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Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)

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Subject: lyrics - Year of the Drum
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 17 Jul 05 - 04:56 AM

Please can anyone help with the lyrics to the Wendy Joseph song Year of the Drum? I have some of them but have been told there are some mistakes.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE YEAR OF THE DRUM
From: JennyO
Date: 17 Jul 05 - 06:16 AM

I have heard this song performed by the Australian band, Wongawilli. Here is a page with a sound sample Wongawilli Band Song List and here are the words as they sing them, as well as some info from their website. I think these words are pretty correct:


THE YEAR OF THE DRUM

My name is Jack Gresham, I grew up in Mannum,
That river boat town I loved well,
I married Meg Davis, we had us two children,
One day our family bliss turned to Hell.
For in nineteen fourteen, 'twas the year of the drum,
The guns and the Government called me to come,
Past melaleuca and tall shining gums,
I drifted away down the Murray.

My name is Meg Davis and I work down at Shearers,
Making wagons and stirrups and hames,
The war it is raging, the men are all fighting,
The women toil here making fuel for the flames.
For it's nineteen fifteen and the men have all gone,
They're fighting in Europe so we carry on,
We're keeping the candles lit bright here at home,
To light their way back up the Murray.

My name it is Mary and I am an orphan,
My father was killed in the war,
My mother Meg Davis, an upstanding lady,
She drowned in the Murray the year I turned four.
It was nineteen sixteen when the telegram came,
The death of her soldier its message proclaimed,
My Mum lost her footing due to tears and the rain,
She slipped on the banks of the Murray.

My name it is Billy and I am a soldier,
I just got my orders to-day,
My wife's name is Mary, she's as fair as a sunset,
I hate to be leaving her lonely this way.
But the year's forty two, 'tis the year of the drum,
The guns and the Government call me to come,
Past melaleuca and tall shining gums,
I'm drifting away down the Murray

But the year doesn't matter, there's always a drum,
The guns and the Governments call men to come,
But the town still grows strong in her tall shining sons,
While her daughters light lamps by the Murray.


This song from Wendy Joseph describes the tragic effects of the World Wars on several generations of the people of Mannum and the use of music to entice young men to war. Mannum is a small town on the lower Murray River and has the distinction of having lost more men per head of population in both World Wars than any other town in South Australia.


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Subject: RE: lyrics Year of the DRum
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 17 Jul 05 - 06:20 AM

Good on you JennyO!

The song is in the mudcat ... but not yet in the Digital Tradition (DT) database. I couldn't get the thread to open, first time - then as I was working on a "Blue Clicky" (hotlink) ... Jenny delivered direct from an Aussie resource.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: lyrics Year of the DRum
From: JennyO
Date: 17 Jul 05 - 06:51 AM

G'day Bob.

I did find the Mudcat thread with the song posted on it here but I noticed "Mannum" was spelt wrongly, and I've heard Wongawilli do it a number of times, so I went looking for their version, guessing that theirs might be the more correct one. I'm not sure, of course, but I think it is. There are a few differences between that one and the one on Mudcat - the years are different, and the biggest difference I noticed was the second line of the second verse. On the Mudcat version it is

With saddles and waggons and paint

whereas on the Wongawilli version it is

Making wagons and stirrups and hames,

- more likely to be correct IMO, since it rhymes with the fourth line

The women toil here making fuel for the flames.


Anyway, it's a good song, and now I realise I should have changed the subject line so the clones can find it and maybe put it in the DT. I guess I should ask them.

Jenny


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE YEAR OF THE DRUM (Wendy Joseph)
From: JennyO
Date: 17 Jul 05 - 06:57 AM

Duh, I'll just post it again :-)

The Year of the Drum - Wendy Joseph

My name is Jack Gresham, I grew up in Mannum,
That river boat town I loved well,
I married Meg Davis, we had us two children,
One day our family bliss turned to Hell.
For in nineteen fourteen, 'twas the year of the drum,
The guns and the Government called me to come,
Past melaleuca and tall shining gums,
I drifted away down the Murray.

