Mudcat Café message #4071716 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168402   Message #4071716
Posted By: rich-joy
13-Sep-20 - 05:14 AM
Thread Name: Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia

1.   Dusty plains and iron chains met Erin's sons and daughters
Cast upon a barren land, a far-off distant shore
They dreamed of misty mountains and their home across the water
They sang of Connemara and the home they'd see no more.
Now limestone walls are all that's left of times of pain and failure
This country yields the secrets of the beauty that it holds
And the tunes of Erin's Isle are now the music of Australia
For Irish hands have woven strands of green among the gold.

And so beneath the southern cross they sang their songs of Ireland
Who sent her sons and daughters there in the hungry days of old
They play their jigs and reels beneath the skies of their new homeland
For Irish hands have woven strands of green among the gold.

2.   Times were hard at home and so they took a crazy notion
To start a brand new life upon the far side of the globe
And now they find their hearts are stranded somewhere in mid ocean
Though their days are full of sunshine and their future's full of hope,
Their children sing of a droving life, of shearers, and bushrangers
They learn to play the music and to dance the steps of old
Though their hearts are in Australia they never will be strangers
To the land they left behind them; they're the green among the gold.

I didnít find a recording by WA composers Steve & Ros Barnes, so here is an a cappella version by the Germany-based trio IONTACH :

Steve Barnes was for many years the Artistic Director of Fairbridge Folk Festival, at Pinjarra in Western Australia.

Cheers, R-J