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Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia

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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Mar 21 - 02:50 AM

DRIP DROP by Margaret Bradford, 1998

lyrics

Drip. Drop. Drip. Drop
Wasting water's gotta stop
Drop. Drip. Drop. Drip
Turn that tap off quick!

Water's precious can't you see
Its a rare commodity
Creeks and rivers dry up fast
You gotta make that water last and last, and last, and last, and last and last, and last

Drip. Drop...

Mulch that garden, watch it grow
When roots stay damp deep down below
Sun can't dry out soil underneath
You won't have to hose for weeks

Plant those natives watch 'em thrive
In hot dry Aussie they'll survive
Why water lawns to make 'em grow?
Then on the weekend you've gotta mow and mow and mow and mow and mow and mow and mow!

Drip. Drop....

[scat: dribble drop dribble etc.]

Keep that shower short and sweet
Just wet yourself from head to feet
Don't stand under there all day
You might develop scales and swim away

A cup of water's quite enough
To clean your teeth with that the stuff
Don't let that tap run, use a plug
Don't wanna hear that water glug

Drip. Drop....

Flushing loos use too much water
Don't flush it more than you oughta
If it's yellow let it mellow
But if it's brown then flush it down

Drip. Drop....

video

Sydney songwriter Margaret Bradford wraps some very practical advice about household water conservation in a lively and humorous musical package. Miguel's jazzy choral arrangement makes the most of the onomatopoeic possibilities.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Mar 21 - 02:43 AM

THE SHANNON RISE Phyl Lobl, 1987

River light, moths in flight
Trout rise swiftly to the bite
Sky of drifting diamonds fades away
Stolen by the power- brokers play

And the Shannon Rise will rise no more
A beach lies drowned off Pedder’s shore
The tumbling gorge with its constant roar
Drives a warning sound to the ground

Mountain light, sunshine bright
Curve of sand held in my sight
Blushing pearl now fifty fathoms deep
The favoured jewel we weren’t allowed to keep

Tumbling light, foaming bright
Waterfall of endless flight
Thundering its message loud and long
Wilderness is wonderful, be strong!


In Tasmania Lake Pedder was drowned. The Shannon River was altered which changed the life pattern of a moth that used to breed at a certain time and cause the trout to 'rise'. The Cataract Gorge was at one time also threatened to be made a into power source a Tasmanian woman asked me to write about these three places. The second music file is from the choir 'Ecopella', from their CD 'Songs In the Key of Green', with a beautiful multi-part harmony by Miguel Heatwole, a great contrast to my solo acappella version.

And the version by 'Ecopella', an environmental choir that sings about the beauty of our world and the struggle to protect it from exploitation and destruction. Audio


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Mar 21 - 02:32 AM

DENIAL TANGO by Men with Day Jobs: Stafford Sanders, Rod Crundwell and Kim Constable, 2011 Funny, timely satirical song on climate denial - written & performed 2011 by Sydney group Men With Day Jobs: Kim Constable (bass), Rod Crundwell (piano), Stafford Sanders (guitar). Tony Abbott is Australia's denialist Opposition Leader; CSIRO its major science body.

video

You say the planet’s warming, but I’m convinced it’s not.
Last Tuesday it was rather cool, today it’s not so hot.
And if it’s getting hotter, I’m sure it’s not by much.
It’s prob’ly due to sunspots, volcanoes or some such.
Or maybe it’s the Chinese, they make more smoke than us.
I know there’s many more of them, so let them catch the bus.
One thing I am sure of, no need to make a fuss.
Fire up those smoky chimneys and sing:

Denial. I’m in denial.
Don’t talk to me of independent studies or scientific trial.
I’m in denial, deep in denial.
And as the waters rise around me I’ll just hold my breath and say
it isn’t so.

I call myself a skeptic, and I believe it’s so.
I’m skeptical of anything: I just don’t wanna know.
Don’t give me C S I R O or I P C C.
I want some wacky viscount with a classical degree.
He says it’ was much hotter X million years ago.
I know that killed the dinosaurs but they were rather slow.
It’s just a lot of scientists that think they’re in the know.
But I know I know better, let’s sing:

Denial. I’m in denial
When I see those econazis, I raise my arm and shout Sieg Heil!
I’m in denial …

Those fires are not raging. No floods deluge the land.
Those hurricanes and tornadoes are just flashes in the pan.
The animals are doing fine: no species dying out.
And half the bloody planet isn’t choking in drought.
The ice is not receding, from either polar cap.
I’d go with Tony Abbott, It’s just a load of crap.
This round-the-world disaster is an evil greenie trap.
‘Cause everybody knows the world is flat.

Denial …
..As the waters rise around me I’ll just hold my breath and say (glug glug glug)


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Mar 21 - 02:28 AM

COME AWAY WITH ME, Tony Eardley, 1999

Audio

Come away with me my loved one
To where cool waters join together
Where tall trees bend and spread their shady leaves
To shield us from the searching sun.

For I know a place where the day is still
A hidden land shaped by the dreamtime
At night the starlights glance off darkened pools
Where thirsty creatures come to drink their fill.

"I'll go with you my friend and dear
To where cool waters join together
For its in the quiet of the forest deep
Your spirit speaks to me most strong and clear."

We rose and went and we journeyed far.
The sun was hot and unforgiving
Through the sprawling city where we love and fight
And scrabble for our daily living.

But when we reached that place our hearts did chill
We found the forest razed and ravaged.
Clear across the valley to the distant ridge
Lay stumps like crosses on some Flanders hill.

My love reached out to comfort me
She saw the tears in my eyes were welling
"Let all your tears flow" she said "my dear.
To wet the roots of anger swelling."

Now all across this tired and dusty land
The hungry chainsaws they are roaring.
The living waters die with poisons choked.
The Earth it crumbles in the greedy hand.

And you talk of work for them that the timber hew,
Those who by felling scratch their living.
Well there'd be honest work for all that need
Were good Earth's wealth not cornered by the few.

So let us go, hand clutching hand
Of lover, daughter, friend and caring stranger.
To keep our faith with those who're yet to come
And stand full firm against this present danger

Tony started to write a love song but somehow it became about his feelings for the environment as well. Ecopella members have been known to weep on stage during this song. lyrics


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 02 Mar 21 - 02:12 AM

Sandra’s posting above of The Acknowledgement of Country,

reminded me that back in September last year when I posted Joe Geia’s song YIL-LULL, I had meant to post his GURRI NGINDIN NARMI, which is very commonly heard at Qld events and festivals, as the Welcome to Country song.

I don’t seem to have the lyrics, but in both these versions, Joe explains the message :

GURRI NGINDIN NARMI : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idR3vYLotKQ

GARINGINDINARMA : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rqmj0fiufc

https://www.qls.com.au/For_the_profession/First_Nations_People/First_Nations_Protocols




R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 02 Mar 21 - 01:46 AM

IF I HAD WINGS

Ryk Rostron

On this Queensland whaling boat, we made good time at sea
Hoped to be in Brisbane town before the sun had set on me
We worked with hearts as light as air as we moved towards the coast
And we thought about those waiting there; the ones we loved the most.

Chorus :
And if I had wings, I’d fly away home
If I had wings, I could be there now
Well if I had wings, I’d fly o’er the foam
And I’d leave those cold Southern winds to blow.

Six months at sea seems easy now, as it did the day we sailed
From Brisbane town weighed anchor, we set off with no thought to fail
An old hand now on whaling boats, the seventh time we’ve seen
We sail with Captain Ellwell and that bright ship’s company.

Well to catch the whales we searched the Southern oceans cold
But fortune travelled with us as we quickly filled the hold
Another man was lost this trip as through the ice we roam
When in quick time, the captain cried : “Enough! We turn for home.”

That season was the last for me, I paid my dues and settled down
Though I sometimes think of whaling, the boat’s no longer to be found
The stations are all empty now, no huts with coal or fire
The memories fade, the whales are gone, the singing ocean quiet.


Ryk sang this song with the sadly defunct Brisbane bluegrassy band, PIRATE BRIDES, who were very popular both Live and on CD – there were 3 recordings : Walking the Planxty / Cutlass Wedding / Broken Hearts Ride Free.

