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Priscilla Herdman - The Drover's Sweetheart lyrics

An hour before the sun goes down
Behind the ragged boughs
I go across the little run
And bring the dusty cows;
And once I used to sit and rest
Beneath the fading dome
For there was one that I loved best
Who'd bring the cattle home

Our yard is fixed with double bails
Round one the gra** is green
The bush is growing through the rails
The spike is rusted in;
And 'twas from there his freckled face
Would turn and smile at me --
He'd milk a dozen in the race
While I was milking three

I milk eleven cows myself
Where once I milked but four;
I set the dishes on the shelf
And close the dairy door;
And when the glaring sunlight fails
And the fire shines through the cracks
I climb the broken stockyard rails
And watch the bridle-tracks

He kissed me twice and once again
And rode across the hill
The pint-pots and the hobble-chain
I hear them jingling still;
He'll come at night or not at all --
He left in dust and heat
And when the soft, cool shadows fall
Is the best time to meet
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And he is coming back again
He wrote to let me know
The floods were in the Darling then --
It seems so long ago;
He'd come through miles of slush and mud
And it was weary work
The creeks were bankers, and the flood
Was forty miles round Bourke

He said the floods had formed a block
The plains could not be crossed
And there was foot-rot in the flock
And hundreds had been lost;
The sheep were falling thick and fast
A hundred miles from town
And when he reached the line at last
He trucked the remnant down

And so he'll have to stand the cost;
His luck was always bad
Instead of making more, he lost
The money that he had;
And how he'll manage, heaven knows
(My eyes are getting dim)
He says -- he says -- he don't -- suppose
I'll want -- to -- marry -- him

As if I wouldn't take his hand
Without a golden glove --
Oh! Jack, you men won't understand
How much a girl can love
I long to see his face once more --
Jack's dog! thank God, it's Jack! --
(I never thought I'd faint before)
He's coming -- up -- the track

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