The Australian Folk Songs

These are the songs as Cobbers sang them, on stage and on record. As with most folk songs, there are many variants and no one of them is "right". Links are to full lyrics of each song. If you need a translation of an Aussie word click here.


The Albany Immigrant Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
All For Me Grog Recorded 1974 on All For Me Grog
Another Fall of Rain Recorded 1974 on All For Me Grog. 1979 Louisiana Hayride
'Ard Tack Not recorded or recorded but not released
Andy's Gone With Cattle Not recorded or recorded but not released
Australia From Celts To Cobbers Recorded 1976 on Australia From Celts To Cobbers 
Barbeque Song Recorded 1982 on Cobbers By Request and also released as a single
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda Not recorded or recorded but not released
The Banks of the Condamine Not recorded or recorded but not released
The Ballad Of Ben Hall Recorded 1976 on Australia From Celts To Cobbers 
The Black Velvet Band Recorded 1974 on All For Me Grog, 1979 on Louisiana Hayride, 1980 on Cobbers By Request
Blow The Man Down Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home
Bluey Brink

Unreleased concert recording Cobbers at Dallas Brookes 1977.

Mark "Blossom" Brown reciting. Noises in background are Maity Swallow acting out the poem

Bonny Jess Recorded 1980 on Portraits of Australian Women
Botany Bay Recorded on Listen to the Band 1978
Brisbane Ladies Recorded on Bushland Dreaming 1979
Broken-Down Squatter Not recorded or recorded but not released
Bullocky-O Recorded on Listen to the Band 1978
The Bush Girl Recorded 1980 on Portraits of Australian Women
The Catalpa Recorded 1976 on Australia From Celts To Cobbers also 1984 on radio play of same name
Clair Recorded 1980 on Portraits of Australian Women
Click Go the Shears Recorded on Listen to the Band 1978 and Cobbers' Dance Party 1986
The Cockies Of Bungaree Recorded 1977 on Cobbers 
Coleraine Recorded 1982 on Cobbers By Request 
The Cross Of The South Recorded 1976 on Australia From Celts To Cobbers and 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
Daisy Bates Recorded 1980 on Portraits of Australian Women
Dennis O'Reilly Recorded 1974 on All For Me Grog
The Diggins-Oh Recorded for ABC radio drama, "Children of Gold"
The Dogs' Meeting Recorded 1977 on Cobbers 
The Drover's Dream Recorded 1977 on Cobbers 
Eliza - The Legend of Eliza Emily Donnithorne Recorded 1980 on Portraits of Australian Women
The Endangered Species Recorded as single for Mountain Cattlemen's Association and on Australian Legends (Sampler)
Euabalong Ball Recorded 1977 on Cobbers 
Factory Lad Recorded 1982 on Cobbers By Request 
Farmers Of Australia Recorded on Australian Legends (Sampler)
The Fergy Tractor Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
Fiddler's Green Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home
Flash Jack From Gundagai Recorded 1977 on Cobbers and 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
Gentle Annie Not recorded or recorded but not released
Girls In Our Town Recorded 1980 on Portraits of Australian Women
Give Me A Hut In My Own Native Land Not recorded or recorded but not released
Going Home Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming and twice on singles
The Green New Chum Recorded for ABC radio drama, "Children of Gold"
Haul Away Joe Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home
Haul 'Em Away Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home
Herbert Hoover's Love Song Recorded 1980 on Louisiana Hayride
How McDougall Topped The Score Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
Itinerants Not recorded or not released
It's On Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
Jack Lefroy Recorded 1977 on Cobbers 
Jim Jones at Botany Bay Live shows only Recordings exist but lost
Johnny Todd Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home
The Ballad Of The Kelly Gang Recorded 1976 on Australia From Celts To Cobbers 
The Kookaburra Laughed Recorded on Listen to the Band 1978
Kookaburra Sits On The Old Gum Tree Recorded on Listen to the Band 1978
Lachlan Tigers Recorded 1977 on Cobbers and 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
Lazy Harry's Recorded 1977 on Cobbers 
Leave Her Johnny Recorded 1982 on Cobbers By Request 
Leaving Nancy Recorded 1980 on Portraits of Australian Women
Leaving of Liverpool Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home
Lime Juice Tub Recorded 1977 on Cobbers 
Look Out Below Recorded for ABC radio drama, "Children of Gold"
Lord Franklin Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home
Maggie May Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
Mary Called Him Mister Recorded 1980 on Portraits of Australian Women
Maryborough Miner Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
The Miner Recorded for ABC radio drama, "Children of Gold"
Moreton Bay Recorded 1976 on Australia From Celts To Cobbers 
Ned Kelly’s Farewell to Greta Recorded 1980 on Portraits of Australian Women
New York Girls Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home
Nine Miles From Gundagai Not recorded or recorded but not released
No Man's Land Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
Not In The Joke Not recorded or recorded but not released
Now I'm Easy Recorded on Cobbers By Request 1982
The Old Bark Hut Recorded on Listen to the Band 1978
The Old Palmer Song Not recorded or recorded but not released
One Of The Has-beens Recorded on Listen to the Band 1978
The Ould Triangle Not recorded or recorded but not released
Outward Bound Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home 
Paddy Works on the Railway Recorded 1974 on All For Me Grog
Poor Ned Recorded 1982 on Cobbers By Request 
Put A Light In Every Country Window Recorded 1982 on Cobbers By Request 
Queensland Overlanders Recorded 1977 on Cobbers 
Queensland Whalers Not recorded or recorded but not released
The Reedy Lagoon Recorded on Cobbers 1977 and Cobbers' Dance Party 1986
Reedy River Recorded 1980 on Portraits of Australian Women
Rolling Home Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home
The Ryebuck Shearer Recorded 1974 on All For Me Grog
Sandy Hollow Line Recorded 1982 on Cobbers By Request 
The Sandy Maranoa Recorded 1986 on Cobbers' Dance Party 
Scots Of The Riverina Recorded 1976 on Australia From Celts To Cobbers 
The Shamrock Shore Recorded 1975 on All for me Grog and 1983 on Cooney's Brew - Christy Cooney solo
The Ship Repairing Men Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
Shores Of Australia Recorded 1982 on Cobbers By Request 
The Sloop John B Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home
South Australia Recorded 1976 on Australia From Celts To Cobbers and 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
The Springtime It Brings on the Shearing Recorded 1978 on Listen to the Band  and 1986 on Cobbers' Dance Party 
Stalky's Song Recorded 1976 on Australia From Celts To Cobbers 
Stir The Wallaby Stew Recorded 1977 on Cobbers 
The Streets Of Forbes Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
Stringybark And Greenhide Recorded 1986 on Cobbers' Dance Party 
Ten Thousand Miles Away Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
Travelling Down The Castlereagh Recorded 1974 on All For Me Grog and 1986 on Cobbers' Dance Party 
Waltzing Matilda Recorded 1976 on Australia From Celts To Cobbers and 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
 

 

Recorded 1982 on Single (B side), and on Busker at heart - John Armstrong solo
Westgate - The Planner's Dream Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 
Westgate - Johnny's Gone To The Westgate Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 

Westgate - When Paddy Jumped Over The Bridge

Recorded 1979 on Bushland Dreaming 

What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home
Widgegoers Joe (The Backblock Shearer) Recorded 1974 on All For Me Grog
Wild Colonial Boy Recorded on Listen to the Band 1978
Yo-ho Little Fishies Recorded 1985 on Rolling Home
You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone Recorded 1974 on All For Me Grog