that nursed you; come to me when you are old"

In the cutting or the tunnel, out of sight of stock or shed,
Did you hear the grey Bush calling from the pine-ridge overhead:
“You have seen the seas and cities — all is cold to you, or dead —
All seems done and all seems told, but the grey-light turns to gold!
I’m the Mother-Bush that loves you — come to me now you are old”

Henry's last poem

my favourite version On the night train, download here from Chloe & Jason's website support live music!

Slim Dusty's version on youtube


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Oct 20 - 04:50 AM

SECOND CLASS WAIT HERE by Henry Lawson, 1899 (tune Tony Miles, 1981 as sung by Margaret Walters on "For the Future and the Past")

On suburban railway stations - you may see them as you pass
There are signboards on the platforms saying, 'Wait here second class';
And to me the whirr and thunder and the cluck of running gear
Seem to be for ever saying, saying 'Second class wait here'

Chorus -
Wait here second class, second class wait here
Seem to be for ever saying, saying 'Second class wait here

And the second class were waiting in the days of serf and prince,
And the second class are waiting - they've been waiting ever since.
There are gardens in the background, and the line is bare and drear,
Yet they wait beneath a signboard, sneering 'Second class wait here'

I have waited oft in winter, in the mornings dark and damp,
When the asphalt platform glistened underneath the lonely lamp.
Ghastly on the brick-faced cutting 'Sellum's Soap' and 'Blower's Beer;
Ghastly on enamelled signboards with their 'Second class wait here'

And the others seemed like burglars, slouched and muffled to the throats,
Standing round apart and silent in their shoddy overcoats,
And the wind among the wires, and the poplars bleak and bare,
Seemed to be for ever snarling, snarling 'Second class wait there'

Out beyond the further suburb, 'neath a chimney stack alone,
Lay the works of Grinder Brothers, with a platform of their own;
And I waited there and suffered, waited there for many a year,
Slaved beneath a phantom signboard, telling our class to wait here.

Ah! a man must feel revengeful for a boyhood such as mine.
God! I hate the very houses near the workshop by the line;
And the smell of railway stations, and the roar of running gear,
And the scornful-seeming signboards, saying 'Second class wait here'

There's a train with Death for driver, which is ever going past,
And there are no class compartments, and we all must go at last
To the long white jasper platform with an Eden in the rear;
And there won't be any signboards, saying 'Second class wait here'


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Oct 20 - 04:41 AM

Poor Dim Sally is no. 342, & I'll send you the list.

Australia's greatest song AS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED in The Bacchus Marsh Express Sat 15th December, 1891 - note the last line was bowdlerised, so please sing the proper word in the famous version!!

THE BARE BELLED EWE by C.C. of Eynesbury, Nov. 20, (tune - Ring the bell, Watchman)

Oh, down at the catching pen an old shearer stands,
Grasping his shears in his long bony hands ;
Fixed is his gaze on a bare belled ewe,
Saying " If I can only get her, won't I make the ringer go."

Click goes his shears; click, click, click.
Wide are the blows, and his hand is moving quick,
The ringer looks round, for he lost it by a blow,
And he curses that old shearer with the bare belled ewe.

At the end of the board, in a cane bottomed chair,
The boss remains seated with his eyes everywhere ;
He marks well each fleece as it comes to the screen,
And he watches where it comes from if not taken off clean.

The "colonial experience" is there of course.
With his silver buckled leggings, he's just off his horse ;
With the air of a connoiseur he walks up the floor ;
And he whistles that sweet melody, "I am a perfect cure."

"So master new chum, you may now begin,
Muster number seven paddock, bring the sheep all in ;
Leave none behind you, whatever you do,
And then we'll say you'r fit to be a Jackeroo."

The tar boy is there, awaiting all demands,
With his black tarry stick, in his black tarry hands.
He sees an old ewe, with a cut upon the back,
He hears what he supposes is--" Tar here, Jack."

"Tar on the back, Jack; Tar, boy, tar."
Tar from the middle to both ends of the board.
Jack jumps around, for he has no time to sleep,
And tars the shearer's backs as well as the sheep.

So now the shearing's over, each man has got his cheque,
The hut is as dull as the dullest old wreck ;
Where was many a noise and bustle only a few hours before,
Now you can hear it plainly if a pin fall on the floor.

The shearers now are scattered many miles and far ;
Some in other sheds perhaps, singing out for "tar."
Down at the bar, there the old shearer stands,
Grasping his glass in his long bony hands.

Saying "Come on, landlord, come on, come !
I'm shouting for all hands, what's yours--mine's a rum ;"
He chucks down his cheque, which is collared in a crack,
And the landlord with a pen writes no mercy on the back !

His eyes they were fixed on a green painted keg,
Saying " I will lower your contents, before I move a peg."
His eyes are on the keg, and are now lowering fast ;
He works hard, he dies hard, and goes to heaven at last.

