Bill Harney Songs


BILL HARNEY BAWDRY SONGS

The following songs transcribed from the singing of Bill Harney
State Library of South Australia. Recorded Adelaide 1962. Also refer to items in racist section that were sent to Nancy Keesing in 1952

Bill Harney was a noted Territorian bushman and writer.

The following song was learnt in the 1950s from Cuban (American?) Cattlemen who were working in the north of Australia.

Hickey Hickey Hay

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Green Leaves Upon the Green

Note:
It was obviously at this stage of singing the song
Bill Harney decided that the final verse was too raunchy to sing ñ
so he didn’t. <

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Darwin’s Fanny Bay

(O.P. = overproof rum)

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Down on the Range

Note:

‘ninnies = piccaninnies (young aboriginal girls)
Bill Harney said this was a Victoria River song.

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DOWN THE DALY RIVER-OH

(same version as Edwards)

COMBO’S ANTHEM

Tune Brian O’Lynn

F/L: When the stock panel slams on the last knolly beast

SAM HOLT

(Complete song)