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Thread #168402   Message #4070201
Posted By: Stewie
30-Aug-20 - 11:14 PM
Thread Name: Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Bugger, I did it again - all the nameless GHESTS in this thread are yours truly.

Here's another Robertson favourite that I first heard on Declan Affley's 'Rake and a Rambling Man' LP.

(Harry Robertson)

I've travelled hard these last ten weary years
And my youthful dreams have slowly turned to fears
If you think I am complaining I can tell you that I'm not
For I know that this is just the drifter's lot

Many years my home has been the wayside camp
And I've starved and sweated on the river banks
And I've fought with fists and feet, rough-neck drifters that I meet
Broken dreams and bottles pave my lonely street

As a homeless boy I thought when I'm a man
I'll change this world and right what wrongs I can
Since then I have met defeat, it's a bitter bread to eat
And the homeless boy is now a homeless man

Happiness has not been mine upon this earth
Both my parents left me when they met their death
And I'll drink before I eat with the drifters that I meet
But the sorrow here is mine and mine alone

So my friends I think that I should move along
And I'm glad that you have listened to my song
For the road is all I know and I'll wander it alone
As an outcast homeless drifter, and unknown

The text above is copied from the booklet to Mathieson's 'Harry's Legacy'. Evidently, the tune is
traditional Norwegian.

The only clip I could find on the Net is by Warren Fahey:

Youtube clip