Maranoa Drovers by A. W. Davis

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Air - "Little Sally Waters."

The night is dark and stormy, and the sky is clouded o'er;
   Our horses we will mount and ride away,
To watch the squatters' cattle through the darkness of the night,
   And we'll keep them on the camp till break of day.

Chorus -
         For we're going, going, going to Gunnedah so far,
            And we'll soon be into sunny New South Wales;
         We shall bid farewell to Queensland, with its swampy coolibah ---
            Happy drovers from the sandy Maranoa.

When the fires are burning bright through the darkness of the night,
   And the cattle camping quiet, well, I'm sure
That I wish for 2 o'clock when I call the other watch ---
   This is droving from the sandy Maranoa.

Our beds made on the ground, we are sleeping all so sound
   When we're wakened by the distant thunder's roar,
And the lightning's vivid flash followed by an awful crash ---
   It's rough on drovers from the sandy Maranoa.

We are up at break of day, and we're all soon on the way,
   For we always have to go ten miles or more;
It don't do to loaf about, or the squatter will oome out ---
   He's strict on drovers from the sandy Maranoa.

We shall soon be on the Moonie, and we'll cross the Barwon, too;
   Then we'll be out upon the rolling plains once more;
We'll shout "Hurrah! for old Queensland, with its swampy coolibah,
   And the cattle that come off the Maranoa."

First published in The Queenslander, 11 August 1894;
and later in
Old Bush Songs: Composed and Sung in the Bushranging, Digging and Overlanding Days edited by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson, 1905;
The North Queensland Register, 26 November 1923, and 25 May 1940;
The Overlander Songbook edited by Ronald George Edwards, 1971;
Old Bush Songs and Rhymes of Colonial Times edited by Douglas Stewart, 1976;
Complete Book of Australian Folklore edited by Bill Scott, 1976;
The Bushwackers Australian Song Book edited by Jan Wositzky and Dobe Newton, 1988;
The Penguin Book of Australian Ballads edited by Elizabeth Webby and Philip Butterrs, 1993; and
Our Country: Classic Australian Poetry: From the Colonial Ballads to Paterson & Lawson edited by Michael Cook, 2004.

Author: A. W. Davis was born about 1870 and worked as a drover in Queensland.  Beyond this nothing is known about this author.

Author reference sites: Austlit

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