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Thread #168402   Message #4069107
Posted By: Stewie
21-Aug-20 - 10:22 PM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
My favourite rendition of another beaut Lawson poem:

Riogh

PAST CARIN’
(Henry Lawson)

Now up and down the siding brown
The great black crows are flyin’
And down below the spur, I know
Another `milker's' dyin';
The crops have withered to the ground,
The tank's clay bed is glarin'
But from my heart no tear nor sound
For I have gone past carin' —

Through death and trouble, turn about
Through hopeless desolation
Through flood and fever, fire and drought
Through slavery and starvation
Through childbirth, sickness, hurt and blight
And nervousness and scarin'
Through bein' left alone at night
I've got to be past carin'.

Our first child took, in days like these
A cruel week in dyin'
All day upon her father's knees,
Or on my poor breast lyin'
The tears we shed, the prayers we said
Were awful, wild, despairin'
I've pulled three through and buried two
Since then, and I'm past carin'.

T’was ten years first, then came the worst
All for a dusty clearin'
I thought, I thought my heart would burst
When first my man went shearin'
He's drovin' in the great North-west
I don't know how he's farin’
For I, the one that loved him best
Have grown to be past carin'.

My eyes are dry, I cannot cry
I've got no heart for breakin'
But where it was in days gone by
A dull and empty achin'
My last boy ran away from me
I know my temper's wearin'
But now I only wish to be
Beyond all signs of carin’
Past wearyin' or carin'
Past feelin' and despairin';
And now I only wish to be
Beyond all signs of carin'.

--Stewie.