#02810
Botany Bay (Masterless Men) video
See also: Botany Bay (Burlesque Comedy)
And also: To The Shores Of Botany Bay
(Makem And Clancy)
#1400: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

My ship she sails in the mornin'
for half a world away,
So raise your glasses just once more,
ye friends of yesterday;
We laughed with pride but side by side
we've lived long day to day,
And I wonder are there friends like you
on the shores of Botany Bay.

Farewell you little narrow streets
I wandered as a child,
Farewell you kindly neighbours,
I used to drive you wild;
I'm bound for South Australia,
the land of great renown,
Have a drink today before I'll say
farewell to my native town.

The doors were never bolted,
and the hearth it shone like steel,
The kettle always boilin',
and the welcome you could feel;
Well, there was bread upon the table,
and whiskey in the tay,
And I wonder are there friends like you
on the shores of Botany Bay.

Farewell you little narrow streets
I wandered as a child,
Farewell you kindly neighbours,
I used to drive you wild;
I'm bound for South Australia,
the land of great renown,
Have a drink today before I'll say
farewell to my native town.

The memories flow but I must go,
good neighbours, take my hand,
It's not the want of comrades
I leave my native land;
We've laughed and sang, the rafters rang,
sure as in my spring day,
And I'll shed a tear every mile from here
to the shores of Botany Bay.

Farewell you little narrow streets
I wandered as a child,
Farewell you kindly neighbours,
I used to drive you wild;
I'm bound for South Australia,
the land of great renown,
Have a drink today before I'll say
farewell to my native town.
Have a drink today before I'll say
farewell to my native town.

####.... Variant of a traditional Irish song of migration arranged by Masterless Men ....####
Recorded by Masterless Men (Ode To Age trk#7, 1993, produced by Jim Fidler and recorded at Piper Stock Productions, Torbay, NL).

Also recorded from a live performance as Shores Of Botany Bay by Masterless Men on a compilation album by various artists (Welcome To The Experience, trk#1, recorded live by Rick Barela and Mark Neary during St Patrick's Weekend March 15-19, 2001, at O'Reilly's Pub, St John's, NL).

From Wikipedia:
South Australia - state of Australia in the southern central part of the country. It covers some of the most arid parts of the continent with a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi), it is the fourth largest of Australia's six states and two territories. The state's origins are unique in Australia as a freely-settled, planned British province, rather than as a convict settlement. Official settlement began on 28 December 1836.



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