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Stewie Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook (986* d) RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia 07 Jan 21


Sandra, many thanks for the links.

Warren Fahey recorded an interesting variant of 'Wild Rover' from Sally Sloane.

IíVE BEEN A WILD BOY
(Traditional)

Oh, my father he died and he left me his estate
I married a lady whose fortune was great
And through keeping bad company, I've spent all my store
I have been a wild boy but I'll be so no more

Oh, there was Bill, Tom and Harry, and Betsy and Sue
And two or three others belonged to our crew
We sat up till midnight and made the town roar
Oh, I've been a wild boy but I'll be so no more

I was always too fond of treating ladies to wine
Till my pockets grew empty, too soon I would find
Twenty pounds in one night, oh, I've spent them and more
Oh, I've been a wild boy but I'll be so no more

Oh, it's first down to Newgate, a prisoner I stand
I had on cold irons, I had to lament
And I had to find comfort as I lay on the floor
Oh, I've been a wild boy but I'll be so no more

Oh, the next, down to Newgate a prisoner I stand
And what I have longed for, is now out of hand
And if ever I gain my liberty as I've had before
I will be a good boy as I have been before

Oh, bad luck to all married men who visit strange doors
I have done so myself, but I'll do so no more
I'll go home to my family, I'll go home to my wife
And I'll be a good boy all the rest of my life

Youtube clip

The version printed in Stewart and Keesing's 'Old Bush Songs' is closer to the more familiar one that was doing the rounds in the revival. You can find it on Mark Gregory's marvellous site:

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--Stewie.


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