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Posted By: GUEST,Guest - Anne
15-Mar-04 - 01:51 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Sunshine Jack (NZ drover song)
Subject: Lyr Add: The Drover- NZ tune-some help please
Not certain if I have all the words right in verses 2, 3 and 5.
Can anyone correct any errors? The song is about a New Zealand drover (high-country sheep herding).


                                                 THE DROVER
tune by Mike Moroney, words possibly Bob Brosnan

As Jack McTavish I was born,
With Sunshine Valley as my home,
Estrangement left me all alone,
And I became a drover

CHORUS:
        So it's on your horse and away we'll go
        In summer's heat or winter's snow
        There's whisky at the Dunback Inn
        For any skiving drover (x2)

The first warm-up to pass around,
As I recall we stood our ground,
Depression days, no work around,
Not even for the drover

Then Hitler caused the next affray,
I soldiered till peace came our way,
So out-there land we'd be okay,
Sod the cliffs of Dover !

CHORUS

The Rock and Pillars looking spry,
And my red blood youth has long gone by,
And I've had my fill of Shepherd's Pie,
Still I am the drover.

And if you hear, the eye will drop,
And who's this through the mist they clop,
Comin' from the shrouded tops,
It's the ghost of Jack the Drover.

CHORUS