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Streets of Forbes

(Trad. Arr. Niamh Parsons & Dee Moore & the Loose Connections)

(From Loosely Connected 1992 Greentrax Records 052 - 1995 Green Linnet Records CD3094)

I learned this from my friend Richard Burke in the 1980s. We used to have great sessions down in Ryan’s Pub on the Northside of Dublin City - near the Quays, as well as the Brazen Head and the Chancery Inn.

For this recording, John McSherry wrote a tune called ‘Katie Campbell’s Rambles’ which we put as an introduction to the song.

Ben Hall was a bushranger who was much loved by his neighbours and many of the people with whom he came into contact. According to ‘The Wild Colonial Boys’ written by Frank Clune – the song The Death of Ben Hall was written by Ben Hall’s brother-in-law, John McGuire.

Come all of you Lachlan men, and a terrible tale I’ll tell
Concerning of a bush ranger, that in misfortune fell
His name it was Ben Hall, a man of high renown
He was hunted from his station
And like a dog shot down

Three years he roamed the road
And to show the trap some fun
A thousand pounds was on his head
With Gilbert and John Dunne
And parted from his comrades, the outlaw did agree
To give away bushranging, and to cross the raging sea

Ben went to Goobang Creek, and that was his downfall
For riddled like a sieve was valiant Ben Hall
Twas early in the morning, upon the fifth of May
That the seven police surrounded him
As in his sleep he lay

Bill Dargon he was chosen to shoot the outlaw dead
The others fired madly as if they were afraid
Then they rolled him in his blanket
And they tied him to his prad
And they dragged him through the Streets of Forbes
To show the prize they had

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