Members were RYK ROSTRON (lead vocals/guitar/bazouki/mandolin), the late and much-missed JOHN HOLMBERG aka Sailor John (lead vocals/banjo/mandolin/guitar), ROSE BROE (vocals/accordion/ autoharp/keyboard),
MICHAEL TULLY (vocals/upright bass) and later, MARK KARLSEN (vocals/upright bass).

The song features on their 2005 EP “Cutlass Wedding”.   BtW, the few clips of the PBs on YT that I’ve seen, really do not - IMHO, do justice to their many performances ……
However, the song is found at 23:35 on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcviQqURygE


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Mar 21 - 01:31 AM

ASBESTOS by Lyle Sayer, 1984

no audio/video

Lyle Sayer, 1984

Tiny fibres you don't see
Seemed a lot of bull to me
But now the cancer it has grown
And my lungs have turned to stone.

Joined the navy, went to sea.
Seemed that life was good to me.
Insulation 'round the pipes,
Didn't know you'd take my life.

Braked the car, asbestos flew.
Rode a train asbestos blew
Through the cracks in roof and walls
Like the rain it gently falls.

In the town of Wittenoom
By the road wildflowers bloom.
On the ground and in the air
There's asbestos everywhere.

Profits from asbestos mines
Kept Lang Hancock doing fine.
No regrets, no tears apply
To the miners that now die.

Those who knew but did not tell
May the bastards burn in hell!
Don't be anybody's fool:
Safety first, the golden rule.

Tiny fibres you don't see
Seemed a lot of bull to me
But now the cancer it has grown
And my lungs have turned to stone.

lyrics, no audio


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Mar 21 - 01:18 AM

It is normal in Australia to start many events (govt or other) with a spoken acknowledgement of Aboriginal ownership of the land. Deb is a Choir Director, singer & songwriter.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Words, music and arrangement: Deb Jones 2015

We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land
The Gadigal and Wangal of the nation of Eora
And other first Australians who’ve made this place their home
And any actions done in our name that had them leave the land that’s in their bones
With things done in our name they left the land that’s in their bones.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land
The ones the country walks in; the holders of the stories
We pay respect to elders past and present, and all indigenous here
We pay our respects
We acknowledge injustices done in our name
We acknowledge
Was, is, always will be
We are more than sorry
We will speak out. We will speak out. We will speak out
We will speak. We will not turn, No!
We acknowledge this land is Aboriginal Land!

NOTE:
The intention is that the words “The Gadigal and Wangal of the nation of Eora” be replaced when necessary with the names of the appropriate groups and countries, according to where the song is to be sung.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The acknowledgement of Aboriginal ownership of the land is set to music as an alternative to a spoken introduction.

Deb’s comments on the song: “Solidarity Choir often find ourselves singing first at gigs, and I like to acknowledge the traditional owners. I’d often off-handedly thought ‘we should be singing this’. We already share one indigenous song about land rights with our audiences. The choir were on the lookout for a song that gave voice to how we as non-indigenous Australians feel about what’s been going on. So I decided it was time I gave the Acknowledgement a shot. It could have become a much longer song with so many issues, but I wanted something we could put upfront every gig. It’s an acknowledgement and a promise, really. We acknowledge that we’re standing on Aboriginal land. We acknowledge injustices done in our name to the Aboriginal people of this country, and we will step up and speak out.”

lyrics & intro from Solidarity Choir website
facebook video - Acknowledgement sung by Ecopella


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Mar 21 - 12:56 AM

members can PM me with an email address if they would like a copy of our 2 spreadsheets.

Aug-Dec 2020 (alphabetical by title), Jan - today (by date posted)

Both lists contain -

Date & time posted
Title
Author/composer/tune
NZ?
Posted by
Video or audio available
Lyrics available
Page (very necessary to locate songs as we are up to page 20)


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: JennieG
Date: 01 Mar 21 - 11:18 PM

Sounds good to me, r-j......I don't post often, but I read each and every update.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 01 Mar 21 - 09:35 PM

Perhaps "Mudcat Songbook: Australia and New Zealand" would do it??
R-J


    Hi, Rich-Joy -
    Yes, it's clear this has moved away from the "Rise Up Mudcat" project and taken on a life of its own. And I'm really enjoying it. The final choice of thread title is up to Gerry Myerson, since he's the manager of this thread and I told him he could do whatever he wants with it.
    I don't like the idea of using the title "Mudcat Songbook" or anything too closely related to that because that's another longstanding project - a collection of songs written by Mudcatters. "Mudcat Australia Songbook" wouldn't cause a problem, or "Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook."
    Other than that, change it however you want, in consultation with Gerry.
    -Joe-


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 01 Mar 21 - 09:26 PM

Really nice to see your Post, Joe!

BtW, the main posters (so far) on this thread, wish to ask if you'd change the name to better reflect the thread's content???

It fairly quickly moved away from being another "Rise Up Singing" booklet and became (we feel), a valuable repository and resource for Australian AND New Zealand songs -
a great many of which are not easily found elsewhere + their audio links and valuable related information.

So would you mind terribly if it was changed (and especially to mention the NZ content)?!

Cheers! R-J
and I'm sure, Stewie and Sandra :)

(How about you, Gerry?!)


P.S.   ANY MORE OZ-KIWI SONG POSTERS HIDING OUT THERE???!!!
Come and Join us!!
(we do have available, alphabetical songlists of those already posted, to assist choice)


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Mar 21 - 05:38 PM

& here are Ecopella singing it -
Ecopella is an environmental choir that sings about the beauty of our world and the struggle to protect it from exploitation and destruction. We serve the environment movement by providing activists and audiences with the opportunity of enjoying a high standard of a cappella singing. Our music’s strong environmental message encourages positive change in people’s thinking and offers encouragement to a wide variety of green organisations.

& here is mudcatter Daniel Kelly's version


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Subject: ADD: Murrumbidgee Water (Warner)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Mar 21 - 05:15 PM

Gerry Myerson sang this at the singaround.

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Subject: ADD: MURRUMBIDGEE WATER
the murrumbidgee is the river for me. and here are the words to a beautiful song by John Warner about this great Australian river..

MURRUMBIDGEE WATER

Born in the highland snows,
Wild in her youth's descending,
Swiftly she fills and grows
Out on her floodplains, winding and bending,
Feeding the towering gums,
Bush in creek and gully,
Sharing her bounties wide,
Spreading soil in plain and valley.

Murrumbidgee fair, Murrumbidgee fertile,
Nurturing at your breasts we who walk here for a little while.
High on a ridge we stand, gazing in love and awe
Over the lands you made with your gentle hands: how rich the gifts you pour.

Over her years of floods,
Current twisting wild and strong,
Children she made in the land,
Creek and anabranch, pond and billabong.
Bright on the wide floodplain
Glints the rippling water,
Proudly side by side,
Flow the mother and the daughter.

Murrumbidgee fair, Murrumbidgee fertile,
Nurturing at your breasts we who walk here for a little while.
High on a ridge we stand, gazing in love and awe
Over the lands you made with your gentle hands: how rich the gifts you pour.

We have known the drought, we have seen her anger,
Hurling trees in her rage, we've borne thirst and we've borne hunger.
Yet for us who seek, beauty waits in hiding,
In some shaded pools wait the fruits of her providing.

Silver mist like hair,
As the day is dawning,
Marks the river's way
As we hunt on a winter's morning,
Duck and cod from the stream,
Fruit and fungus, plant and seed,
Kangaroo on the plain,
See, she gives us all we need.

Murrumbidgee fair, Murrumbidgee fertile,
Nurturing at your breasts we who walk here for a little while.
High on a ridge we stand, gazing in love and awe
Over the lands you made with your gentle hands: how rich the gifts you pour.

© John Warner 25.05.98

...............................................
Written by John Warner for the song and verse cycle, Yarri of Wiradjuri, which tells of the heroism of Aboriginal Australians in saving the lives of white settlers when the original township of Gundagai was destroyed by flood in 1852. Murrumbidgee Water - the second song in the cycle - celebrates the river and its importance to the indigenous people and establishes the Murrumbidgee River and Morley's Creek as the Mother and the Daughter


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 01 Mar 21 - 04:08 AM

THE TORDONERS

Mark Gillett

Well I come from South Burnett to an old farming family, not many jobs that I can’t turn my hand to
I ploughed the black soil and I’ve mustered rough country, though fat and lean seasons I’ve clung to the land,
I can put down a spear, I can strip down a diesel, I can drop ‘em, tag ‘em, in paddock or pen
But t’was in cattle country to the west of Kilkivan, I found me a job that I won’t do again.

