"Mt. Wellington Reverie" as written by and Richards....
You can't walk through the Isle of the Dead, you can't lie still in the
guest house bed, there's a pair of black eyes staring down at you from the mountain top, through yr window,
The bunks are empty, your mates are gone, breakfast lasts an hour long, O warm bread, drawn tea, the bastards'll never get to me...

But somebody knows, somebody knows, somebody always
knows,
Where a body goes.

I were one of two, we were joined at the shoe when we thought to make our break, so we shimmied our locks and we knocked up a box and we rode the thing down the waterway,
Now the Derwent twists and the Derwent slides, It's a moving thing
with many eyes, O who'd have thought, at all or often, that vehicle would become our coffin?

So many souls, so many souls, so many souls in the water...
I left me a little daughter, and I left me a girl, and I left them alone, in that tired old world, O where are they now?

I am one of a gang set to work on the land, a clearin' and fellin'
and killin',
The best of us here has a conscience clear and he goes about it keen
and willin',
We're shooting them from the rocks, and we're shooting them in the water and when they're runnin' we're shootin' them in the backs and we do it without a thought or care?

So many lies, so many lies, so many lies been told...
We'll none of us here grow old...
Not gracefully, not peacefully, in this blind old land, in this dreaming land, some demon's land.


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    General CommentI really like this song. Especially the haunting sounding chorus.

    Its pretty obvious that this song is about something in Tasmania since it mentions Mt Wellington and the Derwent river. At first I thought it was about what happened to the original Aboriginal population mainly given the last verse and chorus.

    Then I check on the lyrics and in the booklet it says this under the title - (Three convicts, Hobart Guest House, Marcus Clarke hails his last taxi), so this song is about convicts and the middle of the song supports it, since it has a place in histroy with a convict transport been taken over by the convicts and ended up disappearing down the Derwent.

    Marcus Clarke was an author from the late 1800 I think who wrote a famous Australian novel about convict times in Tasmania, I haven't read the book so I don't know if this song follows the story or not.
    Jaylaron September 08, 2006   Link

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