C. C. Eynesbury, Nov. 20, 1891.

As performed on ABC Landline by Jason & Chloe Roweth in 2014 after Mark Gregory discovered the original on TROVE. Jason reported that after the filming the shearers suggested Mr Folksinger join them shearing, thinking he was just a city folksinger, but he has worked in a shearing shed & done a little (tiny) bit of shearing.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 11:25 PM

I can recommend, Stewie, a good Pommy show I just watched last night on YT (don't recall it being on Oz TV), based on a 1920s true story, called "Dandelion Dead" in 2 Eps over less than 4 hours, but starring the always EXcellent Michael Kitchen & Sarah Miles!!! People are still, to this day, debating whether the main man was guilty or not ......

I will return to song posts on this thread, but I seem to have found a few more urgent things to do!

But I wonder whether Joe could be persuaded to amend the thread title to include reference to New Zealand???

And if the excellent Sandra in Sydney could be persuaded to update the Song Listing??!!


Cheers, R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 10:40 PM

My apologies, the video linked in my previous post is not the Mike Harding to whom I was referring. I was referring to the pommy Mike Harding. I'm losing it. I think I'll go downstairs into the air-conditioning with my dog and watch a pommy police drama dvd.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 10:30 PM

Seems like I'm on my Pat. Never mind - onwards. Another cracker from the wonderful Kath Tait.

POOR DIM SALLY
(Kath Tait)

Poor dim Sally from old Vim valley
She was taken in by the Moonies
Her friends said they would rather be dead
Than sucked in by a bunch of loonies
Her mother cried and her father nearly died
To see their Sally being hypnotised
And listening to strange philosophical lies
And giving all her money to the guru

While dancing to the tune of the Reverend Moon
Sally was benevolent and breezy
But it made her sad to see her mum and her dad
Being hypnotised by the TV
And giving all their money to the politicians
Who wasted it all on their greedy ambitions
And Sally was obsessed by her dubious position
Enlisting more disciples for the guru

Poor dim Sally from old Vim valley
She went knocking on doors
Explaining her views and proclaiming the news
And naming the Moonies' laws
When she came upon a mysterious charmer
Who appeared at the door in his pink pajama
And talked her into following the Dalai Lama
And that's how she was rescued from the Moonies

Sally took a ferry to a monastery
Where upon she shaved her head.
Her mother cried and her father said , 'Why
Is our Sally so easily led?'
The deprogrammers came to unravel her brain
But their threats and bribes were all in vain,
And her poor mother she did proclaim
Why can't we all just be nice Presbyterians

Now poor dim Sally from old Vim valley
Was told to spend eleven days fasting
But her need for food was so basic and crude
And she really wasn't very good at lasting
When they found her hiding behind a tree
With a marmite sandwich and a cup of tea
She said,’I wouldn't be a failure spiritually
If I was the leader of my very own religion’

So she became the guru of her own fringe sect
She got all of the money and all of the respect
And she made her disciples swear an oath
To eat their way to spiritual growth
Have another sausage roll, have another cream bun
She said sitting there on her big fat bum
They said, ‘We’ll all be saved from being eternally glum
In Sally's own original religion’

Kath’s note:

Having been involved in a disreputable fringe sect when I was much younger, I decided to read a few sociological studies on the phenomenon. I discovered that they are all much the same, they all involve some sort of guru/con-artist and they all end up committing some kind of abuse involving sex or money. I have learnt the hard way that you have to be your own guru.

Vim is a bathroom cleaning powder. The phrase Vim valley is a common New Zealand term describing a squeaky clean suburb where people behave a bit like they do in household appliance advertisements.

Mike Harding covered the song. I always fondly remember Mike's visit to Darwin on his Australian tour back in the day. At his gun turret concert, he said that visiting Darwin was like living in someone's sweaty sock. A fair comment - the humidity here at the moment is horrendous.

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 19 Oct 20 - 09:37 PM

I don't know where those ?s came from. Anyhow, the lyrics are there.

A song about the possible inspiration for Miss Havisham:

THE BALLAD OF ELIZA EMILY DONNITHORNE
(J.Armstrong)

She stands at the window watching the carriages
Approaching the house in the spring of the year
She smiles at the people hurrying everywhere
Lovely Eliza’s wedding draws near
In the fine mansion in King St in Newtown
Beautiful ladies, some haughty, some gay
With horses and carriages, the cream of old Sydney Town
Lovely Eliza gets married today

Over the fireplace, a portrait in oils
Old Judge Donnithorne looks kindly down
Sees his young daughter, the flower of Sydney Town
Looking lovelier than ever in her wedding gown
But something is wrong - the smiles are fading
The hours are passing, the people must go
Eliza still stands and she looks from her window
Waiting in tears for the man she loves so

The table is set still, the places are counted
But gone are the people so laughing and gay
The gifts are unopened and tired of waiting
The beautiful wedding cake crumbles away
The old house is closed now, the windows are shuttered
Nobody leaves and nobody comes near
Eliza grows old now but still in her wedding dress
She faithfully waits for her love to appear

Thirty years pass now - the waiting is over
Six fine black horses await at the door
The beautiful carriage is decked in black ribbons
Lovely Eliza will wait here no more
She’s seeking a new world to search for her lover
If she will find him nobody can tell
She’s a young girl again, happy and carefree
Eliza Emily Donnithorne farewell

Youtube clip

Eliza Emily Donnithorne

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 19 Oct 20 - 09:18 PM

I OWE YOU
(Paul Metsers)

Have you still got those pages?
From friends of days gone by
Their words, in paper cages
?Came winging through the sky?
Or did you make some bargain?
That one day you would rue
?Like the hasty note the gambler wrote
The loser’s I.O.U.

