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Thread #168402   Message #4070202
Posted By: Stewie
30-Aug-20 - 11:43 PM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Perhaps the best-known of Robertson's songs is 'Wee Pot Stove'. I've copied this text from the booklet to Mathieson's 'Harry's Legacy':

WEE POT STOVE
(Harry Robertson)

How the winter blizzards blow when the Whaling Fleet's at rest
Tucked in Leither Harbour's sheltered bay, safely anchored ten abreast
The whalers at their stations, as from ship to ship they go,
Carry little bags of coal with them, and a little iron stove.

Chorus:
In that wee dark engine room, where the chill seeps in your soul
How we huddled roon' that wee pot stove, that burned oily rags and coal

Fireman Paddy worked with me, on the engines stiff and could
A stranger to the truth was he, there's not a lie he hasn't told
He boasted of his gold mines, and the hearts that he had won
And his bonny sense of humour shone, just like a ray of sun.

Chorus

We laboured seven days a week, with could hands and frozen feet
Bitter days and lonely nights making grog and having fights
Salt fish and whalemeat sausage, fresh penguin eggs a treat
And we trudged along to work each day through icy winds and sleet

Chorus

Then one day we saw the sun, and the factory ship's return,
Meet your old friends, sing a song, hope the season won't be long
Then homeward bound when it's over, we'll leave this icy cove
But I always will remember that little iron stove

Perhaps the best-known cover is the one by Nic Jones who recorded it under the title 'The Little Pot Stove' and used a phrase in the song as the title of his album.

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--Stewie.