Another of Bellamy’s settings of a poem to music this time from the pen of Australian Henry Lawson and Jon says, “From the fabulous Second Wind album which I am hoping EFDSS will get around to reissuing at some point.” Bellamy’s original notes can be read on Mainly Norfolk and it’s notable that he compares Lawson to Kipling in explaining his rationale for doing this. I’d also say that Lawson’s original has the sense of a song lyric to it with a twice repeated chorus (if you will.) Jon slightly confuses some of the words, but hey! That’s the folk process and as I can’t even remember all of the titles from one day to the next, let alone the lyrics, I think he’s forgiven as this is lovely. Hauntingly sad and definitely one of my favourites so far. The poem was written in 1901 and should you want a quick introduction to its author, then Wiki has an interesting page.
The Bush Girl