From the poem by Henry Lawson written in 1893
Tune by Peter Duggan (1975).
Printed in Chris Kempster's The Songs of Henry Lawson
Thanks to Peter Duggan for permission to use his tune in this collection.
Peter Duggan sings this song on his 1997 cassette "It Was Somewhere In September" along with a dozen more Henry Lawson songs.
The portrayal of Christ and his followers as organisers of the poor has a long history. In 14th Century England the rebel priest John Ball loved to say:
"When Adam dug and Eve span
Who was then the Gentleman?"
Woody Guthrie wrote in similar vein to Lawson in his song "Jesus Christ", and Ewan McColl has Jesus as an organiser with the disciples as fellow union members in his "Ballad of a Carpenter". The tradition continues in Australia today with Kev Carmody's "If Jesus Was a Christian"
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