Farewell to the gold

from by The Barleyshakes

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Written by Paul Metser from New Zealand


Shotover river, your gold it is waning
It's weeks since the colour I've seen
But it's no use just sitting and Lady Luck blaming
So I'll pack up and make the break clean

Farewell to the gold that never I found
Goodbye to the nuggets that somewhere abound
For it's only when dreaming that I see U gleaming
Down in the dark, deep underground

It's nearly two years since I left my old mother
For adventure and gold by the pound
With Jimmy the prospector - he was another
For the hills of Otago was bound

We worked the Cardrona's dry valley all over
Old Jimmy Williams and me
But they were panning good dirt on the winding Shotover
So we headed down there just to see

We sluiced and we cradled for day after day
Making hardly enough to get by
Til a terrible flood swept poor Jimmy away
During six stormy days in July


from Irishtown, released April 5, 2019
Paul Metser


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The Barleyshakes are a highly evolved Celtic organism in being for 20 years since they formed in Dublin sometime in 1994. They’ve won the Queensland Music Award for World music and performed in over 20 countries to date.

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