Ned Kelly's Farewell to Greta

Greta was the town in Central Victoria where the Kellys made their home.

 

Farewell to home in Greta, to my sister Kate farewell.

It grieves my heart to leave you, but here I must not dwell.

They placed a price upon my head, my hands are stained with gore

And I must roam the forest wild within the Australian shore

 

But if they cross my chequered path, for all I hold on earth,

I'll give them cause to rue the day their mothers gave them birth.

I'll shoot them down like carrion crows that roam our country wide,

And leave their bodies bleaching upon some woodland side.

 

Oh, Edward, dearest brother, surely you would not go,

So rashly to encounter with such a mighty foe.

Now don’t you know that Sydney and Melbourne are combined

And for your apprehension Ned, there are warrants duly signed

 

To eastward lies great Bogong, towering to the sky,

From east to west and then you’ll find that Gippsland’s lying by.

You know the country well dear Ned, go take your comrades there,

And profit by your knowledge of the wombat and the bear.

 

And let no childish quarrels cause trouble in the gang,

Bear up with one another, Ned, and guard my brother Dan.

See, yonder ride four troopers. One kiss before we part,

Now haste and join your comrades, Dan, Joe Byrne and Steve Hart.