Well the sorghum was sown but the price was uncertain, and the spike for the final demands from the bank
I drove 90 miles to a bush block near Murgon, got me a job with a Tordoning gang.

Chorus :
   A sharp little axe and a bottle of Tordon, goodbye to the ironbark, spotties and greys
   Cut to the sap and then pour in the poison, a worker can clear 20 acres a day.

I got 400 bucks for the week in me hand and by then the first trees were all dropping their leaves
The Tree-Killer’s stink clung to me like a brand and the hills had the look of a creeping disease,
When I drive by today, I try not to remember the bodies of bush creatures dead on the road
Driven to slaughter by fear and by hunger, as the Tordoners poisoned their food and their homes.

   A sharp little axe and a bottle of Tordon, goodbye to the ironbark, spotties and greys
   Cut to the sap and then pour in the poison, a worker can clear 20 acres a day.

Well the suckers came up so we hit ‘em with the Graslan, before the floods came on the very next week
???……….. from the hills to the gullies and killed the Sheoaks along 2 mile of creek,
The company went bust and now Mistflower and Groundsel are covering the skeleton graveyard of trees
The weeds are what’s stopping the rest of the topsoil from washing into somebody’s paddock downstream.
   
   A sharp little axe and a bottle of Tordon, goodbye to the ironbark, spotties and greys
   Cut to the sap and then pour in the poison, a worker can clear 20 acres a day.
   
   Yeah, a sharp little axe and a bottle of Tordon, goodbye to the bellbirds, they’ve all gone away
   Cut to the sap and then pour in the poison, a worker can clear 20 acres a day.



TORDON is a Picloram-containing herbicide manufactured by DOW (AgroSciences). Also used in “Agent White” by the US Military in Vietnam when “Agent Orange” was unavailable.
GRASLAN is another herbicide for regrowth and weeds, also made by DOW.

Kilkivan is a small, historical, inland town, N-W of Gympie, in the Wide Bay-Burnett region of SE Queensland. Murgon is another town in the region.

Ironbark, Spotted Gum, Grey Gum are all varieties of native Eucalypt trees; Sheoaks being native Casuarina trees.   Mistflower and Groundsel are invasive or noxious introduced weeds.

Australia, despite our beautiful and unique environment - and being prone to drought - has permitted the clearing of nearly half our forest cover in the last 200 years.
It’s now a deforestation and land-clearing CRISIS, with with an MCG-sized area of forests and bushlands destroyed every two minutes, while Australia is the worst offending country in the world for mammal extinctions.   
[www.wilderness.org.au] Yep. Sure is “The Lucky Country” …..


Mark sang this accompanied by guitar and played his banjo, but I’ve not yet found it online :(


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 27 Feb 21 - 06:57 AM

Re "Lies Like 'Illegal'",
just found Jenny Fitzgibbon singing this Nov2014 YT upload with animation by Maleny artist, Corrie Wright :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gawCW-DFsII


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 27 Feb 21 - 06:29 AM

LIES LIKE ‘ILLEGAL’

Jenny Fitzgibbon

“Here’s a new rendition of my song “Lies Like 'Illegal'” with Jeremy Dunlop on guitar. I wrote it out of my desire for more compassion in our treatment of refugees, young and old, and thru my need to take action.” Sept 2015
Adapted from the tune of “When the Boat Comes in”. Trad – Northumberland


Asylum they come seeking, In a boat that’s leaking
Gets the pollies freaking, When the boat comes in
   No peace for Baba, No peace for Maman
   No peace for koodak, surely it’s a sin


Zero information, goes out to the nation
An abomination, When the boat comes in
To ‘secure’ our borders, We give Navy orders
Racists would applaud us, When the boat comes in
   No peace for Baba, No peace for Maman
   No peace for koodak, surely it’s a sin

Why say a prayer, Teach our kids to care
Then refuse to share, When the boat comes in
Private corporations, Profit from our nation’s
Freedom deprivations, When the boat comes in
    No peace for Baba, No peace for Maman
    No peace for koodak, surely it’s a sin

Forked tongues a-lashing, In a right-wing fashion
Why not show compassion, When the boat comes in
Even though there’s no ‘queue’ - take the pain you’ve been thru
To Manus or Nauru, When the boat comes in
   No peace for Baba, No peace for Maman
   No peace for koodak, surely it’s a sin

Children in detention, Human rights suspension
We must pay attention, When the boat comes in
If I’d a son or daughter, fleeing famine or slaughter
I’d cross any water, When the boat comes in
   No peace for Baba, No peace for Maman
   No peace for koodak, surely it’s a sin

A label like “illegals” - Lies like “illegal”
Should be illegal   -   When the boat comes in


[Kids Out - Close Manus and Nauru now]


Audio Link : https://jennyfitzgibbon.com/2015/09/13/lies-like-illegals-close-manus-and-nauru-now/


Robyn Cook hosts "Stories from the Red Couch" and her guest this Ep is Jenny Fitzgibbon : https://www.storiesfromtheredcouch.com.au/episodes-blog/tag/Jenny+fitzgibbon


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 27 Feb 21 - 05:23 AM

YOLGNU WAYS AND YOLGNU LAWS

Jenny Fitzgibbon

“I wrote this in Darwin twenty years ago and recently updated it for a Remembrance event for the Indigenous warriors and their families and tribes who were killed in the wars in this country.   
The event is held in the Maleny RSL each year. January 2019”

(based upon "Irish Ways and Irish Laws" by Moving Hearts)

Since the dawn of time there was
Yolgnu Ways and Yolgnu laws
families of Yolgnu blood
Waking to the morning,
waking to the morning

Then the white man came around
turned them up and turned them down
Telling lies of empty land
While waging wars unending,
brave Warriors defending

In violence the white man came
Genocide in all but name
stole the children from the bush
torn from land and living,
torn from land and living

Across the land invaders came
clearing forest, planting grain
No dreaming place lies undisturbed
Even changed the rivers flowing,
changed the rivers flowing

200 years of stolen land
May the power of the artist’s hand
keep the Yolgnu spirit high
above the pain descending,
above the pain descending.

This dispossession carries on
We ask that it may not be long
Before our constitution’s graced
with the voice of our First Nations,
the voice of our First Nations


Melody : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=havjZ1i0UWw   “Irish Ways and Irish Laws” was written by John Gibbs and sung here by “Moving Hearts”.

“OUR SAY” - This Yolngu doco excerpt has some good advice for us all : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn9ASZrGumE    
“Cut-down of a Channel 7 documentary in which Yolngu people of northeast Arnhem Land talk about their culture, the history of black and white relations, importance of land and lots more.” Uploaded 2008.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhyBaAjlFKg    "A passion for Yolngu Matha language"



R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 27 Feb 21 - 04:25 AM

PLANTING TO REAPING

Jenny Fitzgibbon

Spring turns to Summer the harvest is coming
new moon blooms full through mist and ice chill
the light on the hill tells a fortune of winter
I wait for my lover I wait for him still

Planting to reaping, rhubarb to berries
bare feet and cotton, to thick boots and twill
Laughing to weeping, short hair no longer
I wait for my lover I wait for him still

Seeing turns to liking, liking to meeting
meetings to touch, a blush to a thrill
holding of hands then hearts gently given
I wait for my lover I wait for him still


"Watching the rain run down the window panes on grey day, I thought about an isolated country girl waiting through the seasons for the thrill of being near her sweetheart. Jeremy got right into the feel of it with his accompaniment."

Listen to a short clip of Jenny singing (with Jem Dunlop on guitar), from her CD “For the Love of It” : https://jennyfitzgibbon.com/cd-for-the-love-of-it/


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 27 Feb 21 - 04:12 AM

DANCING WITH THE STONES

Mark Gillett

The Sun sets on stone faces, looking out on the sea.
Torches flare in the night air and we start our ceremony.
We're gonna talk soul, pass the bowl and raise the energy.
The Gods will talk and statues walk when we set the magic free

How are you going?
Dancing with the stones.

