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Farewell To The Gold

  • Paul Metsers

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

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

    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
    To the hills of Otago we were 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 on down there just to see

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

    (as sung by Mick West)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1981:] Dedicated to the hundreds who sweated and risked life and limb in hope of striking it rich during the heyday of the New Zealand gold discoveries in the latter decades of the last century. Although the characters in the song are fictitious, the flash flood did occur - in July 1863, in fact - and claimed the lives of tens of miners. The Shotover and Cardrona valleys are both in the South Island's rugged and beautiful Central Otago. (Notes Paul Metsers, 'Caution to the Wind')

  • [1995:] This song with its hauntingly singable chorus was written by the New Zealand singer Paul Metsers. (Notes Mick West, 'Fine Flowers and Foolish Glances')

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