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Gin And Raspberry

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By: Martin Curtis[1][2][3](approve sites)


The "Gin and Raspberry" was the richest mine in the Cardrona valley during the 1860s Otago gold rush. It got its name from the owner's custom of shouting gin and raspberry to all hands when a bucket of pay-dirt yielded an ounce of gold.

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C Am Dm G
While hunting for fox, we first came this way
C Am Dm G
From Lake Pembroke township took many a long day
C Am Dm G
To cut through the bush and we found a new rush
Am G Am Am
With a mine called the Gin and Raspberry
 
Chorus
C Am Dm G
Oh but it's hard, cruel and cold
C Am Dm G
Searching Cardrona for nuggets of gold
C Am Dm G
An ounce to the bucket and we'll all sell our souls
Am G Am Am
For a taste of the Gin and Raspberry
 
C Am Dm G
The rumours went out and the thousands poured in
C Am Dm G
A handful grew rich and many grew thin
C Am Dm G
They all hoped to find their own patch of tin
Am G Am Am
As rich as the Gin and Raspberry
 
Chorus
 
C Am Dm G
At first it was summer, and we all thought it grand
C Am Dm G
No shirts on our backs as we sluiced and we panned
C Am Dm G
But then came the snow and the southern winds blow
Am G Am Am
And there's ice in the Gin and Raspberry
 
Chorus
 
C Am Dm G
Young Billy McGrath, he worked hard and worked long
C Am Dm G
Always ready to smile and to sing us a song
C Am Dm G
But then he struck gold and was found dead and cold
Am G Am Am
Down in the Gin and Raspberry
 
Chorus
 
C Am Dm G
So I'll work out my time and I'll stay out of strife
C Am Dm G
I'll save all me tin to send home to me wife
C Am Dm G
And when the job's done, I'll leave at the run
Am G Am Am
And to hell with the Gin and Raspberry
 
Chorus
 
Am G Am Am
Come and drink up your Gin and Raspberry

Lake Pembroke was an early European name for Lake Wanaka.

Created 2010 Jul 27 10:23

This is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this for private study, scholarship, or research.

Page last modified on 2017 Jun 03 08:04

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