Phyl Lobl

MUSIC TEACHING

EDUCATION MATERIALS

BIOGRAPHY

PAYMENTS

Enter Amount:

Print Email

Thanks to Lyn Mathieson for the idea, help polishing words and encouragement. To Don Charlwood for his book 'The Long Farewell' for knowledge of the journey and the ships. To Evan Mathieson for interpretation and polishing aid with the tune.

Evan's work can be found on the  CD's 'Harry’s Legacy' & 'Whale Chasing Men' which feature the songs of Harry Robertson.

 

Download music file (MP3, 2Mb)

or play music file

 

THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE

Words, Music by Phyl Lobl; Sung by Evan Mathieson & Phyl Lobl

Through the south land's gate of Bass's Strait.
They brought the immigrants and took out the freight.
From the packet to the clipper from the clipper to the steam.
Threading the Eye of the Needle O' !

The wind it blew, the sails they tore,
Chains and the ropes all rattled,
The crew got drunk and the captain swore,
As weather and waves they battled.

Through the south land's gate of Bass's Strait.
They brought the immigrants and took out the freight.
From the packet to the clipper from the clipper to the steam.
Threading the Eye of the Needle O' !

From Famine and the Clearances
To dreams of gold and glory,
The demons in that long farewell,
Were icebergs and ocean's fury.

Through the south land's gate of Bass's Strait.
They brought the immigrants and took out the freight.
From the packet to the clipper from the clipper to the steam.
Threading the Eye of the Needle O' !

The 'Black Ball Line' was a line so fast,
The 'White Star' ran her second,
In the challenge of the Circle Route,
When speed and times were reckoned.

Through the south land's gate of Bass's Strait.
They brought the immigrants and took out the freight.
From the packet to the clipper from the clipper to the steam.
Threading the Eye of the Needle O' !

The 'Marco Polo’ and 'Flying Cloud',
'James Baines' and the 'Lightning'.
Gallant ships and gallant crews,
But bones of many lie whitening,

Through the south land's gate of Bass's Strait.
They brought the immigrants and took out the freight.
From the packet to the clipper from the clipper to the steam.
Threading the Eye of the Needle O' !.

 

 

 
 
Joomla 1.5 Templates by Joomlashack