Tell that to Lonigans widow

Ive been too busy to write a Post for the Blog this weekend. Heres some music for you instead, and the Lyrics below, of a song that was part of the soundtrack for the Kelly movie from 1970. 
The best line?  “Bury the truth as you bury the dead”


Now four jolly troopers from Mansfield town

Were sent out to hunt all them Kelly boys down
They searched through the wombat for most of a week

And they camped on the banks of the Stringybark creek

But Lonigan’s widow, she’s a singing no songs

She walks these red hills and she cries all night long

They say that Ned Kelly had never done wrong

Tell that to Lonigan’s widow

Early that morning amid laughter and shouting

Kennedy and Scanlon, they rode out a scouting

And left McIntyre to cook up the grub

While Lonigan sang at the old washing tub

They were cleaning the camp, boiling some tea

When up jumped Ned Kelly with his comrades three

With a shout and a cry and a crack of a gun

Lonigan staggers and Lonigan’s done

But Lonigan’s widow, she’s singin’ no songs

She walks these red hills and she cries all night long

They say that Ned Kelly ain’t never done wrong

But tell that to Lonigan’s widow

He’s crawling, he’s crying, he’s clawing the ground

His voice makes a pleading and pitiful sound

Of the way that he’s dying, nobody will speak

When they tell of the glory’s on Stringybark creek

But Lonigan’s widow, she sang him no songs

She walks these red hills, she cries all night long

They say that Ned Kelly ain’t never done wrong

But tell that to Lonigan’s widow

So sing of Ned Kelly, the lad of renown

The pride of Australia, the scourge of the crown

Sing of his bravery and God bless his head

And bury the truth as you bury the dead

But Lonigan’s widow, she’s singing no songs

She walks these red hills and she cries all night long

They say that Ned Kelly ain’t never done wrong

Ned Kelly, ain’t never done wrong

Ned Kelly’s never done wrong

But tell that to Lonigan’s widow

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3 Replies to “Tell that to Lonigans widow”

  1. Who read this and heard Waylon Jennings voice in their head?? LOL..

  2. Its been going round and round in my head for a couple of days now! I want it to stop now!

  3. I totally agree about hearing Waylon's distinctive growl in my head when I look at the lyrics! Right now I have "Come a Little Bit Closer" (by Jay & the Americans) from the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie stuck on auto-loop in my head and I can't stop singing along! Amazing how some songs can do that.
    I was kind of like "what?" where the Lonigan's Widow lyrics say Lonigan was singing at the old wash tub, but I guess they had to have something to rhyme with grub.
    Also, has anyone ever considered that they could not have written a song for the soundtrack called "Kennedy's Widow" (even though Sgt. Kennedy was the more popular policeman and more well known) as the film was released a few short years after the assassination of JFK? "Tell that to Kennedy's widow…" would have been a big no-no then and now!

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