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Outside Track (Garnet Rogers)

The port lights glow in the morning mist,
That rolled from the waters green;
And over the railing we grasped his fist,
As the dark tide came between.
We cheered the captain, we cheered the crew,
And our mate times out of mind;
We cheered the land he was going to,
And the land he had left behind.

For they marry and go as the world rolls back,
They marry and vanish and die;
But their spirit shall live on the outside track,
As long as the years go by.

We roared Lang Syne as a last farewell,
But my heart seemed out of joint;
I well remember the hush that fell,
As the steamer passed the point.
We drifted home through the public bars,
We were ten times less by one
Who sailed out under the morning stars,
And under the rising sun.

For they marry and go as the world rolls back,
They marry and vanish and die;
But their spirit shall live on the outside track,
As long as the years go by.

And one by one, and two by two,
Sailed from the wharf since then;
I said good-bye to the last I knew,
The last of the careless men.
And I can't but think the times we had,
Were the best times after all;
As I turn aside with a lonely glass,
And drink to the bar-room wall.

For they marry and go as the world rolls back,
They marry and vanish and die;
But their spirit shall live on the outside track,
As long as the years go by.

####.... Henry Lawson [1867-1922], 1918 ....####
Australian writer and poet, Henry Lawson, was born on the Grenfell goldfields in New South Wales the son of a Norwegian seaman, Niels Larson, who later changed his name to Peter Lawson. In Henry's early years, the family lived on a poor selection in the Mudgee district. Lawson suffered from deafness and was often teased as a result.

Per Bob Bolton on January 7, 2007 at 7:55 AM in the Mudcat.org: "Lawson uses "The Outside Track" to mean the working world beyond colonial Australia - contrasted to the 'Home Track', the familiar and accepting world of Australia."

This variant was recorded by Garnet Rogers with music by Gerry Hallom (Outside Track, 1985, and Summer Lightning, trk#10, ©1994, 2000 and 2007 CD, Snowgoose).



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