Friday, August 12, 2011

The Drover/Brisbane Ladies

Saul Mendelsohn

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Farewell and adieu to you Brisbane ladies
Farewell and adieu to you girls of Toowong
For we've sold all our cattle and cannot now linger
But trust we shall see you again before long

We sing and we shout like true Queensland natives
As merrily, merrily, onward we push
Until we return to the Old Cattle station
What joy and delight is a life in the bush

The first camp we make we shall call it the Good Luck
Cabbolture and Kilcoy, thne Colinton hut
We pull up at Stone House, Bob Williamson's paddock
And soon the next morning we cross the Black Butt

On, on past Taromeo to Yarraman Creek, boys
It's there we will make a fine camp for the day
Where the water and grass are both plenty and good boys
The life of the drover is merry and gay

The camp is all snug and supper is over
We lounge round the fire enjoying a smoke
While yarning of home or the life of a drover
Till all join in the chorus to "Grandfather's Clock"

Next night through Nanango - the jolly old township
"Good day to you, lads" wiht a hearty shake hands
"Come on, this is my shout! Well here's to your next trip
And we hope you will step in tonight at our dance

Oh, the girls look so pretty - the sight is entrancing
Bewitching and graceful they join in the fun
Of waltz, polka, first set, and all other dancing
To the old concertina of Jack Smith, the Don

Though far I have travelled through Russia and Finns-land
Have met the famed damsels of Poland and Spain
More lovely and fair are the darlings of Queensland
You may search the wide world for their equals in vain

Now drink to our lasses in right hearty fashion
Come sing the loud chorus - sing farewell to all
We'll drink this town dry then farewell to all
And when we return from the Old Cattle Station
We'll always be pleased to give you a call

This version from the Hurd Collection (1894-1900), and written by Saul Mendelsohn, a storekeeper from Nanango. The more-famous version is that collected by AL Lloyd.

The illustration to this post is of

Wool trains leaving Burenda Station, Augathella, 1910.

from Bonzle

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