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Andy´s gone with Cattle (lyrics) by Henry Lawson

This song was originally written in 1888 as a poem by Australia´s much-loved short-story writer, Henry Lawson. The version here varies slightly from the original. The first two verses depict the hardship in the life of a drover´s wife and the final verse is basically a prayer for rain – clearly not a song of Scottish origin.

Our Andy's gone with cattle now
Our hearts are out of order
With drought he's gone to battle now
Across the Queensland border

He's left us in dejection now
Our thoughts with him are roving
It's dull on this selection, now
Since Andy's went to droving

Who now shall wear that cheerful face
In times when things are blackest?
And who shall whistle round the place
When fortune frowns her darkest?

And who shall cheek the squatter now
When he comes round us snarling?
His tongue is growing hotter now
Since Andy crossed the Darling

Oh may the rain tomorrow fall
And all the tanks run over
And may the grass grow green and tall
In pathways of the drover

And may good angels send the rain
In desert stretches sandy
And when the summer comes again
God grant it brings us Andy.

 

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