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An original gold rush song popular among folkies in New Zealand and overseas.

Kawarau Gold

Words & Music - Phil Garland
© Kiwi Music

Chorus:-
Lets sing of Moonlight and Molyneux, Shotover River so cold,
Of Skippers and rugged Cromwell Gorge, of Clyde and Kawarau gold,
Of Clyde and Kawarau gold.

The diggers came from near at hand and far across the sea,
In search of gold and wealth untold, chasing the miners' dream,
Chasing the miners' dream.

Through rocky break and gully deep, they scrambled on their way,
'Til they found the river sands where the gold had lain for many a day,
Had lain for many a day.

Though the land was tough and the going rough, they panned the river sides,
They left their names where they staked their claims all over Central's countryside,
All over Central's countryside.

The years have washed their claims away, there's nought but just a trace,
All else is past and gone it seems, save some tailing and a water race,
Save some tailings and a water race.

Seasons come and seasons go, the years have taken their toll,
Where heaps of rubble and stone remain, only sheep and rabbits still go
Only sheep and rabbits still go.

Tinkers, Drybread and Bendigo, Macetown and Blackstone Hill,
They are no more, wealth beyond recall, but their memory is living still,
Their memory is living still.

 

Phil Garland

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Te Aroha,
Waikato 3320

Ph/Fx: +64 7 884 8003
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phil@philgarland.co.nz


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