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Lyr Req: England's Power and Glory (Robb Johnson)

meime 03 Mar 10 - 11:26 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: England's Power and Glory - Robb Johnson
From: meime
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 11:26 PM

I have been asked by a really good friend if I can track down the song lyrics for England's power and glory written by Robb Johnson and performed by English Country Blues Band. If is on their latest CD 'Unruly". My friend particulalry needs the second verse. If anyone can help out I'd be very grateful.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: England's Power and Glory - Robb Johnson
From: Mr Fox
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 09:13 AM

I can only remember bits and not in any order (except first and last verses) - sorry:

FirstIf you sail around Australia
There's a coast of barren stone
Where once the heathen Aboriginies
In ignorance did roam

We saw them naked, called them savages
Passing fire from hand to hand
Saw them fish, but we were farmers
Saw their fertile land

Sometimes a passing whaler put in
Took a black girl for some sport
With the settlers came the preachers
Soldiers to the fort

LastIf you sail around Australia
There's a coast of barren stone
Where once the [word forgotten] Aboriginies
In true innocence did roam

The chorus is for most verses:

England's power and glory
In our name was this done
In the name of the bible and the gun

And for the last verse:

England's power and glory
To our shame was this done
In the name of the bible and the gun

There's more, but memory fails.......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: England's Power and Glory - Robb Johnson
From: Mr Fox
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 09:14 AM

If you sail around Australia
There's a coast of barren stone
Where once the [word forgotten] Aboriginies
In true innocence did roam

Word remembered: peaceful.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ENGLAND'S POWER AND GLORY (Robb Johnson)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 10:44 AM

From Robb's Song Book (No longer available it would seem)


If you sail around Australia, there's a land of barren stone
Where once the heathen aborigine in ignorance did roam.
We saw them naked. We called them savage, passing fire from hand to hand.
We saw them fish, but we were farmers. We saw their fertile land.

England's power and glory, in your name this was done,
In the name of the Bible and the gun.

The seas ran high round Tasmania. We sent there poor scum that fought back,
And if the convicts raped and murdered, well, it was only blacks.
Sometimes a passing whaler put in, took a black girl for some sport,
Then with the settlers came the preachers and the soldiers for the fort.

And as the sheep spread throughout the island, and as the town began to grow,
The black blood the white money they began to flow.
With our dogs and our drums and our muskets, we drove them forth to the wilderness,
Killed and starved and paid a preacher to bring in what was left.

Names and clothes and education, civilisation is what we gave.
White man's disease and white man's liquor; we gave them white men's graves.
The benefits of white man's magic; even their dead did not escape.
We took their bones to our museums to prove the link between man and ape.

England's power and glory, to our shame was this done.
In the name of the Bible and the gun.

Now the sun sets on the Empire and history leaves us to our fate.
We who came to teach learned only too much to learn, we learned too late.

England's power and glory, in your name was this done,
In the name of the Bible and the gun.

So if you sail around Australia, there's a land of barren stone
Where once the peaceful aborigine in true innocence did roam.


Sung by Maggie Holland with E C B B


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