Keeping the Culture
© Merv Webster
Author: Merv Webster
KEEPING THE CULTURE

Since the founding of this nation all those many years ago
it’s tradition to share stories ‘round a campfire’s warming glow.
From the ancient times of dreaming, right down to our very day,
folk have shared our Aussie culture and each one in their own way.

But my heart yearns for the ballads that the rhyming poets pen
and their skills in keeping mem’ries that they bring to life again.
Too the balladeers who play them in a good old pick and strum,
that I never find gets boring or just down right wearisome.

CHORUS

So then roll your swag and join us there’ll be lots of fun for sure,
Out at Widgee and Boondooma or down South at Bungendore.
There’ll be Balladeers and Poets sharing tales and singing songs
And you’re welcome mates to join us and to be among the throngs.

There were those who went before us and they pioneered the way.
Men like Henry and The Banjo, who penned ballads in their day.
Too the likes of our mate Coster and the legendary Slim.
They all left a fine tradition that proved no mere passing whim.

‘Cause that legacy still lingers with the young and not so old,
and it’s shared among the genders; they’re a rather special mould.
They will keep the campfires burning so the dream can stay alive
as I sense they’ll keep the culture and bush ballads will survive.

CHORUS

So then roll your swag and join us there’ll be lots of fun for sure
Out at Widgee and Boondooma or down South at Bungendore.
There’ll be Balladeers and Poets sharing tales and singing songs
And you’re welcome mates to join us and to be among the throngs

© Bush Poet and Ballad Writer -Merv Webster