Stand 'round the sacred ground beneath the midsummer moon.
An old, grand master man throws the forbidden rune.
Lost art, a crystal heart is beating to an ancient tune.
You'd better jive when it comes alive, ain't nobody immune

How are you going?
Dancing with the stones.

The whip lands on the slave bands straining at the yoke.
Stone blocks as big as trucks move with every stroke.
Worker's bones, the grave stones of a culture built on pain.
A cruel land, desert sand, covers fields of grain.

How are you going?
Dancing with the stones.

Thirty years beneath the lash. Raise the granite high.
Come and make a place for us that's fit for us to lie.
Wrapped in clinging linen, dressed in precious oil.
Come and take your just reward for centuries of toil.

How are you going?
Dancing with the stones.

The world turns, people turn and they face a brave new world.
There's a wild unborn child beneath the belly curled.
In her trance, giants dance. They dance the steps of dread.
That's a dance that's gonna grind your bones to make their bread.

How are you going?
Dancing with the stones.
Said you're dancing with the stones.


“First performed by The Hinterland Band on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia. Written by Mark Gillett (now deceased) as a celebration of a modern Australian corroboree.”
Sung here by Brisbane-SunnyCoast band, The Genre Benders (Hugh Brown), c.2004 :

https://www.broadjam.com/songs/thegenrebenders/dancing-with-the-stones   



R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 27 Feb 21 - 03:53 AM

Jenny's singing of this EXcellent song is one of my all-time faves!!


ODE TO SOIL

Paul Spencer

This planet is a rock that boils and churns
Continents float as the liquid turns
Our island bobs like a raft at sea, or loose debris
And somehow life remains.

This island’s made of solid stone
As dry as a crow-pecked bullock bone
But a layer on top like a vellum skin, both soft and thin,
Supports us all alone.

The soil holds on with a mighty grip
To giant roots so the trees won’t slip
It clothes itself in vibrant green, a fragrant screen
Through which the waters drip.

The soil, the earth in slow routine
Gives forth a beauty so serene
A person who such splendour saw, subdued with awe,
Might think some God had been.

But looking close it can be found,
The beauty springs from underground,
A million living creatures dance, in every ounce,
And miracles abound.

These living things are made of soil
The earth in which they live and toil
And there the Earth receives and gives, the planet lives
In fine and fragile soil.


You can hear Paul do this song himself on: http://paul-spencer.net/2012/07/23/ode-to-soil/


And here’s a snippet of Jenny Fitzgibbon with Jeremy Dunlop from her CD “For the Love Of It” (buy it – you’ll not be disappointed!!) :
https://jennyfitzgibbon.com/2013/07/03/words-to-songs-ode-to-soil-by-paul-spencer/



R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 27 Feb 21 - 03:46 AM

Here are a few more songs from the late Mark Gillett (see his Mudcat OBIT - well, he passed some 14 years ago now, so when does one stop being "late", I wonder??!!)


GLASS HOUSES

Mark Gillett

Strong and sudden comes the flood
takes the family by surprise
Feel the steel it’s in your blood
test the strength of family ties

Poor ‘Crookneck’, eldest son
Still crippled by this guilt you bear
How could you do that to your Mum
How could you leave her standing there?
To break those bonds is shame
You must admit that things can never be the same

Tibrogargan’s task he knows
To keep the lore from age to age
since you struck that crippling blow
You stand a prisoner of your rage
Don’t turn your face away
Your family’s future could depend on what you say

Do you love the land
You water it with tears
Stand above the land
For a million years

Come brothers sisters, do not
scatter now in fear of scorn
Changes you were witness to
were dreamed before your age was born
We are one family
to be steadfast through disaster is our destiny

You are mother of us all
Dreaming still of life to come
Wait until your children call
Gather us in, every one


Listen here to a short clip of Jenny Fitzgibbon singing the late Mark Gillett’s composition, with Steve Cook on bouzouki, from her CD : https://jennyfitzgibbon.com/2013/07/03/words-of-songs-glass-houses-by-mark-gillett/

The Glasshouse Mountains are not far from me, just “down off the range”! Watch this clip to view each of the ancient mountains and hear the Aboriginal legend of their fractious family :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09pnCPG7SeM

Watch this clip to see them closeup and learn why “they are not extinct Volcanoes, but something even more rare” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FDqWmSPFnw


R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 26 Feb 21 - 10:00 PM

Colin Dryden's 'Factory Lad' was posted to this thread back in September last year. It was part of what has been referred to as 'The North Country Trilogy'. Although all 3 songs relate to UK, they were sung by Oz folkies, particularly in NSW. Gerry Hallom included all 3 in his compilation of Dryden recordings: Colin Dryden 'The Australian Years - Vol I'. Here are the other 2 songs:

SITHER
(Colin Dryden)

Forty years in the mill,
your day’s near done, but it’s going still.
Time to be thinking o’ makin’ your will,
for you’ve nowhere to go, no intentions.

Weft and weave it was your game,
ten thousand hours upon the frame,
then walking home in the driving rain,
with a brand new watch and a pension.

Time now to bide, to sit and to dream,
on bygone days and the changes you’ve seen,
in coal and in diesel, the power of steam,
black shawls, coal stockings and courting.

Clogs on the frost on a cold winter’s morn,
the smell of the grease and oil on the loom,
and the wife wi’ the kids by the gateway at noon
stand waiting for your wages on Friday.

Six in the morn and it’s time to rise,
sleep on, old man, you’re weary and wise,
to the ways of the mill, aye, and all of the tries
for a part time job in the doffing.

Puffin’ and pantin’ past the mill,
up to the local to get all your fill,
though you’ve only got enough brass for a gill,
there might be a job in the offing.

But the shuttles have flown, it’s time to roam,
back to the armchair and fire at home,
and leave all the mill hands and weavers alone
to their beer and their laughter and joking.

But many’s the time why you’ve stood with the best,
although the looms have near turned you deaf,
they’ve all got a few miles of weaving as yet
before they’ll have bested old Sither.

Youtube clip

PIT BOY
(Colin Dryden)

The times are hard, the days are long
I wish I were a farmer’s son
Out in the green fields all day long
Away from the dark of the day

Chorus
When the sun is sagging in the sky
The days are long, long are the sighs
Down in the darkness where we bide
Passing our lives away

And if I were a robber bold
I’d rob the rich of all their gold
And if I were caught, well I’ve been told
It’s better down Botany Bay

Chorus

And if I were a sailor, I’d sail the main
And rob the ships of France and Spain
Now if we lost, perhaps we’d gain
For the French might raise our pay

Chorus

Like pit ponies down the mine
Going blind without the shine
Though if we do, we’ll never mind
'Cos we’ll never want the sun no more

Chorus

Audio

Cover by Daniel Kelly

For background info on the songs, here is a link (I have posted it elsewhere in this thread) to a beaut essay by the late Dermott Ryder:

Click

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 25 Feb 21 - 09:38 PM

SPIDER IN THE BATH
(Marcus Turner)

Chorus
Here I am - is anyone about?
I'm down beside the plug-hole and I can't get out, and
I've been here an hour and a half
Can't anybody help a little spider in the bath?

I woke up feeling hungry in the middle of the night
I saw a moth go by and thought ‘there goes a tasty bite’
I chased it up the mirror and along the windowsill
Around behind the toothpaste tube - and then I tripped and fell, and ...

Chorus

The sides are steep and slippery 'cause the bath has just been cleaned
And everything is cold and wet and avocado green.
There's a long lumpy loofah, some pumice in a dish
And all I have to talk to is this purple plastic fish and ...

Chorus

There's no need to be scared, 'cause I won't do you any harm
Just take me to the garden where it's nice and safe and warm
Then put me down real gently and I'll run back home to mother
One leg after the other, after the other, after the other, after the
other...
... after the other, after the other, after the other!! And ...

