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Thread #102397   Message #2074390
Posted By: Joe Offer
12-Jun-07 - 12:30 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: Farewell Dan and Edward Kelly
Subject: ADD: Farewell Dan and Edward Kelly
Well, the Meredith-Anderson book was a disappointment:

Source: Folksongs of Australia, by John Meredith and Hugh Anderson, 1967, 1985

The final three words were spoken, in the manner common to quite a few of the older singers.

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First line sounds like "Starlight on the Rails," the second like "Go to Sleep, You Weary Hobo." The book says the song sounds like "Just Before the Battle, Mother," or a Boer folk song from South Africa.
So, is that all there is to the song?

I'll alert Bob Bolton. He'll know. He's the one I got the book from.
-Joe Offer-