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Thread #168402   Message #4076721
Posted By: Stewie
24-Oct-20 - 09:45 PM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
(Edward Harrington)

Four horseman rode out from the heart of the range
Four horseman with aspects forbidding and strange
They were booted and spurred, they were armed to the teeth
And they frowned as they looked at the valley beneath
As forward they rode through the rocks and the fern
Ned Kelly, Dan Kelly, Steve Hart and Joe Byrne.

Ned Kelly drew rein and he shaded his eyes
'The town's at our mercy! See yonder it lies!
To hell with the troopers!' - he shook his clenched fist
'We will shoot them like dogs if they dare to resist!'
And all of them nodded, grim-visaged and stern
Ned Kelly, Dan Kelly, Steve Hart and Joe Byrne

Through the gullies and creeks they rode silently down
They stuck-up the station and raided the town
They opened the safe and they looted the bank
They laughed and were merry, they ate and they drank
Then off to the ranges they went with their gold
Oh! never were bandits more reckless and bold

But time brings its punishment, time travels fast
And the outlaws were trapped in Glenrowan at last
Where three of them died in the smoke and the flame
And Ned Kelly came back - to the last he was game
But the Law shot him down (he was fated to hang)
And that was the end of the bushranging gang

Whatever their faults and whatever their crimes
Their deeds lend romance to those faraway times
They have gone from the gullies they haunted of old
And nobody knows where they buried their gold
To the ranges they loved they will never return
Ned Kelly, Dan Kelly, Steve Hart and Joe Byrne

But at times when I pass through that sleepy old town
Where the far-distant peaks of Strathbogie look down
I think of the days when those grim ranges rang
To the galloping hooves of the bushranging gang.
Though the years bring oblivion, time brings a change
The ghosts of the Kellys still ride from the range

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Edward Harrington