Chorus

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Feb 21 - 02:01 AM

well-I-never - no.32 is Past Carin' & I remember seeing that ...

good thing I only put ? next to the entry - now it is no. 2


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Feb 21 - 10:02 PM

Hi Sandra,

The audio for 'Fannie Bay' is song 34 on the Bushwackers' page that I posted.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Feb 21 - 09:39 PM

I can't see a link to Fannie Bay on the Bushwackers page you posted, so I might leave it out -


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 24 Feb 21 - 08:39 PM

My apologies to R-J. She posted 'Fannie Bay' on 9 September last year.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 24 Feb 21 - 07:46 PM

Here's one that references a once notorious landmark in my home town.

FANNIE BAY
(D.Tainsh attrib)

Tell her I'm droving down Camooweal way
Or signed with pearlers for seas far away
You can tell her I've gone, I'll be back some day
Please don't tell her they hanged me in old Fannie Bay

You can say I've gone on the old 'River Queen'
It's whistle a-haunting the bullockies' dream,
Down the Murray I've gone, I'll be back some day
Please don't tell her they hanged me in old Fannie Bay.

Chorus:
And on Thursday Island the sun warms the air
As the breeze from the sea blows her hair
And she sits by her window and calls me
Yes, she calls me.

You can say the bush has called me away
And I'm riding the fences for ten bob a day,
Yes, I needed a job, I needed the pay
Please don't tell her they hanged me in old Fannie Bay

And they came to the door and they dragged me away
From all that I love and I pray
That it won't reach her ear 'cause I love her
And she'd die for sure

Just say the gold has taken me down
To the places where fortunes are easily found
Yes, I've gone but tell her I'll be back some day
Just don't tell her they hanged me in old Fannie Bay

Audio on this page:   Click

Some info on Fannie Bay Gaol: Click

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 23 Feb 21 - 08:30 PM

THE GUNDAROO BULLOCK
(A.B. Paterson/Trad)

Oh, there's some that breeds the Devon that's as solid as a stone
And there's some that breeds the brindle which they call the Goulburn roan
But amongst the breeds of cattle there are very, very few
Like the hairy-whiskered bullock that they breed at Gundaroo

Far away by Grabben Gullen where the Murrumbidgee flows
There's a block of broken countryside where no one ever goes
For the banks have gripped the squatters and the free selectors too
And their stock are always stolen by the men of Gundaroo

There came a low informer to the Grabben Gullen side
And he said to Smith the squatter, ‘You must saddle up and ride
For your bullock's in the harness-cask of Morgan Donahoo
He's the greatest cattle-stealer in the whole of Gundaroo’

‘Oh, ho!’ said Smith, the owner of the Grabben Gullen run
‘I’ll go and get the troopers by the sinking of the sun
And down into his homestead tonight we'll take a ride,
With warrants to identify the carcase and the hide’

That night rode down the troopers, the squatter at their head
They rode into the homestead and pulled Morgan out of bed.
‘Now, show to us the carcase of the bullock that you slew
The hairy-whiskered bullock that you killed in Gundaroo’

They peered into the harness-cask, and found it wasn't full
But down among the brine, they saw some flesh and bits of wool
‘What's this?’, exclaimed the trooper, ‘an infant, I declare’
Said Morgan, ’Tis the carcase of an old man native bear
I heard that ye were coming, so an old man bear I slew,
Just to give you kindly welcome to my home in Gundaroo’

‘The times are something awful, as you can plainly see,
The banks have broke the squatters, and they've broke the likes of me
We can't afford a bullock -- such expense would never do
So an old man bear for breakfast is a treat in Gundaroo’

And along by Grabben Gullen where the rushing river flows,
In the block of broken country where there's no one ever goes,
On the upper Murrumbidgee, they're a hospitable crew
But you mustn't ask for bullock when you go to Gundaroo

Youtube clip

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Feb 21 - 02:20 AM

THE AXISES OF EVIL © Paul Spencer 2002

Tune: Brisbane Ladies

Of all the world's ills, there is none that's more evil,
More gruesome or dread than the terrorist threat,
The President says that they're really awful people,
And when hes not grinning, you can tell he's upset.

Chorus

We'll march off to war, like good little soldiers,
We'll march off to war, for President Bush,
Until we destroy all the Axises of Evil,
For there's freedom to fight for and a lifestyle to push.

George Bush is angered by the death of civilians,
He finds it outrageous like anyone would,
So when he kills thousands and speaks about collateral,
He's not being callous, you've misunderstood.

Now some bombs are dirty and cause mass destruction,
But our bombs are smart and they'll solve all our woes,
Starvation and grief might appear to be a crisis,
But really we're helping, as everyone knows.

To help foster peace we'll use words like Islamist,
To make it appear that they're all so extreme,
Whereas our church is pure and could never be corrupted,
And of world domination, it would not even dream.

So send us your children, we'll fight against terror,
And suchlike emotions that lay people low,
We'll fight them with guns and with lots of bloody slaughter,
But don't ask who's winning or how long to go.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Feb 21 - 02:00 AM

SCISSORS AND SEAMS   © Graham Seal 1976, 2008
    music traditional, adapted and arranged Graham Seal

no audio

    We are women and girls from all over the world -
    Italy, Lebanon and Greece.
    We are sewing the seams of other peoples' dreams,
    Just trying to make ends meet.

    Chorus:
    Scissors and seams and sewing machines,
    A box of bobbins and spools.
    With the needle and thread and the hot foot-tread
    All a machinist's tools.

    We work hard all day, we don't get much pay,
    Have to come to work again on Monday.
    And for the rest of the week we eat and we pee and we sleep
    To the sound of the bell and the Bundy.

    The boss is hardly there, and he don't seem to care
    About all the noise and dust.
    We have to work in it all day, but he will only say:
    'Why do you have to make a fuss?'

    Notes

    Many thanks to Graham Seal for permission to add this song to the Union Songs website.

    Graham writes
    'Scissors and Seams' comes from my time working as a cutter and layer in a furniture factory in the early 1970s. It was a hot and dusty place, basically a giant shed, but the predominantly migrant men and women who worked there used humour and forbearance to cope with conditions that would not, hopefully, be tolerated today. The place closed down in the 90s. Good riddance.

    The 'Bundy' referred to in the second verse was a form of time clock. All employees had a card that they used to 'bundy in' and 'bundy out' of the job. If you forgot, you didn't get paid. A bit different to flexi-time.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Feb 21 - 01:59 AM

THE JUDGE AND THE SHOP OWNER © 1967 Clem Parkinson

Audio

    In a far away country called Woopland
    A very rich merchant did dwell
    He owned Fact'ries galore and ships by the score
    But something was wrong you could tell

    For it seems that those terrible wharfies
    When loading his vessels with flour
    Had complained of the task, even ventured to ask
    For an increase of sixpence an hour.

    Now the ship owner being fair minded
    (They always believe in fair play)
    To the wharf he did trudge with his colleague a judge
    To toil with the men for a day.

    But the very first bag that they handled
    Left the pair of them flat as a tack.
    In a state of collapse each agreed that, "Perhaps
    We should grant them that miserable zac."

    What a wonderful country is Woopland
    What a pity it's so far away,
    Though some people insist that it doesn't exist
    I'm going to find it someday.

    Notes

    Many thanks to Clem Parkinson for permission to add this song to the Union Songs collection.

    The Judge and the Shipowner was published in Australian Tradition, April 1967.

    The song took joint second prize in the competition for a song about the waterfront run by the Sydney Branch of the Waterside Workers' Federation.

    The song is based on a famous short story by John Morrison. Clem Parkinson told me that he sent a copy to John who remarked how well he had done to fit the story into the five verses allowed by the rules of the competion.

    Clem sings the song on the MUA Centenary CD "With These Arms"


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Feb 21 - 01:55 AM

GALLOWAY AND STEPHENS A song by Clem Parkinson © 1985

no audio, but I have an MP4 of the song performed by Clem, courtesy of Phyl Lobl if anyone wants a copy

    Who were the men who led the fight that won the eight hour day?
    The men to whom we owe a debt we never can repay
    Their names will live forever though they lie beneath the clay
    Twas no one else but Galloway and Stephens

    Chorus
    It was Galloway and Stephens who pioneered the trail
    Who led the band of working men determined to prevail
    And so we stand together as their names we proudly hail
    And shout "hurrah" for Galloway and Stephens

    Back in the dark satanic days - a time when life was bleak
    The workers toiled from dawn to dusk for 60 hours a week
    Until they said "We'll make a stand - no time for being meek
    We'll put our trust in Galloway and Stephens"

    They were the honest working men the history books ignore
    To tell instead of emperors and jingoistic war
    And crooked politicians, worthless monarchs by the score
    We'd trade them all for Galloway and Stephens

    Notes

    Many thanks to Clem Parkinson for permission to add this song to the Union Songs collection.

