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Stewie Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook (984* d) RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia 16 Oct 20

A softer side of the breaker:

(Harry Morant)

Tom rode a bonny dark bay nag
He wore a battered cabbage-tree
And as I filled our water-bag
He came and asked a drink from me

The cattle passed our hometead gate
Beside our well I watched them pass
While dad was in a fearful state
About his water and his grass

Tom said that drink was just like wine
He said my eyes were soft and brown
He said there were no eyes like mine
From Dandaloo to Sydney Town

I watched him with a trembling lip
Yet little thought I then that he
Who asked a drink from me that trip
Would next trip ask my dad for me

Tom's droving days long since are done
The wet tear oft has dimmed my eye
For days when I was woo’d and won
Come back to me when stock go by

Brad Tate put a tune to this little poem:

Youtube clip

Graham Jenkin also put a tune to it. It can be found at page 74 of his 'Great Australian Balladists'.

Both Jenkin and Davies & Ilott omit the second stanza.

The final stanza suggests unhappiness in the marriage. At one stage, Breaker Morant was briefly married to Daisy Bates. My mate Colin Smiley from Perth compiled a themed concert relating to the Morant/Bates relationship which was presented at a Top Half Folk Festival and repeated in Perth.

There is some info on this interesting relationship here:

Breaker and Bates


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