It seems the days are speeding
The time it strips the bone?
The snow it falls beside the wall
And follows winter’s moan
And through the crystal window
The ever-changing hue?
The years decline, the debt is mine
How will I pay my due

I.O.U. for mystery
?I.O.U. for colour
?I.O.U. for children?
Born in love and labour
And I.O.U. for letting go
When parting needs must sever
And I.O.U. for holding on
I.O.U. forever

They say no one’s an island
That each on some depends
But lonely hearts and silence
Make such bitter friends
For to have your own true lover
Is to live in fortune’s glow
But try as you may, you’ll never pay
Your lover what you owe

I.O.U. for mystery
?I.O.U. for colour?
I.O.U. for children
?Born in love and labour
And I.O.U. for letting go
When parting needs must sever
And I.O.U. for holding on
I.O.U. forever

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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

Another fine Kiwi singer/songwriter with a song about an incident on Norfolk Island in the 1840s.

EMILY BAY
(Andrew London)

Johnny was a wild one, got sent down
Seven years hard in Sydney Town
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ayElizabeth cried on the dock, says he,
‘You’re a good girl, Lizzie, don’t you wait for me’
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay

Johnny was a thief, he was quicker than some
Got caught with a bottle of the captain’s rum
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay

Judge said, ‘I can turn a hard man around
You can do your time out in Kingston Town’
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay
Johnny said, ‘ Well you can cut a chain for me
But I’ll curse your eyes till the day that I’m free
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay

Johnny took a hundred till the blood ran black
And the chaplain said, ‘That’s a dead man’s back’
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay

Jackie said, ‘Now brother come along with me
Gonna kill me a copper been a-worryin’ me’
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay
Johnny said, ‘Well Jack I been a thinkin’ just the same’
And they got three more before the soldiers came
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay

The commandant said, ‘You’re gonna hang this morn
And England’s sorry that you ever been born
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay

Johnny was a wild one, got sent down
He never did a year in Kingston Town
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay
Elizabeth cried on the day she read
He was thrown in a hole, not a prayer was said
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay

And on the Murderers’ Mound, you can hear his plea:
‘You’re a good girl, Lizzie, don’t you wait for me’
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay

Youtube clip

Bob McNeill does a lovely cover of the song with Gillian Boucher on fiddle:

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--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 19 Oct 20 - 07:43 PM

R-J, thanks for the correction. I don't have the album. I would have sworn it was Lloyd singing. It must be deliberate on Shearston's part.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 19 Oct 20 - 02:39 AM

Stew, I have to disagree with the label of A.L.Lloyd singing "The Murrumbidgee Shearer" that you linked to - it is definitely Gary Shearston in his folk-sheep-shearing-Lloyd style of singing, as on that whole LP of "The Springtime It Brings on the Shearing"!!
I still have my LP and absolutely loved it years ago :)

Cheers, R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 18 Oct 20 - 08:43 PM

THE MARYBOROUGH MINER

Come all you sons of liberty and listen to my song
I'll tell you my observations and it won't take very long
I've fossicked around this continent, five hundred miles or more
And many's the time I might have starved but for the cheek I bore

I've been on all the diggings, boys, from famous Ballarat
I've long-tommed on the Lachlan, and I've fossicked Lambing Flat
So you can understand, my boys, just from my little rhyme
I'm a Maryborough miner and I'm one of the good old time

I came to the Fitzroy River, all with my Bendigo rig
I had a shovel, a pick and a pan, and for a licence I begged
But the assay man called me a loafer, said for work I'd no desire
And so to do him justice, boys, I set his office on fire

Oh yes, my jolly jokers, I've done it on the cross
Although I carry my bluey now, I've sweated many a horse
I've helped to rob the escort of many an ounce of gold
And the traps have trailed upon my tail more times than I've ever told

Oh yes, the traps have trailed me and been frightened out of their stripes
They never could have caught me for, they feared my cure for gripes
And well they knew I carried it, for they had often seen it
Glistening in my flipper, chaps, my patent pill machine

I'm one of the men who cradled on the reef at Tarrangower
Anxiety and misery my grim companions there
I puddled the clay at Bendigo and I chanced my arm at Kew
And I wound up my avocation with ten years on Cockatoo.

A.L. Lloyd collected this mining version of 'The Murrumbidgee Shearer' from Bob Bell in Condobolin in 1934.

