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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

        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 !


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.