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Keeping the Culture
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Keeping the tradition of sharing my Nation's culture through bush ballads and bush verse is one of my love's and it's staying alive.
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Merv Webster
Merv Webster
The Storyteller
Fri Apr 04, 2008
Country : Traditional Country
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Keeping the tradition of sharing my Nation's culture through bush ballads and bush verse is one of my love's and there are plenty of gatherings that seem to be making that possible. This song shares those thoughts.
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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.

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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