Australian Folk Songs

songs | books | records | articles | glossary | links | search | responses | home

The Aftermath

(For the Queensland "Worker.")
(Jack Sketch)

I met him far out on a Western track,
Where the great wide spaces are,
With gloom in his face, a big swag on his back,
And he wore the Gallipoli star.

I ventured to touch on that mad episode ;
He instantly turned to depart
In silence he left me to tramp down the road,
With wormwood and gall in his heart.

I knew that I hurt him ('twasn't wilfully done) ;
I called to him twice down the track.
On the horizon rim he dipped with the sun,
With his payment in rags on his back.


Published in the Queensland newspaper the Worker Wednesday 31 August 1927 p. 7.


australian traditional songs . . . a selection by mark gregory