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Frank Gardiner

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Frank Gardiner

Oh, Frank Gardiner he is caught at last he lies in Sydney jail
For wounding Sergeant Middleton and robbing Mudgee mail
For plundering of the gold escort, the Carcoar Mail also
And it was for gold he made so bold, and not so long ago

His daring deeds surprised them all throughout the Sydney land
And on his friends he gave a call, and quickly raised a band
And fortune always favoured him, until the time of late
Until Ben Hall and Gilbert met with their dreadful fate

Young Vane, he has surrendered, Ben Hall's got his death wound
And as for Johnny Gilbert, near Binalong was found
He was all alone and lost his horse, three troopers came in sight
And he fought the three most manfully, got slaughtered in the fight

Farewell, adieu, to outlawed Frank, he was the poor man's friend
The government has secured him, the laws he did offend
He boldly stood his trial and him and answered in a breath
'And do what you will, you can but kill; I have no fear of death

Day after day they remanded him, escorted from the bar
Fresh charges brought against him from neighbours near and far
And now it is all over; the sentence they have passed
All sought to find a verdict, and 'Guilty' 'twas at last

When lives you take, a warning, boys, a woman never trust
She will turn round, I will be bound, Queen's evidence, the first
He's doing two-and-thirty years; he's doomed to serve the Crown
And well may he say, he cursed the day he met with Mrs Brown

note: In his Big Book of Australian Folk Song Ron Edwards writes
"Frank Gardiner was one of the few bushrangers to live to a
comparatively ripe old age. After he had been captured and
served ten years of a thirty-two year sentence he was released
on condition that he left the country. He went to San Francisco,
and for some years ran a saloon there".
This version was collected by John Meredith and Nancy Keesing from
the singing of Mrs Popplewell. MG

tune is another Tramps and Hawkers variant RG

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