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Lyr Req: Anderson's Coast (John Warner)

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ANDERSON'S COAST
BRING OUT THE BANNERS


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Anderson's Coast


GUEST,polesdon 03 Dec 00 - 11:18 AM
Jeri 03 Dec 00 - 11:34 AM
Roger in Sheffield 03 Dec 00 - 11:50 AM
Roger in Sheffield 03 Dec 00 - 02:16 PM
Roger in Sheffield 03 Dec 00 - 02:19 PM
Charlie Baum 29 Oct 03 - 02:35 PM
Leadfingers 29 Oct 03 - 02:42 PM
GUEST,MCP 29 Oct 03 - 02:48 PM
Charley Noble 29 Oct 03 - 04:13 PM
Leadfingers 29 Oct 03 - 08:00 PM
breezy 30 Oct 03 - 05:29 AM
Sandra in Sydney 30 Oct 03 - 06:24 AM
Herga Kitty 30 Oct 03 - 03:32 PM
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Subject: andersons coast-lyrics?
From: GUEST,polesdon
Date: 03 Dec 00 - 11:18 AM

anyone know the words of this song? I heard nancy kerr and james fagin do it at Bromyard Folk Festival - Also any know the words of Lavender blue dilly dilly? THANKS


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Subject: Lyr Add: ANDERSON'S COAST (John Warner)^^
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Dec 00 - 11:34 AM

Lyrics to Anderson's Coast are in this thread.
Thread #27958   Message #345123
Posted By: Jeri
22-Nov-00 - 10:48 AM
Thread Name: Songs lost but not forgotten
Subject: Lyr Add: ANDERSON'S COAST^^

Here it is.
I've transcribed it from a CD with people singing in an accent (to my ears), and place names I'm unfamiliar with. If I've misheard anything, please correct me. I'm sure a JoeClone would be willing to edit the lyrics.
Thanks, and enjoy the song!

Anderson's Coast
by John Warner

Now Bass Strait roars like some great mill race
And where are you, my Annie
And the same moon shines on this lonely place
As shone one day on my Annies face

Chorus
But Annie dear, don't wait for me
I fear I shall not return to thee
There's naught to do but endure my fate
And watch the moon
The lonely moon
Light the breakers on wild Bass Strait.


We stole a vessel and all her gear
And where are you, my Annie
And from Van Diemen's we north did steer
'Till Bass Strait's wild waves wrecked us here

Chorus

And somewhere west port Melbourne lies
And where are you, my Annie
Through swamps infested with snakes and flies
The fool who walks there, he surely dies

Chorus

We hail no ships, though the time it drags
And where are you, my Annie
Our chain gang walk and government rags
All mark us out as Van Diemen's lags

Chorus

We fled the lash and the chafing chain
And where are you, my Annie
We fled hard labour and brutal pain
And here we are and here remain

Chorus

Repeat first verse

Transcribed from the singing of Cockersdale on the CD Wide Open Skies. Cockersdale got the song from John Warner's CD Pithead in the Fern.


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Subject: RE: andersons coast-lyrics?
From: Roger in Sheffield
Date: 03 Dec 00 - 11:50 AM

Go Jeri !!
I was just going to go and seek out the NK & JF CD Steely Water for the lyrics. Love that song and find myself just singing the couple of lines I know all the time
Roger


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Subject: Lyr Add: ANDERSON'S COAST (John Warner)^^
From: Roger in Sheffield
Date: 03 Dec 00 - 02:16 PM

Here they are anyway with the rest of the notes from the sleeve.

Anderson's Coast (j. Warner)
Australian singer John Warner writes evocative and beautifully poetic songs, many drawing on Australian colonial history. Anderson's Coast concerns of a group of convicts who escaped Van Diemen's Land in a stolen ship, only to be wrecked by the notorious Bass Strait waves on the Gippsland coast (in Victoria). The explorer Strzlecki and his small band stumbled out of dense rainforest and encountered the marooned men. Strzlecki would probably have perished had it not been for his Koori guide Charlie Tarra and this group of convicts who led him to Anderson, a pioneer settler who ran cattle on the South Gippsland coast. Apparently the convicts were pardoned for their contribution to the explorer's survival. We have been constantly singing this in our heads or out loud ever since we first heard it.
Old Bass Strait roars like some great mill race
And where are you, my Annie?
But the same moon shines on this lonely place
As shone one day on my Annie's face.
But Annie dear, don't wait for me,
I fear I shall not return to thee
There's nought to do but endure my fate
And watch the moon, the lonely moon
Light the breakers on wild Bass Strait.
We stole a vessel and all her gear
And from Van Diemen's we north did steer
'Till Bass Strait's wild waves wrecked us here.
And somewhere west Port Melbourne lies
Through swamps infested with snakes and flies
The fool who walks there surely dies.
We hail no ship though the time it drags
Our chain gang walk and our government rags
All mark us out as Van Diemen's lags,
We fled the lash and the chafing chain
We fled hard labour and brutal pain
And here we are and here remain.


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Subject: RE: andersons coast-lyrics?
From: Roger in Sheffield
Date: 03 Dec 00 - 02:19 PM

Oops


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast (John Warner)
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 02:35 PM

Danny Spooner includes the verse after "we stole a vessel..."

A mile inland, as our course was laid
And where are you, my Annie?
We found a government stockade.
Long long deserted, but stoutly made.

And he doesn't repeat the first verse when he sings it.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast (John Warner)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 02:42 PM

John Walters is a damn fine writer,and I would reccomend Pithead and the fern to anybody who likes good songs. I believe Margaret Walters is due over here in UK soon and she is worth catching--She sings a lot of Johns songs,and in fact last time i saw her she had John along.


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast (John Warner)
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 02:48 PM

See also:

Songs lost but not forgotten
Lyr Req: Bass Strait?
Lyr/Chord Req: Anderson's Coast
Chord/Tablature - Anderson's Coast

Mick


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast (John Warner)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 04:13 PM

Leadfingers-

You mean, I'm sure, "John Warner" who often sings with "Margaret Walters." They're both fine singers, and fine people. We'll be seeing them again in three weeks in Sydney.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast (John Warner)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 08:00 PM

Thanks for the correction Charley - Only recently heard that Margaret is due here soon so the brain faded on the name !!!


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast (John Warner)
From: breezy
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 05:29 AM

faded full stop.


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast (John Warner)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 06:24 AM

The stockade verse is hardly known to John's friends - we all learnt Anderson's Coast from his singing at many a session & also from Pithead. Until I heard Danny singing this verse I wasn't even aware it existed. I think it was cut from Pithead because the CD was getting too long.

John is a great songwriter. And a good bloke, too.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anderson's Coast (John Warner)
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 03:32 PM

The book of words that John and Margaret handed over to people who bought Pithead included the stockade verse as an asterisked verse (ie omitted during recording as the songs would otherwise have proved too long.) Danny Spooner has of course modified it slightly in his version - the original said "path" not "course" and there was only one "long" in the last line.

Having already cut one verse, John and Margaret did not repeat the first verse. I think that was a Cockersdale innovation.

John and Margaret are planning to tour Britain next summer and are looking for gigs.....

Kitty


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