My name is Meg Davis and I work down at Shearers,
Making wagons and stirrups and hames,
The war it is raging, the men are all fighting,
The women toil here making fuel for the flames.
For it's nineteen fifteen and the men have all gone,
They're fighting in Europe so we carry on,
We're keeping the candles lit bright here at home,
To light their way back up the Murray.

My name it is Mary and I am an orphan,
My father was killed in the war,
My mother Meg Davis, an upstanding lady,
She drowned in the Murray the year I turned four.
It was nineteen sixteen when the telegram came,
The death of her soldier its message proclaimed,
My Mum lost her footing due to tears and the rain,
She slipped on the banks of the Murray.

My name it is Billy and I am a soldier,
I just got my orders to-day,
My wife's name is Mary, she's as fair as a sunset,
I hate to be leaving her lonely this way.
But the year's forty two, 'tis the year of the drum,
The guns and the Government call me to come,
Past melaleuca and tall shining gums,
I'm drifting away down the Murray

But the year doesn't matter, there's always a drum,
The guns and the Governments call men to come,
But the town still grows strong in her tall shining sons,
While her daughters light lamps by the Murray.


This song from Wendy Joseph describes the tragic effects of the World Wars on several generations of the people of Mannum and the use of music to entice young men to war. Mannum is a small town on the lower Murray River and has the distinction of having lost more men per head of population in both World Wars than any other town in South Australia.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: GUEST,Gazza2
Date: 10 Feb 14 - 05:38 AM

Been singing this unaccompanied for years, but does anyone have chords for it too?


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Subject: Chords Add: THE YEAR OF THE DRUM (Wendy Joseph)
From: GUEST,SqueezeMe
Date: 10 Feb 14 - 06:24 AM

A cracking song imho.

The basics of what I play, rightly or wrongly, is:

C F C Am Dm F G G7

C F C Am F C G7 C


F F C C G G C C

F F C C G G7 C C

the final "half verse" being to the last 16 bars.

Hope this helps....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: The Doctor
Date: 11 Feb 14 - 05:20 AM

Martyn Wyndham-Read recorded it on his LP 'A Rose from the Bush'. I'll have a listen to it and see how his words match up.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: The Doctor
Date: 11 Feb 14 - 07:43 AM

This is what Martyn sings, though not necessarily what Wendy Joseph wrote:

Now my name is Jack Gresham, I was brought up in Mannum,
That river-boat town I loved well.
I married Meg Davis, we had us two children,
One day our family bliss turned to hell.
'Twas in 1915 and the year of the drum,
The guns and the government called me to come.
Past melaleuca and tall shining gums
I'm drifting away down the Murray.

Now my name is Meg Davis and I work down at Shearers
With saddles and wagons and hames.
The men are all fighting, the war it is raging,
The women toil here making fuel for the flames.
For it's 1916 and the men have all gone,
They're fighting in Europe so we carry on,
We're keeping the candles lit bright here at home,
To light their way back up the Murray.

Now my name it is Mary and I am an orphan,
My father was killed in the war.
My ma was Meg Davis, an upstanding lady,
She drowned in the Murray the year I turned four.
'Twas in 1918 that the telegram came,
The death of her soldier its news did proclaim.
My ma lost her footing to the tears and the rain,
She slipped on the banks of the Murray.

Now my name it is Billy and I am a soldier,
I just got my orders today.
My wife's name is Mary, she's fair as the sunset,
I hate to be leaving her lonely this way.
But the year's '42 and the year of the drum,
The guns and the government call me to come.
Past melaleuca and tall shining gums
I'm drifting away down the Murray.

But the year doesn't matter, there's always a drum,
The guns and the government call men to come,
The town still grows strong in her tall shining sons,
While her daughters light lamps by the Murray.

Apart from the odd words the main differences are in the years given. In terms of the history of the Great War Martyn's dates do make sense, but they don't match what is quoted by Alessandro on the Anti-War Songs site, and they don't fit so well with Mary being four when her ma died.

