Queenslanders New Colonial


SONGSTERS AND SONGBOOKS

 

AUSTRALIAN SONGS PUBLISHED IN THE QUEENSLANDERS NEW COLONIAL CAMPFIRE SONGBOOK


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THE QUEENSLANDERS NEW COLONIAL CAMPFIRE SONGBOOK

Dated 1865
Printed F. Cunningham. Pitt St. Sydney
Small songster size. Paper cover. Some are designated the work of ‘Remos’ (P. Somer) however popular items like Stockman’s Last Bed are not ascribed. The book’s cover attributes ‘Old Explorer’ which implies authorship of songs. The rear of the songster asks readers to get ready for No 2 of the songbook.

Includes songs, toasts and jokes.

SONG TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
Queensland Explorers Song Happy Are We Darkies So Gay I’ve been a long journey with stock overland
The First Hole The Cork Leg A few years ago, or so I am told
The Gentle Troubadour
The Kennedy Men Bonnie Dundee The northernmost part of bonnie Queensland Remos
Squatting in Queensland Bow Wow Wow Squatting up in Queensland’s a great mistake, I guess
Homeopathic Soup Take a robin’s leg Note: suggests this piece might have been printed in London Punch
The Overlander Dearest Mae When I went out exploring, I took up a fine new run
And then came back to Sydney, and had some jolly fun
Remos
The Stockman’s last Bed Boatswain’s Last Whistle Be ye stockman or not ö to my story give ear Note: as sung by the Pioneer Minstrels
Wallaby Joe The Mistletoe Bough The saddle is hung on the stockyard rail
My Old Black Pipe When the sky of my life is overshadowed with clouds
The Lazy Society How hard is this world to get through Note: as sung on the Murrumbidgee
Toast Come fill, fill your glasses, Be this the toast given: Queensland forever!
Toast A full purse, a fresh bottle, and a pretty face