The Spirit Of Australia Choir is singing tonight (July 27th) in St Nicholas Church, Cuddington and tomorrow night in St Mary’s Long Crendon. They are performing a lovely programme of music, much of it from opera ad almost all of it is by European composers.
So I introduced myself and mentioned that I lived in Australia for several years and know a lot of the traditional shearing and droving songs and so on, and also that I wrote some songs about Australia. They kindly asked me to perform one, so I sang Bush Night to them and they joined in, and are adding it to their programme tonight! I’ve never sung it with a choir before – sounds great!
Here’s the words:
Bush Night by Doug Kennedy
The smoke curls up around the old gum tree-trunk
Eb Cm Fm Ab7
Silver moon makes the wet leaves glisten,
The fire buns brightly while we sit round and listen
To the sounds of a cool bush night.
We drove through the rain to reach our Flinders campsite
The clouds sat on the mountain tops and creeks were running;
The land looked green and the birds were singing,
And we camped by a wooded creek.
The clouds were clearing and a full moon rising
Pine trees outlined ‘gainst a starry sky.
The ground shone ghostlly and a bat flew over;
There was peace on that shiny bush night.
Guitar played softly whle we drank our coffee
The flames rose up from the hot red cinders;
We talked of the outback and we sang of the Flinders
There was beauty on that old bush night.
Repeat verse 1.