Lyrics + Poems

Please see links below to lyrics and poems written by John Dengate.
There are many more to be added – this is a growing list.
If you have any links or lyrics you can provide, please email Leyne on ccmotions@gmail.com

NameNotes
Alan Scott, ValePoem written in 1995.
Answer’s Ireland, The
ASIO
Australian MadeSong written 2009
Away, You Shaky TurnbullSong written 2009 – Tune: ‘Shanandoah’
Bare Legged KateSong written for Kathleen Mary Kelly (John’s mother), born Gundagai, NSW, 1914. With notes by Bob Bolton 24/09/04
Bill from ErskinevilleSong written 1972/73. Posted by Bob Bolton with chords, 18/3/05
Bill from ErskinevilleSong written 1972/73. With reminiscence from John
Carbon Tax SongSong written 2011. Tune: Dublin trad ‘Toora-loora-looraloo / They’re Looking For Monkeys Up In The Zoo’
Chris Kempster, A Poem ForPoem for Chris Kempster, written in 2004.
Convict Saw-Pits, EppingPoem written 1977.
HMAS Melbourne MedleyTranscribed by Ralph Pride
Henry Lawson’s 100thSong written 1967. Tune: ‘Garten Mother’s Lullaby’.
I Can’t AbideSong written 1998. Tune: ‘Abide With Me’
I’m a RamboTune: ‘I’m A Rambler’ – posted by Freda Underhill 01/06/06
In Queensland’s Wide SpacesTune: ‘Molly Malone / Cockles & Mussels’
Industrial Relations Laws, TheWritten 2006. Tune: variant of ‘Flash Jack from Gundagai’
Integrate!Song written 2006.
It’s A Long Way To Cunnamulla (part of the QLD Medley)Tune: ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ / ‘Pack up Your Troubles’ – posted by Bob Bolton 1/12/13
Judith Wright, ToPoem written 1974
Johnny Howard’s MarchSong written 2003. Tune: ‘Paddy Mc Ginty’s Goat’
Lanes of Woolloomooloo
Liberal LeadershipWritten 1971.
Mad Monk, TheSong written 2010. Tune: ‘Vilikins and His Dinah / Dinky Di / Sweet Betsy from Pike’
Mr Murdoch’s SongSong written 2011. Tune: ‘The Wearing of the Green’
My Old Father’s Name
Poker Machine Song, The
Pommie Conspiracy, The – The Ballad of Dengate & O’KeefePoem written 2012. Penned after John and Dennis conversed on the phone about Dennis’ prognosis
Privatising PowerSong written 2008. Tune: ‘Bread of Heaven’ / ‘Cwm Rhondda’
QLD Medley / Farewell to JohTune: ‘Brisbane Ladies’ / ‘Augathella Station’
Queen’s Visit, TheWritten 1962.
Randwick RacesTune: ‘Galway Races’ – posted by Bob Bolton 10/08/11
Recession Package
Recession SongSong written 2009. Tune: ‘Bread of Heaven’
Rectal Bleeding Calypso
Refugee’s Revenge, TheTune: ‘Bread of Heaven’ / ‘Cwm Rhondda’ – posted by Jenny O 20/04/04
Song Of The Sheetmetal Worker
Sporting SuicideTune: ‘Go To Sea No More’ – posted by Bob Bolton 09/07/05
Spring In GlebeWritten 2012
Stimulus PackageSong written 2010. Tune: ‘Fiddlers’ Green’
Take Your Bulldozers Away
Terrorist SongSong written 2003. Tune: ‘Knickerbocker Line’
Train to LidcombeTune: ‘Garden Where the Praties Grow’ / ‘Paddy’s Sick Note’ – posted by Bob Bolton, 09/07/06
  • Visit the Bush Music Club website for more Songs & Poems of John Dengate, compiled by Sandra Nixon and Chris Woodland. This is a consolidated list with notes and scanned copies of some JD originals.

If you have lyrics you would like to add, please post in comments or email Leyne ccmotions@gmail.com

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