    All building workers in Melbourne won a reduction in working hours from 60 to 48 per week in 1856. Sydney stonemasons led the way in 1855, but the first whole industry in the world to gain this reform was in Melbourne the next year.

    James Stephens and James Galloway led the 8 hours struggle in Melbourne. Both were stonemasons. Galloway, a Scottish migrant, became corresponding secretary of the Stonemasons Society in Melbourne, and Stephens, a Welsh migrant, its president.

    After a deputation and a lively public meeting between contractors and workers, the bosses agreed to honour an 8 hour day from 21 April. But that morning Stephens learnt that two contractors were refusing, so he called a meeting of 700 workers building Melbourne University, and they marched to all other building sites, including the two whose bosses were refusing the 8 hour day. All the building workers on the sites joined them, and they resolved to strike until the two bosses gave in, which they did that night.

    From Recorder the journal of The Society for the Study of Labour History,


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Feb 21 - 10:52 PM

THE STRIKE OF 1894 © Dennis O'Keeffe 1992

Audio

    To earn a few bob, crutching sheep was his job, Billy was thirteen years old,
    Good money you'll be paid, if you shear with the blade, as a lad that's what he was told,
    "Son don't go shearing", his mother would say, it's a bloody rough job,
    And all you will get is a broken marriage, and a flee bitten Kelpie dog.

    With his childhood spent, young Billy went, off on his push bike with his swag,
    Dreams filled his head, as he stuffed meat and bread, into a Calico bag,
    He struggled to shear his first hundred sheep, he wasn't like Bradman at cricket,
    But he earn't enough money to pay for his tucker, and pay for his Union ticket.

    Squatters were sowing, seeds for growing, the old English working class vine,
    While they pissed in the pocket of the Gentlemans Club, sipping on whisky and wine,
    But Republican blood, again and again, through shearers veins ran like a torrent,
    The Squatters wanted to cut this vein, and sign the Unions death warrant.

    Chorus
    They might fool you, but they'll never fool me,
    A hero he died, and a hero he will be,
    Few men will walk where he's gone,
    The Union wrote music, young Billy sang the song.

    When men were willing, and strike camps were filling, on the banks of the Darling River,
    The man on the land, who never dirtied his hand, with fear, He began to shiver,
    Billy led a band of good Union men, out to the Grassmere Station,
    Where Blackleg Shearers and Troopers with guns, awaited the confrontation.

    Billy was shot, and Murphy they got, ambushed at the shearing shed door,
    We can never forget, dags and sweat, mixed with blood on the shearing shed floor,
    Not one Union son, had fired a gun, yet nine were arrested and tried,
    The coward that shot them was given a medal, and sent to Tasmania to hide.

    So down on the slops of Tower Hill, where the tide rolls in with the ocean,
    The Union gathered to bury their dead, in memory of his devotion,
    Take care you tyrants, who cheat and sting, the tide may turn when you die,
    For it's yet to be seen, if men like McLean, run the picket-line up in the sky.

    Notes

    Many thanks to Dennis O'Keeffe for permission to add this song to the Union Songs collection.

    The song is on his CD "Matilda in a Tucker Bag"

    Dennis writes
    "The second big shearing strike took place and NSW and Queensland became a battlefield. With martial law declared in Queensland, the strike of 1894 was a civil insurrection with hundreds of shearers going to jail and receiving prison terms from two to fifteen years. An unknown number of shearers lost their lives and were buried in unmarked graves. The song follows the story of Billy McLean and the part he played in the strike"


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Feb 21 - 10:50 PM

BILLY MACLEAN - © Dennis O'Keeffe 1992, tune James Connolly

Audio

Where, oh where is young Billy McLean,
Where, oh where is that gallant man,
He's gone to organise the union,
That working men they might yet be free.

Then who, then who will lead the van,
Then who, then who will lead the van,
Then who, but our young Billy,
The hero of the working man.

Where, oh where, have our shearers gone,
Where, oh where, is that gallant band,
They've gone to fight for the workers union,
That working men they might yet be free.

Who carried no gun when they shot him down,
Who carried no gun when they shot him down,
Who, but our young Billy,
To Goulburn Jail they sentenced him.

This wounded man could not survive,
This innocent man could not survive,
They sent him home to his lonely mother,
And lay him in his bed to die.

Who mourns the death of this great man,
Who mourns the death of this great man,
Oh bury him down, in yon green garden,
With union men on every side.

So they buried him down, in yon green garden,
With union men on every side,
And they swore they would form a mighty union,
That young Bill's name might be filled with pride.


The song is on his CD "Matilda in a Tucker Bag"

Dennis writes
"Billy McLean was shot by a scab one week before the legendary Swagman Samuel Hoffmeister died at the fourmile billabong during the 1894 shearers strike. Both men lost their lives fighting for the rights of Australian workers."


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Feb 21 - 10:46 PM

DOWN WORKERS DOWN © Ian Macintosh 2006

no audio a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh6eaxv2uDg">tune - Go Down Ye Murderers (The Ballad of Tim Evans)

    Have you heard the bosses call?
    Down workers down,
    Have you heard the bosses call?
    Go down workers go down
    If you've heard the bosses call
    Part-time work or none at all,
    Families going to the walll
    Go down workers go down

    Do y' know what makes the bosses pleased?
    Down workers down,
    Do y' know what makes the bosses pleased?
    Go down workers go down
    You know what makes the bosses pleased,
    Workers begging on their knees,
    Business moving overseas
    Go down workers go down

    Chorus:
    Go down workers go down,
    Go down workers go down,
    (penultimate line of each verse)
    Go down workers go down

    Have you heard the bosses prayer?
    Down workers down,
    Have you heard the bosses prayer?
    Go down workers go down
    If you ‘ve heard the bosses prayer
    Low paid workers everywhere
    Hire and fire without a care
    Go down workers go down

    Have you seen he bosses pay?
    Down workers down, (Rpt)
    Have you seen the bosses pay
    Go down workers go down
    If you've seen the bosses pay
    It goets bigger every day
    They take the cash and run away
    Go down workers go down.

    Have you heard the bosses lies?
    Down workers down, (Rpt)
    Have you heard the bosses lies
    Go down workers go down
    You have heard the bosses lies
    Unions have been crim'nalized,
    Prosecutions on the rise
    Go down workers go down.

    Break (Twice through)Chorus

    Have you signed the contract yet?
    Down workers down, (Rpt)
    Have you signed the contract yet
    Go down workers go down
    If you've signed the contract yet
    You'll be sink further into debt
    You've slipped through the safety net
    Go down workers go down

    Have you seen the future friend?
    Down workers down, (Rpt
    Have you seen the future friend?
    Go down workers go down)
    If you've seen the future friend
    There's no conditions to defend
    Fight them to the bitter end

    Go down workers go down
    Go down workers go down,
    Go down workers go down,
    (last line of each verse)
    Go down workers go down

    Repeat

    Notes

    Many thanks to Ian Macintosh for permission to add this song to the Union Songs collection.

    Ian writes:
    "The song really wrote itself after reading about yet another massive CEO payout from one of the major corporations, the latest being the CEO of Macquarie Bank receiving a $33 million dollar bonus. At the same time the conservative Howard government enables more and more bosses to strip away working people's hard fought for rights and claims a $25 dollar a week payout for the lowest paid would be detrimental to the economy. I asked myself, just what would Ewan MacColl say about this if he still around? Written and recorded in a matter of hours - the take on the album is raw and the only take."


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Feb 21 - 10:39 PM

SIEVX © Phyl Lobl 2002

Audio

On 23 October 2001 Australians first became aware of the horrific sinking of the asylum seeker vessel we now know as SIEVX with the loss of over 350 lives. There are many questions not fully answered about the circumstances of the sinking.

