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GUEST,Gerry Lyr/Chords Req: The Outside Track (Henry Lawson) (14) RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The Outside Track (Henry Lawson) 17 Jun 20


Guest Willie-O posted lyrics upthread on 23 Feb 2000. The words Henry Lawson wrote differ in a few places from those lyrics. In the first stanza, instead of

No straighter mate to his mates than he ever said, "Old Len's a match!

it should be

No straighter mate to his mates than he had ever said "Len's a match!"

where "Len's" is a contraction of "Lend us". In the last line of that stanza, "looked" should be "seemed". Second line of the chorus, "And" should be "As". Fourth line of chorus, "spirits" should be "spirit".

Second line of second stanza should be "That rolled from the waters green". Fifth line, second "we" should be "and".

Third stanza, first line, "in" should be "as". Second line, "felt" should be "seemed". Fourth line, "As" should be "When".

Fourth stanza, first line, "When" should be "And". Line seven, "my" should be "a".

Final chorus, first line, "So" should be "But". Third line should be "Then a last good-bye to the bush". Last line, "At the back" should be "On the track".

Most of these are quite minor and make very little difference to the meaning, but I think the first and the last corrections are more serious. My authority is Poetical Works, a collection of Lawson's poetry published in 1925, and also the second edition of The Songs of Henry Lawson, compiled by Chris Kempster, published in 2008.


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