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Paul Kelly - The Ballad of Queenie and Rover

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Published on Oct 27, 2008

Track from the Stolen Apples album as performed on the Sunday Arts TV program.
Featuring:
Cameron Bruce - Keyboards/Vocals
Dan Kelly - Guitar/Vocals
Phil McDonald - Bass/ Vocals
Ash Naylor - Guitars/Vocals
Peter Luscombe - Drums/Vocals.

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Queenie was born on the banks of the great old river, 1930 maybe
Her mother was black, her daddy white
Papa was a fine horse breaker
Mama sang the songs of the old law makers
She used to hide young Queenie in the bush
And rub black charcoal all over her hair and her face
Every time the cops came round
Looking for any blonde-haired brown-skinned children
To round em all up, take em on downtown

Shine on, shine on immortal one, a-ha
Shine on, shine on immortal one, a-ha

Rover was born in the desert
He lived out there till his mother died
Then he moved around a lot from place to place
Bedford Downs, Beau River, Lissendell, Wyndham
Building fences, working as a stockman
Then he had a series of dreams
He started painting what hed heard and hed seen
Rainbow serpent, krill, krill, cyclone Tracey
The killing field
Everything that lives and breathes

Write on, write on immortal one, a-ha
Write on, write on immortal one, a-ha
Your story will always run

When Rover and Queenie were young
They met out on New Texas Town station
She worked as a cook there, for a long, long time
When she first saw him she said hey cowboy
Later on she said nice fella, good worker top rider lucky one that one
One day a mean horse ripped the scalp from his head
She stitched him up with a boiled needle and thread
Good as any doctor
They were friends ever after
She said I wanna paint
He said Ill teach ya
They died within months of each other

Shine on, shine on immortal ones, a-ha
Shine on, shine on immortal ones, a-ha

Write on, write on immortal ones, a-ha
Write on, write on immortal ones, a-ha

Your story will always run, always run

forever young

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