Thanks to Edward Lear & The Jumblies for the line 'they went to sea in a sieve' & to Tony Kevin and his website for confirmation of the story.

SIEV =Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel
UBA = Unauthorised Boat Arrival

They went to sea in a sieve they did, in SIEVX they went to sea,
And some call them queue jumpers, but I say refugee
Who will tell their story now if its not you or me

Wives and children took the chance to become a UBA
They paid their fare to freedom from South Sumatra Bay
The papers told of those who found it was their only way.

Abu Quassey set the price that Sonas gladly paid,
To join her husband Ahmed in the plans that they had made,
She could not guess the twisted web of the trap that had been laid.

The overloaded boat it seems had been designed to sink
A neat disruption program with a cruel political link,
A program kept well hidden except to those who think.

I say that there are none so blind as those who let things be,
The Navy’s eyes were blind that day to any refugee,
And smoke and mirrors hid the scheme that stained the Java Sea.

The boat capsized inside the Zone some struggled and survived
But only 44 were left when the rescue boat arrived,
And Sonas told the story of the desperate and deprived.

Her weary arms gave up their load, her precious burden of three
Eman, Zhra and Fatimah were lost to the hungry sea.
Their photo now a symbol of our inhumanity.

THESE VERSES CAN BE OMMITTED
Those who poison basic trust who manufacture fear,
Have left us with a legacy that I find hard to bear,
I hope the world can see that there are some of us who care.

They went to sea in a sieve they did, in SIEVX they went to sea,
And some call them queue jumpers, but I say refugee
And who will tell their story now if not its not you or me.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Feb 21 - 10:35 PM

BLACK DIAMOND DISASTER © Phyl Lobl 2005

Audio of Shayna Stewart on Singing the South, Phyl Lobl's Songline/Timeline of the Illawarra

Written after reading 'Mt Kembla Mine Disaster' by Stewart Piggan & Henry Lee & supplemented by visits to the Mine Heritage Centre at Mt Kembla.

The disaster occurred in July 1902. Ninety-six men and boys died. A 'happening' to mark this anniversary is held each year at Mt Kembla. The trees mentioned in the chorus grow thickly in the area.


*Black diamonds had been hunted at the Kembla mine for years,
A quest laced with danger that drew bitter tears.
From wives and friends and children of the ninety-six who died,
When a rush of fire blasted through the Kembla mountainside,
The mountainside.

CHORUS
*Bangalow & Sassafras, Cabbage Plam and Cedar,
Witnessed the mine's hot breath burn the *Casuarina.
Peppermint and Lilly Pilly caught the coal dust flight,
When day turned to night.

A miner's light ignited in the thirty-acre *goaf
Did profit motif close all minds to danger from the roof?
*Wheelers, shifters, clippers and miners breathed the air.
Filled with deadly *afterdamp 'cause owners didn't care,
They didn't care.

The owner kept his distance and purse strings tight,
He'd made his wealth from miners working with no safety light.
Then chose to pay for churches to buy his soul a place,
While compensation payments were a national disgrace,
A disgrace.

Unions fought for justice through strikes and *picket lines,
For miners' rights & wages and safety in the mines.
I hope new working laws don't change the state of play,
It must not be for nothing the miners died that day,
Died that day.

* References
Black Diamonds - Coal
Bangalow, Sassafras, Cabbage Palm, Cedar, Peppermint Gum, Lilly Pilly, Casuarina - native trees.
Goaf - Area underground from which coal has been taken.
Afterdamp - Mixture of gases produced in a coal mine after an explosion.
Wheelers, clippers, shifters - Mine workers with tasks that involved moving the skips when they were filled by the miners.
Picket Lines - Striking workers with placards line the approaches to their workplaces to protest against unfairness.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 11:30 PM

1868

Matt Scullion

It was before Smith and Warnie, before the great Don
Before Victor Trumper scored the first double ton
Nine years before the first test and the baggy green
Australia got its first cricket team
A clever bunch of stockmen and sturdy station hands
They picked the game up quickly from settlers on the land
They sailed over to England unsure of their fate
The tour made the headlines in 1868

Chorus
They came from Jardwadjali and Wotjobaluki
Some from Gunditjmara, thirteen men in all
As good as anybody with the bat and ball
The first Australian cricket side was Aboriginal

The tourists were admired for their athletic skills
The games were well-attended, nearly all the seats were filled
Forty-seven matches, they even played at Lords
Winning fourteen while nineteen games were drawn
The standout was Unaarrimin, better known as Johnny Mullagh
A wizz with the cork and willow, a real all-rounder
And there was Jungunjinanuke, nicknamed Dick-a-Dick
Who earned the locals’ respect and wowed the crowd with his bush tricks

Chorus

The team returned to Sydney after six long months
Exhausted from the gruelling trip but proud of what they’d done
But there was no hero’s welcome, no ticker-tape parade
Most went back to the station, others sadly passed away
But in the town of Harrow, there’s a piece of sacred land
Called ‘Johnny Mullagh Oval’ in honour of the man
There’s a cricket museum with pictures of the past
Their names won’t be forgotten, their legacy will last

Chorus


National Museum:   https://www.nma.gov.au/defining-moments/resources/aboriginal-cricket-team


Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Aboriginal_cricket_team_in_England_in_1868


FOOTNOTE:
I found this recent news article* about the 19th Century Aboriginal Cricket Team and the new song, but I know nothing about Cricket (nor sport in general :) so I forwarded it to STEWIE.
Wonderful bloke that he is, he very kindly transcribed it for us all to sing and enjoy!!!

* https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-19/len-pascoe-turned-pioneering-indigenous-cricket-team-into-song/13166612   (story, pics, video link to song, all included)                

Cheers!   
R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 08:47 PM

ROLL ALONG
(Paul Wookey)

There’s no lonesome whistle blowin’ outside my door
No hobo has ever shared my floor
No highballin' friend has ever taken me away
No one rides the railroad anymore

I’ve never seen my name scratched upon the water-tank
Never swung my old guitar aboard a train
Never had to run to save my life in the railyard at night
Never had to sleep in the drivin' rain

So roll along
And as the diesels hums goodbye
Sing me another song the brakeman left behind

Those old gentlemen of steam are left to rust
The water-tanks might just as well run dry
The hobo's weary bones, why they've long since turned to dust
Leavin' only the sound of an outward bound and the whistle’s lonesome cry

So roll along
And as the diesels hum goodbye
Sing me another song the brakeman left behind

This song is from his first LP - 'Mountain Breakfast'. Paul is a fine performer and songwriter. I recall that he came to Darwin with the late Chris Duffy decades ago.

Youtube clip

Paul Wookey's site

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 07:23 PM

PEACE DESCENDS

Paul Metsers

Peace Descends
Though its schedule is tight
When the tatters of day weaken and fray
And the wet street surrenders to night

(Refrain)
   Peace descends
   Though it's just passing through
   When I am here and you are too

Peace descends
In the hurricane's eye
In arms that surround with hardly a sound
And never an alibi

Peace descends
And it's never too long
Till the lovers relax and that seedy old saxophone
Burns up the final song

Peace descends
Too late to repent
When the last insult's hurled and the banners are furled
And the winner can scowl at what's left of his world
And the storm in our hearts is spent


"From a word sheet supplied with Paul's record, In the Hurricane's Eye, SGM 279, recorded in 1983 : Little Robyn, Mudcatter"


Sung here by NZ’s CHRIS PRIESTLEY (with high accolades from Paul Metsers in the Comments!) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz3kpD0NadM



R-J


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: JennieG
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 06:30 AM

There is a book "The forgotten rebels of Eureka" by Clare Wright, which won the Stella Prize for Australian women's writing in 2014. It's an excellent read, well researched and written - and yes, Anastasia Withers and her petticoat are in it.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 04:21 AM

COWPER WHARF - Words & Music: Phyl Lobl

Our first troopship to Iraq sailed from Cowper Wharf in 2003. I watched her sail with a heavy heart. This Audio comes from a concert organised by Wayne Richmond with the 'Loosely Woven' concert group.

I went down to the Cowper wharf one day,
To watch the ship Kanimbla in her coat of battle grey,
Raise the anchor to the flag and sail away.

The wheels of war return and turn,
Why don't we ever learn.

