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28 July 2015 0 Comments

Clear the Track and Let the Bullgine Run (Eliza Lee)

Oh, the smartest clipper you can find. Ah ho Way-oh, are you most done. Is the Marget Evans of the Blue Cross Line. So clear the track, let the Bullgine run. Chorus: Tibby Hey rig a jig in a jaunting car. Ah ho Way-oh, are you most done. With Lizer Lee all on my knee. […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

Billy Riley

Oh Billy Riley, Mister Billy Riley Oh Billy Riley oh Billy Riley, Mister Billy Riley Oh Billy Riley oh Oh Billy Riley was a dancing master Oh Billy Riley oh Billy Riley was a dancing master Oh Billy Riley oh Oh Billy Riley shipped aboard a droger Oh Billy Riley oh… Oh Billy Riley wed […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

Black Leg Miner

It’s in the evening after dark, When the blackleg miner creeps to work, With his moleskin pants and dirty shirt, There goes the blackleg miner! Well he takes his tools and doon he goes To hew the coal that lies below, There’s not a woman in this town-row Will look at the blackleg miner. Oh, […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

Bog Down in the Valley O

O-ro the rattlin’ bog, the bog down in the valley-o A rare bog, a rattlin’ bog, the bog down in the valley-o And in that bog there was a tree, a rare tree, a rattlin’ tree With the tree in the bog And the bog down in the valley-o. Now on that tree there was […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

Back Home in Derry

In 1803 we sailed out to sea Out from the sweet town of Derry For Australia bound if we didn’t all drown And the marks of our fetters we carried In our rusty iron chains we cried for our weans Our good women we left in sorrow As the mainsails unfurled, our curses we hurled […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

The Chinee Bumboat Man

I’ll sing ye a story o’ trouble an’ woe, that’ll cause ye to shudder an’ shiver Concerning a Chinee bumboat man, that sailed Yangtze River He was a heathen o’ high degree, As the joss-house records show His family name was Wing Chang Loo, but the sailors all called him Jim Crow ee-eye-oh ee-eye   […]

1 July 2013 0 Comments

Bonnie Ship the Diamond

The Diamond is a ship, my lads For the Davis Strait we’re bound The quay it is all garnished With bonnie lasses ’round Captain Thompson gives the order To sail the ocean wide Where the sun it never sets, my lads Nor darkness dims the sky Chorus: For it’s cheer up my lads Let your […]

29 April 2012 0 Comments

Foveaux Strait (Bill Hanning’s Lament)

Words: Mike McPhee, Music: Rudy Sunde (c) 2008 Catlins gone, Bill Hanning too Master, mate and all the crew Down in lat’tude 48 Tried to enter Foveaux St Foveaux Strait, Foveaux Strait Cold out there in Foveaux Strait Wind it blows, Bill Hanning knows Cold out there in Foveaux Strait Big seas sweep the Anna’s […]

21 April 2012 0 Comments

Barrett’s Shanty

Written by Grant Dawson In the days of sail before I was born My father sailed around Cape Horn With me uncle through the raging storm With a whaler called Dick Barrett And the harpoon struck home And the line it ran out And the whale gave a flurry with its tail And we lost […]

21 April 2012 0 Comments

Gimme de Banjo

This is the day we make our pay-day, Dance, gal, gimme de banjo! Oh, that banjo, that seven-string banjo, Dance , gal, gimme de banjo! Haul away for Campeachy Bay… Oh, haul away an’ stretch out yer pay-ay… A dollar a day is a buckera’s pay… Oh, bend yer high shoes an’ lavender breeks, boys… […]