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Kellys, Byrne and Hart It was in November, seventy-eight, when the Kelly Gang came down Just after shooting Kennedy in famed Euroa town Blood horses they were all upon, revolvers in their hand They took the township by surprise, and gold was their demand Ned Kelly walked into the bank, a cheque all in his hand For to have it changed for money, now of Scott he did demand And when that he refused him, he looking at him straight Said, "See here, my name's Ned Kelly, and this here man's my mate" They rode into Jerilderie town at twelve o'clock at night Aroused the troopers from their beds and gave them an awful fright They took them in their nightshirts, ashamed I am to tell They covered them with revolvers and locked them in a cell They next acquainted the women-folk that they were going to stay And take possession of the camp until the following day They fed their horses in the stalls, without the slightest fear Then went to rest their weary limbs till daylight did appear Next morning being Sunday morn, of course they must be good They dressed themselves in troopers' clothes, and Ned he chopped some wood Now no-one there suspected them, as troopers they did pass And Dan, the most religious, took the troopers wife to Mass They spent the day most pleasantly, had plenty of good cheer With fried beef steak and onions, tomato sauce and beer The ladies in attendance indulged in pleasant talk And just to ease the troopers' minds, they took them for a walk It was when they robbed Euroa bank you said they'd be run down But now they've robbed another one that's in Jerilderie town That's in Jerilderie town, my boys, and we're here to take their part And shout again "Long may they reign - the Kellys, Byrne and Hart" As high above the mountains so beautiful and grand Our young Australian heroes in bold defiance stand In bold defiance stand, my boys, the heroes of today So let us stand together boys, and shout again, "Hurray" Tune 'The Wearing of the Green' this song is also known as 'The Kelly Gang' Ned Kelly has entered Australian culture in a number of ways. He was the subject of one of Australia's first films and Sydney Nolan's series of paintings reveal the power of his legend. The saying 'Game as Ned Kelly' has entered the language and as recently as 1993 a popular film continues the tribute to his name. MG MG apr96
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