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 18 Oct 20 - 08:17 PM

THE MURRUMBIDGEE SHEARER

Come all you jolly natives and I'll relate to you
Some of my observations adventures too a few
I've travelled about the country for miles full many a score
And oft-times would have hungered but for the cheek I bore

I've coasted on the Barwon low down the Darling too
I've been on the Murrumbidgee and out on the Paroo
I've been on all the diggings boys from famous Ballarat
I've loafed upon the Lachlan and fossicked Lambing Flat

I went up to a squatter and asked him for a feed
But the knowledge of my hunger was swallowed by his greed
He said I was a loafer and for work had no desire
And so to do him justice I set his shed on fire

Oh yes I've touched the shepherd's hut of sugar, tea, and flour
And a tender bit of mutton I always could devour
I went up to a station and there I got a job
Plunged in the store and hooked it with a very tidy lob

Oh, yes my jolly dandies I've done it on the cross
Although I carry bluey now I've sweated many a horse
I've helped to ease the escort of many's the ounce of gold
The traps have often chased me more times than can be told

Oh yes the traps have chased me and been frightened of their stripes
They never could have caught me they feared my cure for gripes
And well they knew I carried it which they had often seen
A-glistening in my flipper chaps a patent pill machine

I've been hunted like a panther into my mountain lair
Anxiety and misery my grim companions there
I've planted in the scrub my boys and fed on kangaroo
And wound up my avocations by ten years on Cockatoo

So you can understand my boys just from this little rhyme
I'm a Murrumbidgee shearer and one of the good old time

From Paterson's 'Old Bush Songs'. This video supposedly has the singing of Gary Shearston, but actually it is Bert Lloyd:

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 18 Oct 20 - 07:28 PM

TUAPECKA GOLD
(Phil Garland)

'Twas in the year of sixty-two as near as I can guess
When I left my dear old hometown in trouble and distress
My family didn't want me I was left out in the cold
Until I started searching for the Tuapeka gold

The day I left Dunedin I could not help but cry
For not one single person came to bid myself goodbye
So I set off on my journey and soon I did behold
The hills that were covered with the Tuapeka gold

When some six months later I came back to my home town
Carrying the fortune that I'd taken from the ground
Strange to say my old friends turned out to say hello
But I knew all they were after was my Tuapeka gold.

The other day while walking I met young Maggie Brown
Who once took all my money while I was sleeping sound
Says she, 'Come to my bedside, we'll be lovers as of old'
But says I, You don't love me but my Tuapeka gold'

So come all you bold young fellows and attend to my advice
And don't trust man nor woman 'til you've looked them over twice
I've travelled for experience and many a time been sold
Ah-ha, but this time they won't get me nor my Tuapeka gold

See also 'Bright Fine Gold' posted above on 30 September. Gabriel Read discovered a large deposit of alluvial gold along the Tuapecka River in Otago in May 1861. Within a week of his reporting the find to authorities in Dunedin, a city of tents appeared along the banks of the Tuapecka.

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--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Oct 20 - 05:39 AM

OLD PALMER SONG (Traditional) Above/below. From Wikipedia;

Ten Thousand Miles Away is a sea shanty whose writing and composition are attributed to Joseph B. Geoghegan. In his Shanties from the Seven Seas Hugill says that this was originally a shore ballad sung by street singers in Ireland in the early nineteenth century. Later it became a popular music hall number. The Scottish Student's Song Book gives the author as "J. B. Geoghegan". This is Joseph Bryan Geoghegan (c. 1816 – 1889) who was manager of the Star and Museum Music Hall in Bolton, Lancashire.

The song is numbered 1778 in the Roud Folk Song Index and it has been passed from singer to singer as a traditional shanty. The figure of "ten thousand miles" could well refer to the distance between England and Australia, and the separation of the lovers arises because the singer's lover has been transported.

So blow the winds, Heigh-ho; A roving I will go,
I'll stay no more on England's shore, So let the music play!
I'll start by the morning train, To cross the raging main,
For I'm on the move to my own true love, Ten thousand miles away.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 17 Oct 20 - 11:22 PM

OLD PALMER SONG
(Traditional)

The wind is fair and free, my boys, the wind is fair and free
The steamer's course is north, my boys, and the Palmer we will see
The Palmer we will see, my boys, and Cooktown's muddy shore
Where I've been told there's lots of gold, I'll stay down south no more

Chorus
So, blow ye winds, heigho
A-digging I will go
I'll stay no more down south, my boys
So let the music play
In spite of what I'm told
I'm off in search of gold
I'll make a push for that new rush
A thousand miles away

They say the blacks are troublesom and spear both horse and man
The rivers are all wide and deep, no bridges them do span
No bridges them do span, my boys, and so you'll have to swim
But never fear the yarns you hear, and gold you're sure to win

So let us make a move, my boys, for that new promised land
And do the best we can, my boys, to lend a helping hand
To lend a helping hand, my boys, where the soil is rich and new
In spite of the blacks and unknown tracks, we'll show what we can do

The song may be found at the 28 minute mark of the video of the Rafferty Band album. It's great to hear the voice of the late Chris Buch leading the song. The Palmer is about 160 km from Cooktown in north Queensland.

