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Crimes
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131 BOTANY BAY
For references to broadsides and other texts see Cox, p. 296. For a good text of this English song see Sturgis and Hughes, pp. 32-35. The present version was sung in 1935 by Mrs. Allan McClellan, near Bad Axe.
1    In the county of Antrim, near the town of Gallow,
At the foot of yonder mountain that is covered with snow,
So cold was my lodgings, and loth was I to go
From the foot of yonder mountain that is covered with snow.
2    My age they now tell me is just twenty-three, And for my misconduct transported I must be To some distant island to be sold as a slave, For in my own country I did misbehave.
3    Now there's my dear mother, don't plague her, I pray, Nor cast it upon her for my going away;
To her great grief already, pray to it don't add, For many a good parent bad children has had.
4    And there's my dear Molly, since thus we must part, Let not those sad tidings break your tender heart. The ship is now waiting, and I must away
To be transported to Botany Bay.







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