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Far Away In Australia (Ryan's Fancy) videos
See also: Far Away In Australia (Traditional)
#983 YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

Spoken:
This next song I got out at a time in Newfoundland,
But I think it was first brought
to light by the McNulty Family,
About twenty or thirty years ago -
A song called Far Away In Australia.

Oh, far away in Australia,
Soon will fate be kind;
And I will be ready to welcome at last,
The girl I left behind.

"Oh, sweetheart, this time I must bid you goodbye,"
Murmured the youth one day;
"I'm off to a new land, my fortune to try,
And I'm ready to sail away."

"Oh, must you depart now," the fair one did cry,
"I cannot let you go."
"Oh, yes, I must leave you," he gently replied,
"But just for a while or so."

And it's far away in Australia,
Soon will fate be kind;
And I will be ready to welcome at last,
The girl I left behind.

Oh, sadly she waits at the old cottage gate,
Waiting the whole day through;
Until a message comes over the wire,
And she's hoping these words are true.

"Oh, it's been successful and fair, love,
I will be always true;
And while I stay in this land far away,
I'll be building a home for you."

And it's far away in Australia,
Soon will fate be kind;
And I will be ready to welcome at last,
The girl I left behind.

Play it again!

And it's far away in Australia,
Soon will fate be kind;
And I will be ready to welcome at last,
The girl I left behind.

####.... Variant of an Irish traditional song of emigration brought to Newfoundland with the singing of the McNulty Family from County Rosscommon, Ireland, on the Decca (USA) label sometime between 1936 and 1947. ....####
In Free Wind Home, A Childhood Memory (1935-1948) Gary Saunders of Clarkes Head, Gander, NL, wrote: "After the war.... we listened to music too, mostly Irish Groups like the McNulty Family from VOCM out of St John's. By age nine or ten I knew such ballads as Far Away In Australia and The Wild Colonial Boy by heart." - Breakwater Books Ltd, St John's, NL, ©2007 by Gary Saunders.

The video above features a recording of a live performance by Ryan's Fancy (Ryan's Fancy Live, trk#9, 1975, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario, recorded live at Audio Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia).


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A variant was arranged and recorded by Ray Johnson of Job's Cove, Conception Bay, NL (Ray Johnson At The Newfoundlander, trk#6; 1972, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario, from the Newfoundlander Club in Halifax, recorded at Audio Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia).

The video below features a variant arranged and recorded by Harry Hibbs (More Harry Hibbs At The Caribou, trk#6, 1968, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, Ontario; remastered and released in 2002 by Unidisc Studios, Montreal, Quebec).


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#972 YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~


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