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Lyr Req: Jack's Song (Martin Curtis)

04 Jul 04 - 12:11 AM (#1219111)
Subject: Lyr Req: Jack's Song- by NZ's Martin Curtis
From: AnneMC

Hi,
Can anyone help with the lyrics for New Zealander Martin Curtis'
tune called "Jack's Song", about a rabbiter.
Anne


04 Jul 04 - 12:43 AM (#1219120)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jack's Song- by NZ's Martin Curtis
From: Billy the Bus

G'day Anne,

Sorry I can't help with my old mate's words for Jack's Song. II all else fails, get in touch wirh the old codger himself. Contact details on the Martin Curtis Homepage. Hmmm.... must be time for my midwinter phone-call to him..;)

Cheers - Sam - Stewart Island (NZ)


04 Jul 04 - 04:03 AM (#1219149)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jack's Song- by NZ's Martin Curtis
From: Gurney

Try    http://folksongs.org.nz


Haven't looked specifically.

Chris in Auckland.


04 Jul 04 - 03:54 PM (#1219396)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jack's Song- by NZ's Martin Curtis
From: AnneMC

Thanks for the reply, but that tune isn't on this NZ Folksong site.
Heaps of other very interesting stuff about New Zealand folk music, and some of Martin Curtis' songs there, but not "Jack's Song".

Anne

P.S.
Your link above didn't work - should be no 's' on folksong:
http://folksong.org.nz )


06 Jul 04 - 03:31 AM (#1219752)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jack's Song- by NZ's Martin Curtis
From: Gurney

Sorry about the intrusive 's', Anne. I was having trouble getting through to Mudcat and rewrote it four times before it went. Sometimes happens.
Sorry about the missing song too. Not on any list I've accessed.


06 Jul 04 - 04:11 PM (#1220146)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jack's Song- by NZ's Martin Curtis
From: Little Robyn

Martin's email address is
curtismr(at)xtra.co.nz
The unabbreviated @ is to stop junk mail!
Write and ask Martin himself. He's a very helpful guy, tho' he might be up a mountain enjoying the snow right now.
Robyn


07 Jul 04 - 04:20 PM (#1220911)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jack's Song- by NZ's Martin Curtis
From: AnneMC

Thanks, Robin
Will email Martin.


10 Jul 04 - 11:35 PM (#1223131)
Subject: Lyr Add: JACK'S SONG (Martin Curtis)
From: AnneMC

Martin very kindly corrected the errors in transcription I had made.
Full lyrics for anyone else interested:

JACK'S SONG (by Martin Curtis)

Long before sunrise, we're out of the sack
Throw tea and flour in your battered old pack
Hang all your traps round your trusty old hack,
Away to the brown hills of Pisa

We eat rabbit curry, we eat rabbit stew
We've tried rabbit roasted, and rabbit pie too
Without us there wouldn't be one single ewe,
Up in the brown hills of Pisa

CHORUS: And it's gut 'em and skin 'em, and five for a bob
Some people say it's not much of a job
But give me my freedom, just me and me cob
Up in the brown hills of Pisa

A rabbit has never done me any harm
His meat kept me fed and his fur kept me warm
He gave me my living, he earned me my farm,
Under the brown hills of Pisa

We catch 'em by trapping, we kill 'em with shot,
We'll send down a ferret and bring up the lot
But now it's 1080 and leave them to rot,
Up in the brown hills of Pisa

CHORUS

The rabbiter's life was the life that I knew
A horse and my traps and my old 22
But *myx is the next thing they're going to use,
Up in the brown hills of Pisa
* myxomatosis

CHORUS