Australia - From Celts To Cobbers
Words: Chris Armstrong. Music Trad.
They were Celtic born and Celtic Bred. They left their native land
But not through choice, to halt their voice the crown had raised its hand
To silence them, it sentenced them to a life of misery
To struggle damned in a distant land across the stormy sea.
But distance could not silence them nor years of slavery
They fought and died but Celtic pride overcame the savagery
Their lives were harsh and often short. They lived and died in pain
But through the worst through song and verse, their voice was always plain.
And through the years and through the tears as freemen fought the land
To bring life to the wilderness to work and to expand.
The celtic music lent itself to colourful bush tales
To portray the life and love and strife of early New South Wales
And as the generations passed and gre4at men came and went
The music of our nation grew and came to represent
The lives and thoughts that built our land and brought prosperity
From Celtic starts to cobbers hearts, from chains to liberty.