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Thread #46759   Message #966913
Posted By: Joe Offer
14-Jun-03 - 01:08 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Jamie Raeburn's Farewell
Subject: DTADD: Version: Caledonia

My name is Jimmy Randall, in Glasgow I was born;
All through a sad misfortune, I was forced to leave in scorn.
From my home and occupation I was forced to gang awa',
And leave those bonnie hills of dear old Caledonia.

It was early one morning, before the break of day,
There came a cruel turnkey who unto us did say:
'Rise up, you seven convicts. I warn you, one and a',
It is today you sail away from Caledonia.'

We slowly rose, put on our clothes, our hearts were sad with grief;
Our friends, they came to see us off, could give us no relief.
With heavy chains they bound us down, for fear we'd gang awa'
Far from those bonnie hills and dales of Caledonia.

Goodbye unto my father, he was the best of men;
Likewise unto my sister, her name is Catheren.
Her bonny locks of auburn hair, I loved them that she wore;
She far excels those haughty belles of Caledonia.

Farewell unto my mother, I was her darling son;
I hope they won't cast up to her the reckless life I've run.
Heaven guard her and protect her now I am far awa',
Far from the place where I was born in Caledonia.

My sweetheart came to see me and bid a long goodbye;
She said to me, 'Goodbye, my man!' as in the cell I lie.
No more we'll roam together, down by old Broomielaw,
For the rolling seas divide us now from Caledonia.

I'm longing for the time to come when I'll again be free;
I'll lose no time in going home across the deep blue sea,
And see once more the ones I loved, as in the days of yore,
And find the sweetheart whom I left in Caledonia.

Russel Ward collected the second and third verses of 'Caledonia' from Joe Cashmere; these were afterwards recorded by Jeffrey Way and Edgar Waters. Twelve months later, when asked to sing the two verses at a meeting of the Australian Folk Lore Society, Cashmere astonished the members by recollecting seven. He told John Meredith that in Booligai in the late 1890s he saw police stop men singing this and other convict and bushranger ballads as treasonable. Jack Lee corroborated his statement.

from Folksongs of Australia (Meredith & Anderson)

Obviously, this is a version of Jamie Raeburn. It follows the same pattern as other versions, but there are significant differences.