The 'strong of arm' and 'bright of eye' stood tall,
I don't know where their thoughts were but mine were with them all,
Did they ever dare to think that they could fall.

The wheels of war return and turn,
Why don't we ever learn.

The gulf lay in between us gaping wide,
Like the flotsam on the sea they were swept up with the tide,
And in the firm belief that God was on their side.

The wheels of war return and turn,
Why don't we ever learn.

Off to defend the system at great speed,
A system that depends upon half truths and guns and greed,
While third world people starve or live in need.

The wheels of war return and turn,
Why don't we ever learn.

Another time and place another day,
Someone watched my father's troop ship as she sailed away,
There were few would protest then about the fray.

The wheels of war return and turn,
But I'll keep marching in the hope that Peace by Peace we'll learn.

Phyl's father was underage when he enlisted, but he was 18 when he was wounded at the Somme. video by Dingo's Breakfast of Phyl's Battle of the Somme. Phyl sang it at 1982 National Folk Festival with Declan Affley on uilleann pipes & they can be heard in the background. One image is of a very young soldier looking at the camera.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 04:10 AM

WESTGATE WIDOW - Words & Music: Phyl Lobl, arranged and accompanied by Michael Roberts

Audio

Westgate you took my pal,
My laughing, drinking, joking pal.
You stopped his laughter when you fell,
When you came down.

You welders and you tough dogmen,
I beg you will you listen then.
When with concrete and steel you spin,
I beg you to take care.
For we'll be a long time lonely now,
A long time lonely.

Westgate you took my man,
How I curse your rotten span.
I'll have to manage best I can,
Since you came down.

You designing and you planning men,
I beg you will you listen then.
When with concrete and steel you spin,
I beg you to take care.
For we'll be a long time lonely now,
A long time lonely.


In 1970 the Westgate Bridge collapse killed thirty five people I wrote this song in the following week.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 04:07 AM

Anastasia's Petticoat © 2003 Phyl Lobl

audio

The miners of Eureka have long been brought to fame,
Its time the wives who stood by them were honoured with the same.
Many were prepared to die but weren't allowed to fight,
They sewed Eureka's flag instead, the flag of blue and white.

CHORUS
And the stars, the petticoat stars, fly beyond the battle.
Of that December morning when hot blood stained the wattle.

The miners push for justice came in 1854,
They stumbled into trouble, then into civil war.
Anastasia felt it right that she should also join the fight,
Though a white lawn petticoat seemed too slight an offering for the cause.

Henry Ross had planned the flag he hoped would prove to be,
A flag to unify all those who scorned the licence fee.
Armed with scissors thread and thimble miners wives worked on that symbol,
Sewing with their hearts a-tremble, stitching for the cause.

On Bakery Hill the flag first flew, brave against the cloud,
It gave the speakers heart and hope when they addressed the crowd.
Mid calls for solidarity for justice and for liberty,
The petticoat stars shone constantly dancing for the cause.

It led the marchers down the road that ran from Creswick town,
To flower on the stockade pole till King had it torn down.
With Ross soon dead from musket shot, the troopers used the flag for sport,
They dragged it through the mud and thought they’d killed the miners cause.

The stars, the petticoat stars, fly beyond the battle,
Of that December morning, when hot blood stained the wattle.
The stars, the petticoat stars, fly beyond the battle,
Of that December morning, when hot blood stained the wattle.

Written & Sung by Phyl Lobl 2003-4
Arranged and accompanied by Michael Roberts

Written for the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Uprising, this song tells the story of the Eureka Flag. Henry Ross, a miner who migrated from Canada was credited with designing the flag but credit for the sewing of the flag has gone to a group of women. One of those women, Anastasia Withers, was said to have sacrificed a white lawn petticoat to fashion the stars. Perhaps when Australia does become a Republic a simple solution to the flag question would be to reclaim the Eureka flag from the various groups who have since utilised it and it can become a fitting symbol for a southern democracy.


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 04:00 AM

THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS LAWS © John Dengate 2006

Tune variant of Flash Jack from Gundagai

Audio

The industrial relations laws are good for you and me
They'll stimulate employment and foster industry
They'll make Australia wealthier I'm sure you'll all agree
The industrial relations laws are good for you and me

Johnny Howard told me and he is very wise
Johnny Howard told me and Johnny never lies
And I don't begrudge the millions they spent to advertise
We'll be more like America hooray you lucky guys

The industrial relations laws will lght the road ahead
Scrap the regulations and trust the boss instead
Keep away from unions they're terrorists or reds
Now I'm off to see the doctor he's examining my head


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 03:58 AM

THEY'RE KEEPING A FILE ON ME © Mithra Cox 2009

Audio

Im pulling on my big floppy shoes
I'm zipping up my latex fat suit
I'm dressed as a clown but they're writing it all down
They're keeping a file on me

Chorus:
They're keeping a file on me
They're keeping it meticulously
What I said and who I met they'll make sure they don't forget
They're keeping a file on me

We're reaching consensus tonight
Democracy's not black and white
We'll be here til three but we'll get there peacefully
But it's being recorded for my asio file

We're dancing in the alley til dawn
Cause the party was long since shut down
But they're starting to get hostile and your joyful brimming smile
Is on a photo your asio file

Instrumental

My file’s a long litany
Of peace, love and harmony
I never realised that being fair and just and kind
Was considered living dangerously


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 03:56 AM

ROTTEN TO THE CORE   © Martin Cubby and Mithra Cox 2009


Audio

    The banks are made of marble
    With a guard at every door
    Ripping off the workers
    The farmers and the poor
    Giving credit come and get it
    Isn't that what banks are for
    But they know you can't repay it
    And they're beating down your door

    Refrain:

    And the banks are made of marble
    With a guard at every door
    And the monument of capital
    Is rotten to the core

    Down on dirty Wall Street
    The truth is hard to find
    Lay a dirty greenback down
    You've got a dirty lie
    Up on hollow Main Street
    The truth is what you're told
    A happy life it can be bought
    A happy life is sold

    The vultures at the top
    Are in their towers of glass and steel
    Hard hands at the bottom
    They're scrounging their next meal
    The ones who built the mansions
    Pressed the suits and parked the car
    They can't afford the rent
    And so it's on the credit card

    So lay your money down now
    Don't you worry be at ease
    Snort another line of credit
    From the nice Chinese
    Keep buying shoes and TVs
    Pay it back another day
    Everyone's got to keep shopping
    Or they'll take your house away

    Notes

    Many thanks to Martin Cubby, Mithra Cox and The Lurkers for permission to add this song to the Union Songs collection

    Visit The Lurkers website at http://www.lurkers.com.au/


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Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 03:53 AM

WARSONG © Bernard Carney 1991

no audio or video

    Time for our minds to be taken from war
    The news is so boring and dreary
    More broken bones for a hungry dow jones
    And the people have all become weary

    The job has been done by the media's gun
    The establishment grows ever stronger
    No need to worry what's right or whats wrong
    Don't think about this any longer

    While the wars of the world rage on

    Each newscaster's bulletin bombards our brains
    Each article softens our thinking
    Each new righteous reason will mask and conceal
    The hole into which we are sinking

    The voices of protest grow quieter each day
    The crackpots who screamed against violence
    Are labelled as peaceniks and sent on their way
    The majority slides into silence

    And the wars of the world rage on

    When the young men and women caught up in this mess
    Join the ranks of the wounded and dying
    The media mutters of duty and honour
    And love of our country
    And the national flag will be flying

    Flying for a new world order of countries
    Flying for the new troops we're sending
    Flying for the old rules that fuel all the fires
    And prevent all these wars from ending

    While the wars of the world rage on

    Time for our minds to be taken from war
    The news is so boring and dreary
    More broken bones for a hungry dow jones
    And the people have all become weary

    Notes

Many thanks to Bernard Carney for permission to add this song to the Union Songs collection.

Bernard writes:
"This was written during the 1991 Gulf War as a response to the way mainstream media soothed us into thinking it was all for the greater good . We were shown aerial views of direct hits but the human cost was never counted. It seems to be happening again."

Warsong is on Bernard's CD "No Time Like The Future" BJCD981 1998
Vists his website at: http://www.bernardcarney.com


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