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The Man From Snowy River

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Section 1

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There was movement at the station, for the word had passed aroundThat the colt from Old Regret had got away,
That the colt from Old Regret had got away,And had joined the wild bush horses - he was worth a thousand pound,
And had joined the wild bush horses - he was worth a thousand pound,So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.
So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.All the tried and noted riders from the stations near and far
All the tried and noted riders from the stations near and farHad mustered at the homestead overnight,
Had mustered at the homestead overnight,For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are,
For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are,And the stock horse snuffs the battle with delight.
And the stock horse snuffs the battle with delight.There was Harrison who made his pile when Pardon won the cup,
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Section 2

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There was Harrison who made his pile when Pardon won the cup,The old man with his hair as white as snow;
The old man with his hair as white as snow;But few could ride beside him when his blood was fairly up -
But few could ride beside him when his blood was fairly up -He would go wherever horse and man could go.
He would go wherever horse and man could go.And Clancy of the Overflow came down to lend a hand,
And Clancy of the Overflow came down to lend a hand,No better horseman ever held the reigns;
No better horseman ever held the reigns;For never horse could throw him while the saddle-girths would stand,
For never horse could throw him while the saddle-girths would stand,He learnt to ride while droving on the plains.
He learnt to ride while droving on the plains.And one was there, a stripling on a small and weedy beast,
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Section 3

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And one was there, a stripling on a small and weedy beast,He was something like a racehorse undersized,
He was something like a racehorse undersized,With a touch of Timor pony - three parts thoroughbred at least -
With a touch of Timor pony - three parts thoroughbred at least -And such as are by mountain horsemen prized.
And such as are by mountain horsemen prized.He was hard and tough and wiry - just the sort that won't say die -
He was hard and tough and wiry - just the sort that won't say die -There was courage in his quick impatient tread;
There was courage in his quick impatient tread;And he bore the badge of gameness in his bright and fiery eye,
And he bore the badge of gameness in his bright and fiery eye,And the proud and lofty carriage of his head.
And the proud and lofty carriage of his head.But still so small and weedy, one would doubt his power to stay,
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Section 4

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But still so small and weedy, one would doubt his power to stay,And the old man said, 'That horse will never do
And the old man said, 'That horse will never do'For a long and tiring gallop - lad, you'd better stop away,
'For a long and tiring gallop - lad, you'd better stop away,'Those hills are far too rough for such as you.'
'Those hills are far too rough for such as you.'So he waited sad and wistful - only Clancy stood his friend -
So he waited sad and wistful - only Clancy stood his friend -'I think we ought to let him come,' he said;
'I think we ought to let him come,' he said;'I warrant he'll be with us when he's wanted at the end,
'I warrant he'll be with us when he's wanted at the end,'For both his horse and he are mountain bred.'
'For both his horse and he are mountain bred.''He hails from Snowy River, up by Kosciusko's side,
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Section 5

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'He hails from Snowy River, up by Kosciusko's side,'Where the hills are twice as steep and twice as rough,
'Where the hills are twice as steep and twice as rough,'Where a horse's hoofs strike firelight from the flint stone every stride,
'Where a horse's hoofs strike firelight from the flint stone every stride,'The man that holds his own is good enough.
'The man that holds his own is good enough.'And the Snowy River riders on the mountains make their home,
'And the Snowy River riders on the mountains make their home,'Where the river runs those giant hills between;
'Where the river runs those giant hills between;'I have seen full many horsemen since I first commenced to roam,
'I have seen full many horsemen since I first commenced to roam,'But nowhere yet such horsemen have I seen.'
'But nowhere yet such horsemen have I seen.'So he went - they found the horses by the big mimosa clump -
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Section 6

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So he went - they found the horses by the big mimosa clump -They raced away towards the mountain's brow,
They raced away towards the mountain's brow,And the old man gave his orders, 'Boys, go at them from the jump,
And the old man gave his orders, 'Boys, go at them from the jump,'No use to try for fancy riding now.
'No use to try for fancy riding now.'And, Clancy, you must wheel them, try and wheel them to the right.
'And, Clancy, you must wheel them, try and wheel them to the right.'Ride boldly, lad, and never fear the spills,
'Ride boldly, lad, and never fear the spills,'For never yet was rider that could keep the mob in sight,
'For never yet was rider that could keep the mob in sight,'If once they gain the shelter of the hills.'
'If once they gain the shelter of the hills.'So Clancy rode to wheel them - he was racing on the wing
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Section 7

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So Clancy rode to wheel them - he was racing on the wingWhere the best and boldest riders take their place,
Where the best and boldest riders take their place,And he raced his stock-horse pass them, and he made the ranges ring
And he raced his stock-horse pass them, and he made the ranges ringWith the stockwhip, as he met them face to face.
With the stockwhip, as he met them face to face.Then they halted for a moment, while he swung the dreaded lash,
Then they halted for a moment, while he swung the dreaded lash,But they saw their well-loved mountain full in view,
But they saw their well-loved mountain full in view,And they charged beneath the stockwhip with a sharp and sudden dash,
And they charged beneath the stockwhip with a sharp and sudden dash,And off into the mountain scrub they flew.
And off into the mountain scrub they flew.Then fast the horsemen followed, where the gorges deep and black
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Section 8

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Then fast the horsemen followed, where the gorges deep and blackResounded to the thunder of their tread,
Resounded to the thunder of their tread,And the stockwhips woke the echoes, and they fiercely answered back
And the stockwhips woke the echoes, and they fiercely answered backFrom cliffs and crags that beetled overhead.
From cliffs and crags that beetled overhead.And upward, ever upward, the wild horses held their way,
And upward, ever upward, the wild horses held their way,Where mountain ash and kurrajong grew wide;
Where mountain ash and kurrajong grew wide;And the old man muttered fiercely, 'We may bid the mob good day,
And the old man muttered fiercely, 'We may bid the mob good day,'No man can hold them down the other side.'
'No man can hold them down the other side.'When they reached the mountain's summit, even Clancy took a pull,
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Section 9

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When they reached the mountain's summit, even Clancy took a pull,It might well make the boldest hold their breath,
It might well make the boldest hold their breath,The wild hop scrub grew thickly, and the hidden ground was full
The wild hop scrub grew thickly, and the hidden ground was fullOf wombat holes, and any slip was death.
Of wombat holes, and any slip was death.But the man from Snowy River let the pony have his head,
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