Van Dieman's Land lyrics


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February 2, 2021

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Van Dieman's Land lyrics

Come all you gallant poachers that ramble void of care
That walk out on a moonlight night with your dog, your gun and snare
The harmless hare and pheasant you have at your command
Not thinking of your last career out on Van Diemen's Land

Me and five more went out one night into Squire Duncan's park
To see if we could catch some game, the night it being dark
But to our great misfortune we got dropped on with speed
And they took us off to Warwick gaol which made our hearts to bleed

Then at Warwick assizes at the bar we did appear
And like Job we stood with patience our sentence for to hеar
But being old offenders it madе our case go hard
And for fourteen long and cruel years we were all sent on board

We had a female comrade, Sue Summers was her name
And she was given sentence for a-selling of our game
But the captain fell in love with her and he married her out of hand
And she proved true and kind to us going to Van Diemen's Land

As I lay on the deck last night a-dreaming of my home
I dreamed I was in Harbouree, the fields and woods among
With my true love beside me and a jug of ale in hand
But I woke quite broken-hearted out in Van Diemen's Land

So come all you gallant poachers, give ear unto my song
It is a bit of good advice although it be not long
Lay by your dog and snare, to you I do speak plain
If you knew the hardships we endure, you'd never poach again

Shirley Collins – Van Dieman's Land

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