Maids of Australia


Jim Cargill

 

Avoca Street
Randwick. NSW
Recorded 19th April 1973
SITE SOURCE: Jim Cargill – Folklore Unit

 

Maids of Australia

 

One day as I strolled by the Hawkesbury banks
Where the maids of Australia, they play their wild pranks
Near a palm-shaded tree, I laid myself down,
To admire the young damsels who gathered around
On the banks of that stream in Australia
Round the banks of that stream in Australia
Where the maids are all handsome and gay

Soon a charming young damsel before me appeared
She came for to bathe in the streams close by here
With kissing and caressing, she soon said to me
Can’t you see it’s the dress that kind nature gave me
On the morn I was born in Australia
On the morn I was born in Australia
Where the maids are all handsome and gay

Soon exhausted by swimming she swam to the brink
Come and save me, kind sir, I’m afraid that I’ll sink
Like lightning I sprang and got hold of her hand
I tried for to rise but fell back on the sand
And I entered the bush of Australia
And I entered the bush of Australia
Where the maids are all handsome and gay

Soon the eighth month was over and the ninth month had come
And the charming young creature brought forth a fine son
She looked for his dad, but no where could be found
It’s then she remembered that fall on the ground
On the banks of that stream in Australia
On the banks of that stream in Australia
Where the maidens are all handsome and gay.

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