From the same pen as Sea Coal and Jon says, “A lovely one from Graeme Miles. I love how it’s so sentimental throughout then gets really bleak at the end.” This was made popular by Martyn Wyndham-Read and is covered by Mainly Norfolk. It’s also on Mudcat where there is the suggestion that this is a heavily edited version of an epic song of about 45 (!!?) verses. I’ve also read elsewhere that Graeme wanted to write about Australia as he regarded it as exotic and mysterious, but then got a letter from an old friend who had moved to New Zealand and this was the result.
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24 Responses to “Otago”

  1. Jon Boden says:

    No idea why I changed ‘Sam’ to ‘Tom’ for most of the song! Sorry about that. j

  2. muzza(s.e.England) says:

    I enjoyed it…good little story…nice matey feel about it..shame they lost touch.

  3. Simon says:

    Sorry about the late showing folks, although I’m pleased to say that for once admin error is not to blame. All was scheduled correctly and we can only think there was a coincidental glitch with the site as the post was due to go live. It’s something we have spotted before, but if the post misses its scheduled time it the gets locked in limbo.

  4. Jan says:

    What a lovely little song, and beautifully sung too.

  5. edith lewis says:

    Beautiful song, beautiful tune, beautifully sung.

  6. Maggie says:

    Really enjoyed it – thanks

  7. John Monk says:

    Simon, I now realise the intricacies of the web site. Jon does the bits in quotes. You do the research with the backup info links! But, do you really look like your icon? If so it can’t be that bad. But, maybe a slight time warp!

  8. muzza(s.e. England) says:

    John…That’s Simon’s passport photo…….caused by coincidental glitches and being “Locked in Limbo”. He’s asleep now bless him..not realising that technology has let him down yet again and he has some more sorting out to do.

  9. Simon says:

    John, I wish! I once had flowing locks. These days a 3 on top and 0.5 at the sides keeps the scant resources in trim and “the beards have all grown shorter overnight.”

    Muzza you’re right! B****r!

  10. Diana says:

    Wondered what had happened to AFSAD. Really enjoyed the story and also the singing – sentimental and I am all for that. Lovely.

  11. Diana says:

    By the way who was the clever clogs who spouted “lightning never strikes twice (in the same place)?

  12. Reynard says:

    Well, there must be some underlying reason for this. I’d guess the over-optimisitic lines “Never ever known to shirk his work / Seldom out of trouble” in today’s song jinxed it.

  13. Diana says:

    That’s right – blame poor old Sam. Coincidence though don’t you think?

  14. Diana says:

    Muzza I now know how to stir you into action – just mention the v*** word or mis-psell!

  15. Diana says:

    Still sentimental and all the better for that.

  16. Muzza+432days (NW Surrey-UK) says:

    Aha………if it was a glitch the first time round it follows through successive years

  17. Old Muzza(NW Surrey.UK says:

    Ok….I’m not the most observant old fella………BUT………..the Avitars have disappeared…..
    No more Janey in the big red hat or Simon of the lengthy locks….it seems that Jim Lawton is in league with the devil as his shows up a couple of songs back on the Pennine Way

  18. old Muzza(N.W.Surrey-UK) says:

    Just to let you all know that I’m still clinging to the wreckage

  19. Old Muzza (NW Surrey UK) says:

    still here!

  20. old Muzza(NW Surrey UK) says:

    Still here!…must have been asleep in 2019!

  21. OldMuzza(NWSurrey UK) says:

    Still here….the old virus has not got me so far…still waiting for my jab…still got the old AFSAD to enjoy in lockdown

  22. OldMuzza(NWSurrey UK) says:

    Still hanging in here and peeking a tad early to boot!

  23. OldMuzza(NWSurreyUK)u says:

    Still here and galloping ahead!

  24. OldMuzza(NW Surrey UK)) says:

    Well…just to keep up my little tradition….I’m ok at the moment but things are falling apart!

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