Saturday, June 11, 2011

Farewell Dan and Edward Kelly





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Farewell Dan and Edward Kelly,
Farewell Byrne and Steve Hart too,
With the poor your memory liveth,
Those who blame you are but few.

Thirty policemen did besiege you
In the hotel owned by Jones,
Then was our gallant leader;
Nothing left you but the bones.

Dirty policemen did outdo you,
In a manner I am told,
Dirty policemen did outdo you,
For a paltry sum of gold.

Farewell Dan and Edward Kelly,
Farewell Byrnes and Steve Hart too,
With the poor, your memory lingers,
Those that blame you are but few.



Lyrics and notes from Mudcat:


A conglomeration of the available fragments. The first:


Recorded by John Meredith from the singing of Jack Luscombe, aged 86 (in March, 1953), of Ryde, N. S. W. Luscombe learned the song in Queensland during the 1890s. The second stanza appearing In "The Bulletin" of June 10th, 1882.

The verses:

Collected by Warren Fahey from Cyril Duncan (source: 1- cassette collection of ABC Radio programs: While the Billy Boils, A Panorama of Australian Folklore, devised and scripted by Warren Fahey, Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1981. [ISBN 0 6442 975817]



The illustration is a contemporary newspaper illustration. The caption reads:

"THE OUTLAWS AT BAY. SCENE OF THE ATTACK ON JONES'S HOTEL AT GLENROWAN"

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