Lonnigan's Widow (Sheil Silverstein) Now four jolly troopers from Mansfield town Set out to hunt the Kelly boys down They searched through the wombat for most of the week And they camped on the banks of the Stringybark Creek cho: But Lonnigan's widow, she's singin' no songs She walks these red hills and cries all night long They say that Ned Kelly ain't never done wrong But tell that to Lonnigan's widow Early that mornin' 'midst laughter and shoutin' Kennedy and Scanlon they rode off a scoutin' Left McIntyre to cook up the grub While Lonnigan sang at the old washin' tub They were cleanin' the camp and brewin' up tea When up jumped Ned Kelly with his comrades three A shout and a cry and a crack of a gun Lonnigan staggers and Lonnigan's done He's crawlin' he's cryin' he's clawin' the ground His voice makes a pleading and pitiful sound Of the way that he's dyin' nobody will speak When thy tell of the glories of Stringybark Creek So sing of Ned Kelly that lad of renown The pride of Australia the scourge of the Crown Sing of his bravery and God bless his head And bury the truth as you bury the dead Note:This is the only song that I know of which paints Kelly in a bad light.He (like Jesse James and some other folk heroes) was in reality a bad ass horse thieving, robbing, murdering bastard. But in the way of these things he became a peoples' hero. From the record produced as a marketing exercise to go with the movie NED KELLY which starred Mick Jagger as Ned. Jagger only sang one song, Wild Colonial Boy(badly) and played tin whistle on the album. All the other songs were written by Silverstein and Christofferson and sung by Christofferson and Waylon Jennings (A bit weird considering the musical talent available at the time in Australia but the use of Jagger, Christofferson and Jennings probably sold more albums in the USA) TFA TFA
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