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Lyr Req: Call of the North (Jack Sorensen)

GUEST,Ian 31 Dec 17 - 08:17 AM
Jim Dixon 01 Jan 18 - 12:43 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: call of the north jack sorenson
From: GUEST,Ian
Date: 31 Dec 17 - 08:17 AM

Anyone know the complete lyrics for this Australian poem by jack Sorensen? The printed version omits a few verses.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CALL OF THE NORTH (Jak Sorensen)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Jan 18 - 12:43 PM

THE CALL OF THE NORTH
Words (poem) by Jack Sorensen
As recorded by Martyn Wyndham-Read on "Starlit Skies" (2002)

Now the western wind is blowing,
So there's rain and storm in store.
The teams have long been going
Down the road to Glindawor.
Where the tropic sun is gleaming,
The breeze is blowing free.
I have wakened from my dreaming,
And the north is calling me.

Oh, the steam is in the engine
In the expert's room below,
And upon the board each shearer
Waits to hear the whistle blow;
For the shearing is beginning
And my heart is fancy-free,
And the friction wheels are spinning,
And the north is calling me.

From the southward to the northward,
Where the long brown tracks wind down,
All my mates are pushing forward,
To the wilderness from town:
Gone by stony hill and hollow
To where I now would be.
Where they lead I needs must follow,
For the north is calling me.

What's the news I have been hearing?
Tidings strange to me indeed:
Bidgemia has started shearing
With Sawallish in the lead.
Straining camel teams are swaying
From the junction to the sea.
Why so long am I delaying
When the north is calling me?

And so northward I am going,
For I cannot linger here.
Now the starting whistle's blowing,
And the guns are into gear;
And to be there I am longing,
And I hail the sheds with glee,
For the friction wheels are turning,
And the north is calling me.

- - -
There are other recordings by:
Wongawilli on "Australian Selection" (1994)
Louise Steding on "Outbound" (2005)
Dingo's Breakfast Oz Music & Poetry Band on "Jack Sorensen Weaver of Dreams" (2017).
These differ somewhat in minor ways, but I didn't find any additional verses.
The lyrics sung by Wongawilli are given here. I did not use those lyrics except to check spelling of names.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CALL OF THE NORTH (Jack Sorensen)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Jan 18 - 01:21 PM

Here's another version, found here. I'm inclined to think it's close to what the author actually wrote, since it fixes a few bad rhymes in the version shown above, but it's missing 2 of the above verses.


THE CALL OF THE NORTH

Oh! the western wind is blowing--
So there's rain and cold in store,
And the teams have long been going
Down the road to Mullewa:
To where tropic sun is gleaming
And the fragrant winds blow free;
I've awakened from my dreaming,
And the North is calling me.

Oh! the steam is in the boiler
In the engine-room below,   
And upon the board each toiler
Waits to hear the whistle blow:
For the shearing is beginning,
And my heart is fancy free,
And the friction wheels are spinning,
And the North is calling me.

And so Northward I am going,
For I cannot linger here,
For the starting whistle's blowing,
And the 'guns' are into gear:
So to be there I am yearning,
I will hail the sheds with glee,
For the money wheels are turning,
And the North is calling me.

Notes:
From the Western Australian newspaper The Bunbury Herald and Blackwood Express, Friday 14 June 1929.
Jack Sorensen, Maida Vale.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: call of the north jack sorenson
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Jan 18 - 01:48 PM

I've identified two books of poems by Jack Sorensen. They are not viewable online, but if you follow the links and enter your postcode, it might show you where to find them in a library near you:

Sorensen, Jack. The Gun of Glindawor and Other Ballads. Perth [W.A.]: P.S. Sampson Brokensha Co, 1932.

Sorensen, Jack. The Lost Shanty: And Other Verses. Perth: Sampson Printing, 1939.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: call of the north jack sorenson
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Jan 18 - 02:02 PM

One more:

Sorensen, Jack. The Ghosts of Bayley Street: Collected Poems of Jack Sorensen, 1907-1949. West Perth: Herald Resources, 1992.

Biographical information here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Call of the North (Jack Sorensen)
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jan 18 - 12:38 AM

Thanks so much Jim. I wanted Martyn's version and now have it.
This'll save me having to email him.
Well done.
Ian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Call of the North (Jack Sorensen)
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jan 18 - 12:45 AM

Jim, if you can suggest some other shearing songs (other than the usual suspects)I'd appreciate it.
I'm recording some songs in a shearing shed next month just for the heck of it... like Billy Bragg rec. railway songs in railway stations, or Kramer's coffee table book about coffee tables.
Ian


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