Mudcat Café message #4071301 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168402   Message #4071301
Posted By: rich-joy
09-Sep-20 - 07:36 AM
Thread Name: Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
FANNIE BAY ~ Doug & Andy Tainsh / and possibly David Charles


Tell her Iím droving down Camooweal way
Or signed on with pearlers for seas far away
You can tell her Iíve gone, Iíll be back some day
Please donít tell her they hanged me in old Fannie Bay.

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And on Thursday Island the sun warms her hair
As the breeze from the sea blows her hair
And she sits by her window and calls me
Yes, she calls me.

You can say Iíve gone on the old ďRiver QueenĒ
Its whistle a-haunting the bullockysí dream
Down the Murray Iíve gone, Iíll be back some day
Please donít tell her they hanged me in old Fannie Bay.

You can say the bush has called me away
And Iím riding the fences for ten bob a day
Yes, I needed a job, I needed the pay
Please donít tell her they hanged me in old Fannie Bay.

And they came to the door and they dragged me away
From all that I love and I pray
That it wonít reach her ears, Ďcause I love her
And sheíd die - sheíd die - sheíd die for sure.

Just say the gold has taken me down
To the places where fortunes are easily found
Yes, Iíve gone, but tell her Iíll be back some day
Just donít tell her they hanged me in old Fannie Bay.



I wanted to link to the version by Darwin, NT trio "Tropical Ear" - from the 1980s - but I cannot locate one on YT.   
However, I found this version which has similarities - it's by FNQ [= Far North Qld] group "Snake Gully" :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yniaWFegcE


Cheers, R-J