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Stewie Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia (981* d) RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia 19 Oct 20


Another fine Kiwi singer/songwriter with a song about an incident on Norfolk Island in the 1840s.

EMILY BAY
(Andrew London)

Johnny was a wild one, got sent down
Seven years hard in Sydney Town
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ayElizabeth cried on the dock, says he,
‘You’re a good girl, Lizzie, don’t you wait for me’
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay

Johnny was a thief, he was quicker than some
Got caught with a bottle of the captain’s rum
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay

Judge said, ‘I can turn a hard man around
You can do your time out in Kingston Town’
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay
Johnny said, ‘ Well you can cut a chain for me
But I’ll curse your eyes till the day that I’m free
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay

Johnny took a hundred till the blood ran black
And the chaplain said, ‘That’s a dead man’s back’
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay

Jackie said, ‘Now brother come along with me
Gonna kill me a copper been a-worryin’ me’
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay
Johnny said, ‘Well Jack I been a thinkin’ just the same’
And they got three more before the soldiers came
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay

The commandant said, ‘You’re gonna hang this morn
And England’s sorry that you ever been born
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay

Johnny was a wild one, got sent down
He never did a year in Kingston Town
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay
Elizabeth cried on the day she read
He was thrown in a hole, not a prayer was said
Tura-lura-lura-luralie-ay

And on the Murderers’ Mound, you can hear his plea:
‘You’re a good girl, Lizzie, don’t you wait for me’
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay
And the blood runs down to the sand on Emily Bay

Youtube clip

Bob McNeill does a lovely cover of the song with Gillian Boucher on fiddle:

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--Stewie.


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