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Stewie Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia (957* d) RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia 22 Oct 20


Poor Ned, you're better off dead
At least you'll get some peace of mind
You're out on the track
They're right on your back
Boy, they're 'gonna hang you high

Eighteen hundred and seventy eight
Was the year I remember so well
They put my father in an early grave
Slung my mother in gaol
Now I don't know what's right or wrong
But they hung Christ on nails
Six kids at home and two still on the breast
They wouldn't even give her bail


You know I wrote a letter
'Bout Stringybark Creek
So they would understand
That I might be a bushranger
But I'm not a murdering man
I didn't want to shoot Kennedy
Or that copper Lonnigan
He alone could have saved his life
By throwing down his gun


You know they took Ned Kelly
And they hung him in the Melbourne gaol
He fought so very bravely
Dressed in iron mail
And no man single-handed
Can hope to break the bars
It's a thousand like Ned Kelly
Who'll hoist the flag of stars


Those are the lyrics for Redgum's version which is probably the best-known one in Oz.


For a full discussion of the provenance of this song check out this Mudcat thread, particularly the contributions by Bob Bolton:


The Lucas/Fotheringay rendition:



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