Youtube

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 17 Oct 20 - 10:43 PM

LEATHERMAN
(Anon)

I'm a stockman and my work is droving cattle
With my whip and dog, I set them at a rattle
Droving down the dusty road
I'm the roughest kind o' bloke you'll ever know

Chorus:
Jog along, jog along, jog along, leatherman
In the wind and in the rain, driving cattle for the can

At night I just sleep underneath a tree
There's no feather mattress poster-bed for me
Ridin' 'till I'm saddle worn
I'm the roughest kind o' bloke 'twas ever born

In the early morning when the sun is up
I roll up me swag and whistle to me pup
Go in Darkie, bite their tails
Go back them up along the dusty trail

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 17 Oct 20 - 10:27 PM

WIND IN THE TUSSOCK
(Phil Garland)

Chorus:
There's snow on the hills and frost in the gullies
Where winters are keen and the air tastes like wine
My heart feels the pull of the wind in the tussock
Calling me back to the mountains again

The scent of the speargrass is drawing my heart in
As I long again for the High Country air
The wind in the tussock is calling me homewards
To the valleys and ridges that I love so dear

There's a fragrance in the tussock fire as it's burning
Wisps of smoke curling up to the sky
The dew in the dawning of a clear spring morning
As the sun warms the tops all white skiffed with snow

There's pleasure in working the snow crested mountains
In boiling a billy and watching stars fall
To be lost in a world remote from the city
With the mist far below like a great rolling sea

When the old man nor-wester blows hot down the valley
Reminds me of a girl that I knew long ago
Her hair was as fair as the snowgrass in summer
Breaking my heart when she drifted away

There are dreams in the twilight of long autumn evenings
When the embers of memory still flicker and fade
The tussock reflecting the deep golden sunset
Gently caressed by the evening breeze

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 17 Oct 20 - 10:03 PM

ACROSS THE WESTERN SUBURBS
(Denis Kevans & Seamus Gill)

Tune: traditional 'All for Me Grog'

Oh, me name it is Fred
I'm Sydney born and bred
And the inner-city used to be me home, boys
But it's caused me heart to grieve
For I've had to take me leave
Now across the western suburbs I must wander

Chorus:
Under concrete and glass
Sydney's disappearing fast
It's all gone for profit and for plunder
Though we really want to stay
They keep driving us away
Now across the western suburbs we must wande

Now where is me house,
Me little terrace house
It's all gone for profit and for plunder
For the wreckers of the town
Just came up and knocked it down;
Now across the Western Suburbs we must wander

Before I even knew it
We were shifted to Mount Druitt
And the planners never gave me any say, boys
Now it really makes me weep
I am just at home to sleep
For it takes me hours to get to work each day, boys

What's happened to the pub
Our little local pub
Where we used to have a drink when we were dry, boys
Now we can't get in the door
For there's carpets on the floor
And you won't be served a beer without a tie, boys

Now I'm living in a box
In the west suburban blocks
And the place is nearly driving me to tears, boys
Poorly planned and badly built
And it's mortgaged to the hilt
But they say it will be mine in forty years, boys

Now before the city's wrecked
Those developers must be decked
For it's plain to see they do not give a bugger
Or we soon will see the day
If those bandits have their way
We will all be driven out past Wagga Wagga

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 17 Oct 20 - 09:43 PM

MARY CALLED HIM MISTER
(H.Lawson/J.Armstrong)

They’d parted just a year ago - she’d thought he’d ne’er come back
She stammered, blushed, held out her hand and called him 'Mister Mack'
How could he know that all the while she longed to murmur, 'John'?
He called her 'Miss le Brook' and asked how she was getting on

They’d parted just a year before; they’d loved each other well
But he’d been down to Sydney since and come back such a swell
They longed to meet in fond embrace, they hungered for a kiss,
But Mary called him 'Mister' and the idiot called her 'Miss'

He paused, and leaned against the door - a stupid chap was he
And when she asked if he’d come in and have a cup of tea
He looked to left, he looked to right, and then he glanced behind
And slowly doffed his cabbage-tree and said he didn’t mind

She made a shy apology because the meat was tough
Then asked if he was quite quite sure the tea was sweet enough
He stirred his tea and sipped it twice, and answered 'plenty quite'
And cut himself a slice of beef and said that it was 'right'

She glanced at him at times and coughed an awkward little cough
He stared at anything but her and said 'I must be off'
That evening he went riding north - a sad and lonely ride
She locked herself inside her room and sat her down and cried

They’d parted but a year before; they’d loved each other well
But she was such a country girl and he’d grown such a swell
They longed to meet in fond embrace, they hungered for a kiss
But Mary called him 'Mister' and the idiot called her 'Miss'

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 17 Oct 20 - 09:26 PM

R-J, lyrics and music for 'Daisy Bates' were composed by Chris Armstrong of the Cobbers. I don't have any other songs specifically about Daisy Bates.

NED KELLY'S FAREWELL TO GRETA

Farewell to home in Greta, to my sister Kate farewell
It grieves my heart to leave you, but here I must not dwell
They placed a price upon my head, my hands are stained with gore
And I must roam the forest wild within the Australian shore

But if they cross my chequered path, for all I hold on earth
I'll give them cause to rue the day their mothers gave them birth
I'll shoot them down like carrion crows that roam our country wide
And leave their bodies bleaching upon some woodland side

Oh, Edward, dearest brother, surely you would not go
So rashly to encounter with such a mighty foe
Now don’t you know that Sydney and Melbourne are combined
And for your apprehension Ned, there are warrants duly signed

To eastward lies great Bogong, towering to the sky
From east to west and then you’ll find that Gippsland’s lying by
You know the country well dear Ned, go take your comrades there
And profit by your knowledge of the wombat and the bear

And let no childish quarrels cause trouble in the gang
Bear up with one another, Ned, and guard my brother Dan
See, yonder ride four troopers. One kiss before we part
Now haste and join your comrades, Dan, Joe Byrne and Steve Hart

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 17 Oct 20 - 05:49 AM

Daisy Bates
as sung by Cobbers Bush Band; composed by ??

