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The Ballad of Mick O’Shea’s

based on the song ‘I Wish I Were Back in Liverpool’ by Stan Kelly and Leon Rosselson I wish I was back in Adelaide, At Mick O’shea’s where the craic flows free, When Martin sang, and the Bodhrans rang, and … Continue reading

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The Yass Heroes

By Daniel Kelly – 2021      D                     G                  There’s a bend down in the river,           C                G Where the water’s running fast,           C               G And the shallow sand is hollowed,        Am        … Continue reading

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Sisters of Yass

            G                 C         G We left Rochfortbridge in the county of Meath,         C        G             D Bound for a land far away from our home,      G                         C        G The green field behind us, the future unclear      C      … Continue reading

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Rabbit Proof Fence

By Daniel Kelly – National ‘Sorry Day’, 26 May 2021 Em Mr Neville said they’d die out, Said that it was nature’s way, Am Now the white man owns the country, Em And he’ll never go away. Take the children … Continue reading

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The Ballad of the Commercial Hotel

By Daniel Kelly – 2021 C       G         D        G   Around 1850 she opened her doors,    C         G             Am        D A beer and a bed, for the traveling scores,      G               D          Em       C … Continue reading

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Jarrett’s Private Tears

a parody of Stan Roger’s ‘Barrett’s Privateers’ by Daniel Kelly -2020 Oh the night was getting very late, How I wish I was with Cheryl now, When a phonecall came from my mate Stan, He said come to town I’ll … Continue reading

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The Frederick

By Daniel Kelly – 2020     G             C         D         G Me name is James Porter, seafair’ns my game, G                                 D I’ve been out on the ocean, since I had name, G             C                    G But the stealing … Continue reading

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You Bastards

By Daniel Kelly – 2020 G                              C  G I was 18 when I joined the plant, in 1954, Em            G                        D To make the FJ Holden, like my father did before, C                       Em     D          G                    … Continue reading

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Wombat Rural Fire Service

By Daniel Kelly – 2020           G                              D You may think you know the story of the wombat,            C                             G May have seen a couple of them at the zoo,               G                                 C But there’s a secret … Continue reading

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Burned Through

by Daniel Kelly – 2019 C               G          Am                   C Sifting through the ashes, in this place that was my home, C                    G               Am                   D Twisted steel and blackened concrete, all that’s left of what I own C          G                    C               … Continue reading

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Finch in the Coal Mine

by Daniel Kelly – 2019 Em D Here’s a story of Adani, and of Clive Palmer to, G D C D Em How they promise jobs with better pay, but don’t care much for you, All the profits will go … Continue reading

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Democracy Sausage

by Daniel Kelly 2019 G          C                          G          Em It’s the sausage of democracy, the symbol of or land     C               Am         G        D Handed out at each election, by a dedicated hand. C                    D               G               C You can … Continue reading

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Yass Water

By Daniel Kelly – 2019 G Here’s a story I will tell,      C               G One Yass residents know well,      G                               D One of the dirty little secrets of our town, G Turn the tap on at your sink, … Continue reading

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Another Mile

by Daniel Kelly Am                 G Walk another mile, ford another stream, C             G         Am   G    Am Cross another river, bury another dream           C             G            Am But it’s still so far to go to port Jackson C                  G                   … Continue reading

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Yass Valley Wind Farm Song

G C G As I sit on the back porch, of my thousand acre lot, D D G I look out on the gorgeous view, proud of what I’ve got, G C G But now those flamin’ greenies, want to … Continue reading

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Washpen Creek

by Daniel Kelly    Em      G        D       Em If you go down, by washpen creek, C       G       Em You better go with a friend.        Em                 G       D        Bm For the things that were seen,by washpen creek, Em      D            … Continue reading

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The Elm Tree

by Daniel Kelly – 2018 C        F      G   C    F        G       C Standing by the river, looking up to the town, C            G           F        C My roots are deep, my branches strong, F          G         C        F         G My life … Continue reading

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Zombie Sheep of the Murrumbidgee

  by Daniel Kelly 2018        C                    G        Am              G Henry O’Brien went out one night to check upon his flock,           C            G                 Am        G     Am When he beheld an unearthly sight, that sure gave him … Continue reading

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Better Than Decent Girls

A song I wrote about the young girls who arrived in Yass in March 1850 from Ireland. Many were orphans, fleeing the famine that had been caused by the English.      G          D               C          D The English had caused, the … Continue reading

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William’s Razor

    G William leave me alone,      C          G William leave me alone,           C           D       G Can’t you see that my love has flown?    C      D       G William leave me alone.      G       C          … Continue reading

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