Bushman's Lullaby, The

DESCRIPTION: "Lift me down to the creek-bank, Jack, It must be cooler outside." The singer may not see another day; he wants to watch the sunset and waters. He recalls the time with his mate, in England and here. The singer bids farewell and dies
AUTHOR: Rolf Boldrewood (1826-1915)
EARLIEST DATE: 1960 (Beatty)
KEYWORDS: death river recitation
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Bill Beatty, _A Treasury of Australian Folk Tales & Traditions_, 1960 (I use the 1969 Walkabout Paperbacks edition), pp. 272-273, "The Eumerella Shore" (1 text)
NOTES [60 words]: Beatty presents this as a traditional song (or at least a traditional recitation), listing no author. I have seen no other evidence of this, and the author is known to have been Rolf Boldrewood (pen name of T. A. Browne). His best-known word is said to be Robbery Under Arms, but as best I can tell, this comes from another book, Old Melbourne Memories. - RBW
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