Oh Daisy, if they’d only heard the things you had to say
How differently we might have read the history of your day
But what was one white woman’s word against the whole white nation
Alone you could not stem the tide of our civilisation.

Our bureaucratic government could never understand
The beauty of the culture of the people of this land
Simplicity was far beyond the white man’s complex mind
And to the beauty of your love he was completely blind.

He couldn’t see that in his own uneducated way
The aborigine might have some worthwhile things to say
The time had come for him to get a decent education
That he became a token white was our main obligation.

So why waste time in listening to you who lived with them
Your whole eccentric lifestyle was a reason to condemn
A woman of the wilderness who shunned society
To live beneath the desert sun with aborigines.

But, even so, for fifty years you fought against the odds
While ignorant white leaders played their game of being gods
And if you eased the suffering of one among their race
Your life has served to counteract a part of our disgrace.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-o-4N0JIgc

I had meant to post this a few weeks back!

I thought there’d be more info about Kabbarli (Daisy Bates) online. The 60minute documentary promised on YT turned out to be a 3+ minute clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7_EkDSJ84A

Maybe Stewie has some other songs too??


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 16 Oct 20 - 10:28 PM

A softer side of the breaker:

WHEN STOCK GO BY
(Harry Morant)

Tom rode a bonny dark bay nag
He wore a battered cabbage-tree
And as I filled our water-bag
He came and asked a drink from me

The cattle passed our hometead gate
Beside our well I watched them pass
While dad was in a fearful state
About his water and his grass

Tom said that drink was just like wine
He said my eyes were soft and brown
He said there were no eyes like mine
From Dandaloo to Sydney Town

I watched him with a trembling lip
Yet little thought I then that he
Who asked a drink from me that trip
Would next trip ask my dad for me

Tom's droving days long since are done
The wet tear oft has dimmed my eye
For days when I was woo’d and won
Come back to me when stock go by

Brad Tate put a tune to this little poem:

Youtube clip

Graham Jenkin also put a tune to it. It can be found at page 74 of his 'Great Australian Balladists'.

Both Jenkin and Davies & Ilott omit the second stanza.

The final stanza suggests unhappiness in the marriage. At one stage, Breaker Morant was briefly married to Daisy Bates. My mate Colin Smiley from Perth compiled a themed concert relating to the Morant/Bates relationship which was presented at a Top Half Folk Festival and repeated in Perth.

There is some info on this interesting relationship here:

Breaker and Bates

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 16 Oct 20 - 09:28 PM

THE BRIGALOW BRIGADE
(Harry Morant)

There’s a band of decent fellows
On a cattle run outback
You’ll hear the timber smashing
If you follow in their track
Their ways are rough and hearty
And they call a spade a spade
And a pretty rapid party
Are the Brigalow Brigade

They are mostly short of sugar
And their pockets if turned out
Would scarcely yield the needful
For a decent four-man shout
But they’ll scramble through a tight place
Or a big fence unafraid
And their hearts are in the right place
In the Brigalow Brigade

They’ve painted Parkes vermilion
They’ve coloured Orange blue
They broken lots of top-rails
‘Twixt the sea and Dandaloo
They like their grog and palings
Just as stiff as they are made
These are two little failings
Of the Brigalow Brigade

The Brigalow Brigade are
Fastidious in their taste
In the matter of a maiden
And the inches of her waist
She must be sweet and tender
And her eyes a decent shade
Then her Ma can safely send her
To the Brigalow Brigade

But women, grog and horses
With polo in between
Are mighty potent forces
In keeping purses lean
But the spurs are never rusty
Though they seldom need their aid
For the cuddles ain’t too dusty
In the Brigalow Brigade

Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) is a wattle occurring in inland areas of NSW and Queensland. The Brigalow Brigade refers to stockmen and drovers who worked in remote areas.

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 16 Oct 20 - 08:54 PM

WEST BY NORTH AGAIN
(Harry Morant)

We've drunk our wine, we've kissed our girls and funds are sinking low
The horses must be thinking it's a fair thing now to go
Sling the swags on Condamine and strap the billies fast
And stuff a bottle in the bags and let's be off at last

What matter if the creeks are up - the cash, alas, runs down
A very sure and certain sign we're long enough in town
Old Bobby rides the boko and you'd better take the bay
Quart Pot will do to carry me the stage we go today

No grass this side the border fence and all the mulga's dead
The horses for a day or two will have to spiel ahead
Man never yet from Queensland brought a bullock or a hack
But lost condition on that God-abandoned border track

When once we're through the rabbit-proof - it's certain since the rain
There's whips o' grass and water so it's west by north again
There's feed on Tyson's country - we can spell the mokes a week
Where Billy Stevens last year trapped his brumbies on Bough Creek