Martyn's background history to the song can be found on his website news: Australian Tour 2011.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 06:04 AM

Just a friendly "bump" to keep this great song front and centre.
Deserves greater currency.
Nothing more to add......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: GUEST,Gazza2
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 06:27 AM

Thank you all. Much appreciated information and comments. I thoroughly agree with Guest above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: GUEST,Wayne Burman
Date: 30 May 15 - 03:22 AM

I first heard this song when Martyn Wyndham-Read performed it at the Derby Arms pub in Aylesbury, England circa 1984. I went out and bought his LP 'A Rose From The Bush' the next day.

Many years later I was trying to find the album on CD without success and ended up emailing Martyn via his website. He sent me the CD and a signed photo in the post from his home in France. What a lovely gesture.

Anyway 30 years later and today I finally visited Mannum. I now live in Western Australia and occasionally get to South Australia on business and this time made time to drive out there. A lovely little town. I went into the visitor information centre and was surprised to learn that they had never heard of the song. I played it on my iPhone for them and they loved it. Shearers was a big business in the town for many years and there are a number of references to it dotted around the town.

Love this song.

Cheers
Wayne


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 09:08 PM

Hello Friends... I was forwarded this thread by Margaret Walters and was delighted. I have only just begun to sing once more, and had no idea that "Mannum And The Drum" was still doing the rounds as such. Would like very much to hear from Wayne, if he is at all interested...
Wendy Joseph


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 10:11 PM

Wayne, you could contact Wendy through
Margaret's website


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: breezy
Date: 02 Jun 15 - 04:51 PM

It was a stand out song by Martin W-R, he kindly obliged me the opportunity to hear him sing about 5 maybe 6 years ago at the Cornwall Folk Fest held every August Bank Holiday in Wadebridge, UK

Thanks for posting it as I had never understood the line tat mentions 'melaleuca' . isnt it great when you learn something every day

Melaleuca /ˌmɛləˈljuːkə/ is a genus of nearly 300 species of plants in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, commonly known as paperbarks, honey-myrtles or tea-trees (although the last name is also applied to species of Leptospermum). They range in size from small shrubs which rarely grow to more than 1 metre (3 ft) high, to trees up to 35 metres (100 ft). Their flowers generally occur in groups, forming a "head" or "spike" resembling a brush used for cleaning bottles, containing up to 80 individual flowers. They are superficially like Banksia species which also have their flowers in a spike, however the structure of individual flowers in the two genera are very different.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Jun 15 - 07:35 PM

I often get a chock when I see written words as I've learnt most of my songs (& bits of) songs from sessions.

I do sing a fine line in Mondegreens!

sandra (owner of a soft voice which is only used to sings choruses)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: GUEST,Wayne Burman
Date: 05 Jun 15 - 10:39 PM

I have just updated the Wikipedia page on Mannum to reference the song :-)

Such a shame that MWR's version is not on iTunes.

Hi Wendy, I have sent an email to Margaret to forward to you. Thanks Sandra.

WB


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 06 Jun 15 - 08:49 PM

I've just got home from compering Martin Wyndham-Read in concert at Haddenham, and he sang the song and told us he'd corresponded with someone in Australia who'd first heard him in Aylesbury, so I guess that was you, Wayne!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: GUEST,Wayne Burman
Date: 07 Jun 15 - 07:47 AM

Haha! Yes Kitty, thanks for posting about that.

Yes I emailed Martyn about a couple of things including the song and he did say he'd sing a song for me. What a gent.

I wish I could have been there. You didn't video it by any chance did you?

Wayne


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: GUEST,Sheri
Date: 29 Jun 17 - 06:41 AM

Thanks for posting the lyrics - I met Wendy Joseph tonight in a random encounter, as you do when on the road, and I'd never heard of the song - but after meeting this incredibly wise and humble woman, I was inspired to look up her lyrics. I'm gonna see if I can download the song now!
It's important to keep these works of art alive for younger generations...so thankyou again for access to the lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 29 Jun 17 - 07:27 PM

I was hoping to find a website for Wendy Joseph, but can't, tho there are pages & pages of women with that name on facebook! But not being on facebook I can't look any further.

The best way to contact her would still be thru Margaret Walkers, either via her website or facebook for those who are on facebook.

sandra


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