Far Away in Australia: a traditional folk song about migration

Hello friends,

Here is a traditional folk song that I used to play in folk clubs in the south of England. I first heard the version by Dolores Keane and fell in love with it. I am not sure of the origin of this song though. I think it is quite old and I would be interested in learning more about its composer or composers and history, so if any of you reading this do know something about it, please feel free to let me know in the comments section below this blog post.

I have added a little surprise at the end. If you like it, I might do the full version later on.

I am singing it in our living room in our new house that my husband and I are in the process of building. We have nearly finished the framing stage, so I thought I would try out the acoustics! I hope you enjoy this song.

Lyrics to Far Away in Australia

Verse 1

Sweetheart I’m bidding you fond farewell,

I will be yours someday,

I am bound for a new land my fortune to try and

I’m ready to sail away.


Far away in Australia,

Soon will fate be kind,

And I will be ready to welcome at last,

The girl I left behind.

Verse 2

No you can’t leave me this poor maiden said,

I shall not let you go,

But I must leave you he gently replied,

If for only a while or so.


Verse 3

Now if in success or in failure,

I’ll be forever true,

And proudly each day in a land far away,

I’ll be building a home for you


Verse 4

Daily she waits at the old cottage gate,

Watching the whole day through,

Then one day a message from over the sea,

And she’s hoping these words are true.

Repeat chorus twice.

If you enjoyed this song, please feel free to share it.

Thanks for watching and for encouraging me along my creative journey.

with love and peace,

Sarah x


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