Ballad of Minnie Ramsay [song, 1902]

[Editor: This was written in the vernacular style of the day, including a particular style of emphasis in the spelling of some words, including: aout, araound, daoubt, daown, faound, hage, haint, haow, ighteen, naow, owful, olways, raound, taown, and thet.] Ballad of Minnie Ramsay. She s a lidy, is that Minnie; yer ort ter see […]

Song of the Sun-Downer [song, 1902]

Song of the Sun-Downer. O there’s dust on the road and there’s dust on me back And the glare o’ the sun makes me reel in me track, But I work when I may and I beg when I must, To keep me poor body from turning to dust, — Singing tweedle-dum, tweedle-dum, tweedle-dum di, […]

The Son of a Jackaroo [song, 1902]

[Editor: This was written in the vernacular style of the day, including a particular style of emphasis in the spelling of some words, including: aout, araound, raound, and taown.] The Son of a Jackaroo. ’E’s a lazy sort o’ feller an ’e loafs araound all day, ’Sif th’ diggins wuz intended as a kind o’ […]

My Jennie of Katoomba [song, 1902]

My Jennie of Katoomba. O my rosy laughing Jennie, will you hie away with me ? I’ve a station in the gum-bush where the grass will touch your knee ; I’ve a thousand sheep a-bleeting, I’ve a cosy hut for you ; It is lonely in the gum-bush and there’s room enough for two ! […]

South Australia [song, 1902 version]

[Editor: This version of the song “South Australia” was published in A Wanderer’s Songs of the Sea (1902), a book of songs collected by an American, Charles Keeler, in his travels around the Pacific Ocean.] South Australia. Our bark for South Australia sails And on we ride through trades and gales ; Heave away, haul […]