Phyl Lobl




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My first recorded song, almost my first song, was sparked by media coverage of the student bus ride led by Charles Perkins and University students in 1965.
An old traditional rhyme gave a frame for the song.

'Mother may I go out to swim?'
'Yes my darling daughter.
Hang your clothes on a Hickory limb,
But don’t go near the water.'

The last verse of the song was born not from a belief, but from realisation and dismay that many of those who did profess to believe could also hold racist views.


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Words & Music: Phyl Lobl

Mother may I go out to swim?
Yes my dark-eyed daughter,
Mother I would go out to swim
but at the pool I can't get in,
Because of the colour of my skin
because I'm your dark-eyed daughter.

Mother may I go to the show?
Yes my dark-eyed daughter.
Mother tell me do you know
which side of the theatre I should go?
Go where the colour of your skin won't show
my darling dark-eyed daughter.

Mother will I go to school?
Yes my dark-eyed daughter.
Mother when I go to school
will the children treat me cruel?
Children follow their parents' rule
my darling dark-eyed daughter.

Mother when will all this end?
I don't know my daughter.
Maybe it will end the day
when heaven and earth will pass away
And we will hear a great voice say
you're welcome here …… my daughter.



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