"Kate Kelly" as written by and Timothy/willing Freedman....
So you just keep on drinking
And you try to forget
How they strung up Joe Byrne
To the jail house door
He looked just like a marionette

He was dead for two days
And I'll tell you no lies
With the press still around him
Making their money
Shooting postcards of him through the flies

Close your eyes Kate
And I'll sing you to sleep
Close your eyes, your dreams will be sweet
Kate Kelly, Kate Kelly
I'm gonna sing you to sleep

Ned rose up through the mist
Man made of iron
Fighting his way to the smoldering inn
Where Joe and his brother are dying

They had to shoot out his legs Kate
And if you could sleep
You could forget the way they cut off his head
For the warden's paperweight

Close your eyes Kate
And I'll sing you to sleep
Close your eyes, your dreams will be sweet
Don't linger around here
May your soul rest in peace
Kate Kelly, Kate Kelly
I'm gonna sing you to sleep

Now you do horse tricks
In a wild west show
Sharp-shooting Kate
The last of the Kellys
Now the queen of a rodeo

Was Joe your lover?
Did he send you some word?
A friend to your brothers
All the way to the end
Where as brothers-in-arms
They would fall

Close your eyes Kate
And I'll sing you to sleep
Close your eyes, your dreams will be sweet
Don't linger around here
May your soul rest in peace
Kate Kelly, Kate Kelly
I'm gonna sing you to sleep
Kate Kelly, Kate Kelly
I'm gonna sing you to sleep

You just keep on drinking
And you try to forget
How they strung up Joe Byrne
To the jail house door
Like a marionette


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"Kate Kelly" as written by Timothy Freedman James Willing

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    General CommentWow, no one has commented this song yet.

    Well, most obvious, it's about Kate, Ned Kelly's sister who was raped, sparking off his reign of terror. You don't need a history lesson.

    It's speculating about a possible relationship between Kate and Joe, trying to understand how she would have felt knowing everything that had happened to her brothers and lover. I think he's trying to comfort her spirit or something like that.
    Pharaoh_Katton February 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWow, I'm so surprised this song isn't so well known. It is such an amazing alternative side to the Ned Kelly story, and has been a favourite of mine for years. Depressing, but amazing. Close your eyes, Kate.
    dookukachooon June 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentA beautiful song.

    There's nothing more to say.
    rachellaon March 23, 2015   Link

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