The Paroo may be quickly crossed - the Eulo Common's bare
And, anyhow, it isn't wise, old man, to dally there
Alack-a-day, far wiser men than you and I succumb
To woman's wiles, and potency of Queensland wayside rum

Then over sand and spinifex and o'er the ridge and plain
The nags are fresh - besides, they know we’re north by west again
The brand upon old Darkie's thigh is that upon the hide
Of bullocks we must muster on the Diamantina side

We'll light our campfires where we may and yarn beside their blaze
The jingling hobble-chains shall make a music through the days
And while the tuckerbags are right, and we've a stick of weed
A swagman shall be welcome to a pipe-full and a feed

So, fill your pipe and, ere we mount, we'll drink another nip
Here's how that west by north again may prove a lucky trip
Then back again - I trust you'll find your best girl's merry face
Or, if she jilts you, may you get a better in her place

Repeat stanza 1

Youtube clip

Harry 'Breaker' Morant

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 08:27 PM

As sung by Trevor Lucas:

ON THE BANKS OF THE CONDAMINE

Oh hark! The dogs are barking now, I can no longer stay
The men have all gone mustering and it is nearly day
And I must be off in the morning, love, before the sun does shine
To meet the Sydney shearers on the banks of the Condamine

Oh Willie, dearest Willie, oh let me go with you
I'll cut off all of my auburn fringe and I'll be a shearer too
And I'll help you count your tally, love, while ringer-o you shine
And I'll wash your greasy moleskins on the banks of the Condamine

Oh Nancy, dearest Nancy, you know you cannot go
The boss has given his orders, love, no woman shall do so
And your delicate constitution isn't equal unto mine
To stand that constant tigering on the banks of the Condamine

Oh Willie, dearest Willie, then stay at home with me
We'll take up a selection, love, and a farmer's wife I'll be
And I'll help you husk the corn, my love, and I'll cook your meals so fine
You'll forget that ram-stag mutton on the banks of the Condamine

Oh Nancy, dearest Nancy, you know I cannot stay
The men have all gone mustering, I heard the publican say
So here's a goodbye kiss, my love, to homeward I'll incline
When we've shorn the last of the jumbucks on the banks of the Condamine

Youtube clip

Note from Mark Gregory's Australian Folk Songs site:

Folklorist Dr Edgar Waters writes (Australian Tradition Oct 1966) : "The Banks of the Condamine seems to have been one of the most widely distributed bush songs. In recent years it has been reported from singers in northern Victoria and the Northern Territory, and a number of different versions have been recorded in New South Wales and in Queensland. Sometimes the man is going off to a horse-breaking camp rather than a shearing shed. In Victoria, and at least in southern New South Wales, it seems to have been known as 'The Banks of the Riverine', and perhaps this was the original form. The words of 'The Banks of the Condamine' were made over from 'The Banks of the Nile', a British Ballad of the beginning of the nineteenth century."

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 07:42 PM

BUNDABERG RUM
(Bill Scott)

God made the sugar cane grow where it's hot
And teetotal abstainers to grow where it's not
Let the sin bosun warn of perdition to come
We'll drink it and chance it, so bring on the rum

Chorus:
Bundaberg rum, and it's overproof rum
Will tan your inside and grow hair on your bum
Let the blue ribbon beat on his empty old drum
Or his waterlogged belly, but we'll stick to our rum

We're men who drink it, oh yes, men indeed
Of the bushranging hairy-necked olden time breed
We shave with our axes, we dress in old rags
We feed on old boots and we sleep on old bags

Chorus

Dull care flies away when our voices resound
And the grass shrivels up when we spit on the ground
When we finally die and are buried in clay
Our bodies are pickled and never decay

Chorus

On the Morning of Judgment, when the skies are rolled back
We'll stroll from our graves up the long golden track
And our voices will echo throughout kingdom come
As we toast the archangels in Bundaberg rum

Chorus

Source: Graham Jenkin 'Great Australian Balladists' p130.

Youtube clip

Bill Scott

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 07:17 PM

This song is a favourite with Alice Springs folkies.

OLD BAMBOO CHAIR
(Alan Hughes)

He sits on his porch in his old bamboo chair, his old eyes straining to see
The smoke curling up from a campfire so clear as the sun rose on men making tea
He could see the first rays strike the wattle in bloom, he could smell the sweet tang of the trees
Don’t pity this tired old man who is blind for he surely sees more than we see

Chorus:
For he’s been around, he’s walked to the gulf, he’s driven a steer or two
From Barcaldine down to Narromine, he’s seen a lot it’s true
He’s a bushy, a drover, a man of the land, a poet and a sage
Now he sits on his porch in his old bamboo chair for his eyes have died of old age

Now pity is not what this old man needs, he needs time for memories to flow
He can still hear the cracks of the whips in the hills, the snorting of cattle in snow
And the old blue dog running with joy at the heels of the pony he’s had for so long
And young Sandy Duggin edging the herd, crooning the cattle a song

Chorus

His mind wandered back to those days long gone by and the mates that he knew e’er so well
To the stock camps and shearing sheds out to the west on the plains where the summers are hell
To the high country streams with their tinkling sweet wine and mountain ash grow straight and tall
His mind drew him back to a vision sublime, but his eyes would not heed the call

