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Origins: Maid of Australia / Maids of Australia

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THE MAID OF AUSTRALIA


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Maid of Australia


Bob Bolton 15 Mar 99 - 01:49 AM
Martin Graebe 14 Mar 99 - 06:41 PM
bill\sables 14 Mar 99 - 03:30 PM
Pete M 14 Mar 99 - 03:05 PM
12 Mar 99 - 06:56 PM
bill\sables 12 Mar 99 - 06:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Maid of Australia
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 15 Mar 99 - 01:49 AM

G'day all,

If anyone tries to find the aforementioned Oxborough or Oxberry River they will be in trouble but the Hawkesbury River, some 40 kilometres north of Sydney, is were these inter-racial encounters happened.

I will see if we have an Australian collected version (nothing against the dear old Rev S-B).

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: ADD: Maid of Australia
From: Martin Graebe
Date: 14 Mar 99 - 06:41 PM

This version was collected by Sabine Baring-Gould from George Doidge of Chillaton in West Devon on 28th September 1896. The missing line in verse three in other versions has the young woman floating on her back.

This has been transcribed from the unpublished Baring-Gould manuscripts
(see www.btinternet.com/~greenjack/sbghome.html)

MAID OF AUSTRALIA


As I walked out upon Oxberry Banks
Where the fair pretty maidens were playing their pranks
Then beneath the green bushes I sat myself down
To view the sweet damsels that flourished around
    In the forests of happy Australia
    In the forests of happy Australia
    Where the maidens are handsome and gay

Then a beautiful damsel to me did appear
To the banks of the river the light did draw near
Then slipped off her clothes, before me did stand
As fair as did Venus just come from the wood
    In the forests of happy Australia
    In the forests of happy Australia
    Where the maidens are handsome and gay

She plunged in the river without fear or dread
With her hands all extended in swimming outspread
Her long lovely hair hung in ringlets so slack
(line omitted)
    In the forests of happy Australia
    In the forests of happy Australia
    Where the maidens are handsome and gay

Like lightning I hasted and came to the strand
When her feet chanced to slip and she slid on the sand
With my arm round her waist I so closely did twine
Till the Sun in the west had begun to decline
    In the forests of happy Australia
    In the forests of happy Australia
    Where the maidens are handsome and gay

(two lines omitted)
Then I left the fair maid in Australia behind
To pace forth her sighs and to mourn in the wind
    In the forests of happy Australia
    In the forests of happy Australia
    Where the maidens are handsome and gay


Martin


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Subject: RE: Maid of Australia
From: bill\sables
Date: 14 Mar 99 - 03:30 PM

thanks pete I don't have Kenedy's book I have been looking for this song for a while


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Subject: RE: Maid of Australia
From: Pete M
Date: 14 Mar 99 - 03:05 PM

Bill, I've got a recording of it by Martyn Wyndham-Read somewhere, I'll dig it out if you can't find Kennedy's book.

Pete M


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Subject: RE: Maid of Australia
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Date: 12 Mar 99 - 06:56 PM

In Peter Kennedy's 'Folksongs of Britain and Ireland', #183, from Harry Cox. I think it's also on a Harry Cox recording.


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Subject: Maid of Australia
From: bill\sables
Date: 12 Mar 99 - 06:45 PM

I am looking for the words of the song Maid of Australia I think the first lines went something like this; "One day when I strolled by the Oxborough Banks Where the maids of Australia play their wild pranks." Roy Harris used it sing it in the U.K. around twenty years ago Cheers Bill.


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