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Lyr Req/Add: Norman Brown

Kathryn 18 Mar 08 - 12:25 PM
Peace 18 Mar 08 - 12:31 PM
Kathryn 18 Mar 08 - 03:12 PM
open mike 18 Mar 08 - 06:12 PM
Peace 18 Mar 08 - 06:17 PM
Kathryn 18 Mar 08 - 06:30 PM
Anglo 19 Mar 08 - 02:28 AM
mark gregory 20 Mar 08 - 06:51 AM
JennieG 25 Mar 08 - 04:52 AM
GUEST,quokka 12 Oct 09 - 07:37 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Norman Brown
From: Kathryn
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 12:25 PM

Hi, Friends,
I have just heard Norman Brown and would appreciate it if someone out there has the lyrics.
Thanks bunches


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Norman Brown
From: Peace
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 12:31 PM

Is it a song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Norman Brown--Aussie song
From: Kathryn
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 03:12 PM

Yes, it's from Australia.... It's a song about a miner who was killed.
I heard it on "Larrikins, Louts and Layabouts" by Warren Fahey.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Norman Brown
From: open mike
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 06:12 PM

I FOUND THIS HERE:
http://flopearedmule.blogspot.com/2004/12/lying-back-and-thinking-of-lomax.html
Norman Brown.
I had forgotten I had recorded this stirring ballad from the Hunter Valley struggles. It was written by the late Dorothy Hewitt, in 1959, and also included on Man of the Earth. The struggle dates back to 1929 and was one of the fiercest confrontations between government and labour. Norman Brown, a twenty-eight year-old miner, died from wounds to the stomach after the police fired on the strikers by order of the government. Several other miners received serious injuries.
YOU WILL FIND THE LYRICS HERE:
http://unionsong.com/u407.html
MORE ABOUT DOROTHY HEWETT--http://mike-servethepeople.blogspot.com/2007/12/78th-anniversary-murder-of-norman-brown.html


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Subject: Lyr Add: BALLAD OF NORMAN BROWN (Dorothy Hewett)
From: Peace
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 06:17 PM

Thanks to Open Mike's post, here are the lyrics.



Ballad of Norman Brown

A song by Dorothy Hewett©Dorothy Hewett 1962

BALLAD OF NORMAN BROWN
(Dorothy Hewett)

There was a very simple man,
Honest and quiet, yet he became
The mate of every working man,
And every miner knows his name.

CHORUS
Oh Norman Brown, oh Norman Brown
The murderin' coppers they shot him down,
They shot him down in Rothbury town,
A working man called Norman Brown.

"An honest man," the parson said,
And dropped the clods upon his head,
But honest man or not, he's dead
And that's the end of Norman Brown.

Coal bosses wiped their hands and sighed,
"It is a pity that he died."
It will inflame the countryside,
And all because of Norman Brown.

At pit-top meetings and on strike
In every little mining town,
When miners march for bread and rights
There marches honest Norman Brown.

He thunders at the pit-top strike,
His voice is in the women's tears,
With banner carried shoulder-high
He's singing down the struggling years.

A miner's pick is in his hand,
His song is shouted through the and,
A land that's free and broad and brown,
The land that bred us Norman Brown.

Last chorus
Oh Norman Brown, oh Norman Brown,
The murderin' coppers they shot him down.
They shot him down in Rothbury town,
To live forever ... Norman Brown.

Notes
Many thanks to Merv Lilley for permission to add this poem to the Union Songs collection. It was published in What About The People a collection of poems by Dorothy Hewett and Merv Lilley published by the National Council of the Realist Writers in 1963.

When the depression hit at the end of the 1920s miners everywhere were in trouble. In February 1929 the coalowners of the Hunter Valley NSW demanded a 12.5% wage cut. When the workers refused, the bosses, supported by a conservative State Government, locked them out of the mines for 15 months. Towards the end of 1929 the coalowners tried to open some pits with scab labour. Miners decided to take them on. Around 4000 of them made there way to Rothbury on December 16th and the police opened fire killing the young miner Norman Brown and wounding many others.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Norman Brown
From: Kathryn
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 06:30 PM

Thank you so much!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Norman Brown
From: Anglo
Date: 19 Mar 08 - 02:28 AM

The tune, as I recall, is a variant of The Princess Royal, well known to morris dancers and sometimes attributed to O'Carolan. As stated above, it's on Men Of The Earth, a fine Australian recording I have on an old cassette tape somewhere, and would love to be able to acquire a CD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Norman Brown
From: mark gregory
Date: 20 Mar 08 - 06:51 AM

Norman Brown is one of maybe half a dozen songs about the police shooting of a young miner in 1929 in Rothbury NSW. The best known song (which began as a poem) is Dorothy Hewett's as uploaded above, but the Union Songs online collection also has 3 other songs one of which was written at the time and sung at Norman Brown's funeral

see

A Sad Day on the Coalfields at http://unionsong.com/u553.html

Rothbury at http://unionsong.com/u031.html

The Country Knows The Rest at http://unionsong.com/u031.html

In 2007 a drama documentary was made about this attack on miners and this had another song written for the film. For more about the film Lockout see http://www.lockout.tv/


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Norman Brown
From: JennieG
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 04:52 AM

Got back a few hours ago from the NFF in Canberra and a friend drew my attention to this thread.

Norman Brown was my mother's cousin - his mother Laura and my maternal grandmother Edith were sisters. We (my brothers and I) grew up knowing the story of Norman's death. To us it was a sad family story; Norman had a younger sister who died tragically three years before he was killed, so his mother lost both her children in very sad circumstances. It was on the 50th anniversary of the killing that local miners marched to Norman's memorial and laid a wreath...and that's when I realised that the story of his death didn't just belong to my family, it was part of Australia's broader history.

My choir is learning "The country knows the rest" by Graham Seal. I met him at the festival last week and he is pleased to hear that we are passing it on.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Norman Brown
From: GUEST,quokka
Date: 12 Oct 09 - 07:37 AM

I thought this forum could do with a bit of info on Dorothy Hewitt mentioned above   Dorothy Hewitt


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