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Bright New Day

Words & Music - Phil Garland (August/September 2003)
© Kiwi Music

'Chorus:
Sailing the ocean wide and blue,
Let the winds blow fair and free,
The shipping of meat to London Town,
Will go down in history.

T’was in the year of ’81,
Sail oh sail away
Bill Davidson unveiled his plan,
To seek a bright new day.

Tom Brydone built a slaughter-house,
Sail oh sail away,
On the farm estate at Totara,
To seek a bright new day. - Chorus

They mustered sheep from all around,
Sail oh sail away,
Then railed them to Port Chalmers town,
To seek a bright new day.

Once the mutton’s chilled and stowed,
Sail oh sail away,
Dunedin’s anchor can be raised,
To seek a bright new day. - Chorus

John Whitson is her captain bold,
Sail oh sail away,
He’ll fight to keep this cargo cold,
And seek a bright new day.


When they’ve docked at London town,
Sail oh sail away,
Smithfield is the market place,
They’ll find their bright new day. - Chorus

Bill’s ‘Golden Dream’ has been preserved
Sail oh sail away.
As a tribute to the export trade,
That built a bright new day.

The ‘Totara’ story is complete,
Sail oh sail away.
Let’s raise a glass to frozen meat,
That built a bright new day - Chorus.

 

 

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Updated: December 4, 2008