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Thread #70028   Message #1192691
Posted By: Sandra in Sydney
24-May-04 - 09:58 AM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: Overlanders
Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Overlanders
the note in Undiscovered Australia says (in rather small print for headachy eyes!!) -

There are at least 4 basic versions of this popular droving song attributed to Phillip "Remos" Somer, the earliest printed in the "Queenslander's New Colonial Camp Fire Song Book" of 1865: this version appeared in 1889 in the "Native Companion Songster". It also has at least 2 tunes, the one used here, collected in the 1930's by singer & folklorist AL Lloyd is a popular dance tune of the day, known as "The king of the Cannibal Islands"; the other is related to the chorus of "Thou Bonny Wood of Craigie-Lea"

Bob, the chorus of the first version is missing a word at the end of the first line. And I haven't checked what I typed, my eyes do not like the tiny print. If I was at work I would have enlarged it on the copier.