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GerryM Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook (986* d) RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia 24 Dec 20

SALVATION JANE              words and music:  Fay White

(With some changes made by the folk process. It thanks John Warner)
In the Flinders Ranges grows a flower glorious to see
Pink and purple, paddocks full, a goldmine for the bee
For its nectar yields a blending honey and its pollen's a link in the chain
Giving food for the hive so the bee-keeper blesses it                            
And calls it Salvation Jane
But across the border in New South Wales it's a different kind of scene
For the flower infests the western plain - down to the Riverine
And it gives the cattle a liver disease that affects the grazier's purse
So he sees the weed with a jaded eye
And calls it Paterson's Curse
        Salvation Jane, Salvation Jane
        Adverse? Converse?, is it Paterson’s Curse
        Or is it Salvation Jane?
Cross the border again to South Australia for the farmer's voice to hear
He says that the weed grows greener longer and later in the year
So it feeds your cattle in droughty weather and fattens them nicely too
It's no great trouble if you manage it well
Just depends on your point of view
Well I know some folks whose hearts are like
a paddock ploughed and bare
Fertile ground for growing good grain and reaping a harvest there
But with constant, constant care they’re watering seeds of pain                
And they’re reaping a crop of Paterson's curse        
And not Salvation Jane
        Salvation Jane, Salvation Jane,
        For better or worse, turn Paterson's Curse
        Into Salvation Jane.


Fay White writes,

"Salvation Jane/Paterson's Curse is a harmful pasture weed in eastern Australia but it sustains livestock in times of drought.  The ambivalent nature of this biennial plant gives us a quaint metaphor for how we handle our lives - happiness and excess grief aren't dealt out by fate, but are choices we make ourselves."

Recorded by Jill Stevens on the album Desert Rain, Restless RRP016. No recordings available online, so far as I know. My thanks to Margaret Walters for contacting Fay White, and to Fay White for her permission to post these lyrics.

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