Chorus

Now far, far away from the outer Barcoo in a township down by the sea
This weary old man sits alone on his porch and dreams of black billy tea
And he dreams of returning to those rolling plains where the myall and sheoak still stand
And his heart swells with pride as he recalls his life in that wide and wonderful land

Chorus

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 09:20 AM

thanks, henryp

I've found 3 items in the Meredith collection about the Byrnes siblings, Tom Byrnes, Mary Byrnes and Alf Fuller interviewed by John Meredith & Mary Byrnes interviewed by John Meredith & Mary Byrnes & others interviewed by John Meredith - this one includes The Dandenong

sandra


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 07:34 AM

Andy Irvine sang The Dandenong on his 2013 CD with Rens van der Zalm, Parachilna. In his chorus he changed the phrases “I dream of” to “I long for”.

He noted: The Dandenong, a song that Australian folk singer Kate Burke found in the archives of the National Library of Australia. Collected in 1954 by John Meredith from a Mrs Mary Byrnes, an old lady of Irish descent, the song tells the story of the loss of the Dandenong and most of its passengers during a voyage from Melbourne to Newcastle, NSW in 1876.

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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 09:44 PM

A song from 'Pilbara Connection' relating to an even darker side of the horrendous ill-treatment of Aboriginal people. Editor's note:

Early Western Australian history tells us of slave trading. Aboriginal women out collecting mai (food) were captured by the two Shay Brothers and sold to fishermen at the port of Broome.

THE SHAY BROTHERS
(Laughton/Lambert)

Here's another lubra, Bill
Just push her down the back
Our cart is full of native girls
And who cares if they're black
We've earned some gold this side of Broome
Then brought it to the port
Let's hope this load brings fifty pounds
And none of us gets caught

It's stinking hot around these hills
Those bucks might miss these here
I'd hate to cop a boomerang
Or stop an Abo spear
The horses sweat too much, I guess
Some camels may be best
We'd better get those women there
And we can stop and rest

The sun sinks low in bed of gold
There's thirty miles to sea
I hoped to be in town 'fore dark
... those blacks are after me
You use the gun and kill a few
If someone starts to fight
By looks of faces on our dray
They'd have our guts by night

Another mile, another turn
I need another drink
The water's low - don't give them much
I'm glad they're black, not pink
Yeah! Perfect pearls inside that bay
Are paid to me with price
I'll hand this mob to China Joe
And keep the one that's nice

We've made the grade - a sun-up sale
There's some they train to dive
If we go out again next week
Can we get back alive?
Now shove 'em up ... the stubborn ...cuss!
She bit me on me 'and
I'll use the whip - it keeps them right
To make them understand

Another week - it's time to go
Bought camels from a Jap
I hired a man who's seen some tribe
That's camped along our gap
Hold on, Bill - we're ambushed here
So there's no turning back
I dunno why these blasted blacks
Decided to attack!

Written by V.J. Laughton of South Hedland. Source: pp148-150 'Pilbara Connection' compiled by Roger Montgomery.

I couldn't find anything specifically about the Shay Brothers on the Net, but there is plenty of info about black birding and the pearling industry.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 08:19 PM

TOOK THE CHILDREN AWAY
(Archie Roach)

This story's right, this story's true
I would not tell lies to you
Like the promises they did not keep
And how they fenced us in like sheep
Said to us come take our hand
Sent us off to mission land.
Taught us to read, to write and pray
Then they took the children away
Took the children away
The children away
Snatched from their mother's breast
Said this is for the best
Took them away

The welfare and the policeman
Said you've got to understand
We'll give them what you can't give
Teach them how to really live
Teach them how to live they said
Humiliated them instead
Taught them that and taught them this
And others taught them prejudice
You took the children away
The children away
Breaking their mother’s heart
Tearing us all apart
Took them away

One dark day on Framingham
Came and didn't give a damn
My mother cried go get their dad
He came running, fighting mad
Mother's tears were falling down
Dad shaped up and stood his ground
He said 'You touch my kids and you fight me'
And they took us from our family
Took us away
They took us away
Snatched from our mother's breast
Said this was for the best
Took us away

Told us what to do and say
Told us all the white man's ways
Then they split us up again
And gave us gifts to ease the pain
Sent us off to foster homes
As we grew up we felt alone
Cause we were acting white
Yet feeling black

One sweet day all the children came back
The children came back
The children came back
Back where their hearts grow strong
Back where they all belong
The children came back
Said the children came back
The children came back
Back where they understand
Back to their mother's land
The children come back

Back to their mother
Back to their father
Back to their sister
Back to their brother
Back to their people
Back to their land
All the children came back
The children came back
The children came back
Yes I came back

Youtube clip

The Story

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 01:57 AM

typos noted on my list of 320 songs!


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 12:13 AM

I just noticed another ridiculous typo. In the last line of 'Mile Seven' the word should be 'lonely' not 'money'.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 13 Oct 20 - 09:19 PM

Apologies, in the penultimate line of the first stanza, the word should be 'tinnie' - a can of beer.

--Stewie.


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