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GUEST,Gerry ADD:Goanna Drover/ Bangtail Muster (Ted Egan) (15) RE: Lyr Req: Bangtail Muster (Ted Egan) 06 Jul 20

A few notes on The Goanna Drover.

Goannas are reptiles common in Australia. Some species grow to two meters, most are quite a bit smaller.

Drover Australia has had cattle drives, and the people who drove the cattle were called drovers. No one drove goannas the song should be taken in the same spirit as Art Thieme's story of The Great Turtle Drive.

Moleskins these are trousers, made of a certain kind of cotton. No moles are harmed.

Dipping the mob is immersing the animals in a solution to kill germs, parasites, and suchlike.

The 'curry is the town of Cloncurry in rural Queensland. The Isa is the town of Mt Isa, also in rural Queensland. The Murranji track is a stock route in the Northern Territory.

Gibber plains are "a desert surface covered with closely packed, interlocking angular or rounded rock fragments of pebble and cobble size," sez Wikipedia.

Hobart is the capital of Tasmania ("Tassie"), an island state, separated from the mainland by the waters of Bass Strait (familiar to those who know the John Warner song, Anderson's Coast).

I probably made a few mistakes in transcribing the lyrics Joe posted, and a typo or two, but nothing too serious, I hope. First stanza, third line, maybe "pressed" is supposed to be "breasted" or maybe even "addressed". Anyway, there are several recordings up on Youtube, you can hear for yourselves.

Joe, thanks for posting.

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