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Lyr Add: Pull Away Cheerily (gold rush)

Q (Frank Staplin) 28 Jan 10 - 02:43 PM
Artful Codger 28 Jan 10 - 03:00 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 28 Jan 10 - 03:20 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Pull Away Cheerily (gold rush)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 28 Jan 10 - 02:43 PM

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Pull Away Cheerily
Harry Lee Carter, 1845+
Henry Russell 1850?; lyrics below

Pull away cheerily,
Not slow or wearily,
Rocking your cradles, boys, fast to and fro;
Working the hand about,
Sifting the sand about,
Seeking for treasures that lie hid below.

Chorus:
Rocking your cradles, boys, fast to and fro,
Working the hand about,
Sifting the sand about,
Seeking for treasures that lie hid below.

Here's a brave nugget! like children we hug it!
Courage! my lad, fortune favours the bold!
What are our thoughts about,
Knocking the quartz about?
Thoughts that we'll soon send our parents some gold!
So pull away cheerily, ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Pull away cheerily, fast to and fro;
Working the hand about, ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Seeking for treasures that lie hid below.

2
There's Dick, a young digger,
Works a cradle much bigger,
Than his own little self,
While Sally she must
Add her mite to the store, by collecting the ore,
And filling her apron with bright yellow dust.

Rocking your cradles, boys, fast to and fro,
Working the hand about,
Sifting the hand about,
Seeking for treasures that lie hid below.

Here's a mere manikin, bringing his pannikin,
He scarcely can grasp in his small tiny hand,
While tilting his dish up,
We merrily fish up,
Another supply of the glittering sand;
So pull away cheerily, ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Pull away cheerily, fast to and fro;
Working the hand about, ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha1
Seeking for treasures that lie hid below.

Sung in two stage "entertainments," "The Two Lands of Gold," by Carter; "A Night in the Lands of Gold," sung by Russell; lyrics and midi at pdmusic.com.

Compare with "The Tar's Farewell," in the Bodleian, another "Pull away" song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Pull Away Cheerily (gold rush)
From: Artful Codger
Date: 28 Jan 10 - 03:00 PM

Sheet music at the Levy site.

At www.pdmusic.org the song may be found on the Henry Russell page, amid the Undated songs (bottom part of the page).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Pull Away Cheerily (gold rush)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 28 Jan 10 - 03:20 PM

It should be noted that these were English stage entertainments in which the song appeared.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Pull Away Cheerily (gold rush)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Jan 10 - 03:43 PM

Q-

That song is really a wonderful find.

Charley Noble


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