Jon enthuses “This is a great anthemic number. I know it from Nic Jones’ version but also from James Fagan and Ian Giles. What a great chorus.”
Nic has this on Penguin Eggs of course and it’s written by Paul Metsers. In this case I’ll simply refer you to Mainly Norfolk as Reinhard has a note from Paul explaining how the song came about. You can also link to Paul’s website here and you’ll note his debt of thanks to Nic for the inclusion. Having moved to the UK and been active on the folk circuit through the 80s, he’s long since stopped the national touring although still plays locally to his Kendal home. You’ll find his CDs are being made available to mail order and you can listen to some samples as well. It’s surely worth a few minutes. You might also like a quick Wiki at the story of the New Zealand gold rush as there’s some fascinating stuff to be read there. I’ll note not for the first time that the trades that set up to support the prospectors were more profitable than most of the gold mining and panning that went on. There clearly was a substantial amount of gold to be had, but it would take some serious equipment and modern processes to extract it in any serious quantity. It must have been an unbearable life for most, always one shovel full away from a strike.