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Down Where The Banksias Grow

by Andy Baylor

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I slept last night in Bunarong land And dreamed that I met an old, old man The song he was singing so soft and low Was a ’callin’ to me like the wind by the sea Down where the banksias grow, boys, down where the banksias grow I was taken back to my mountain home and down lanes I once knew I wandered alone I stood on the corner where my daddy said goodbye I wanted to cry and I wanted to hide Down where the Corranderk grow, boys, down where the corranderrk grows I went to the house of my very first love And called out her name to the window above I could see her auburn eyes lookin’ straight at me Sighing that our love was never to be So down the road I did go Down where the grevilleas did grow,where the grevillea grows Then I climbed up to the top of the hill where the old schoolhouse stood proud and still I saw the faces of my childhood friends They smiled at me so innocently And we ran down the valley so low Down where the wattle trees grow, boys, down where the wattle trees grow. I gazed down upon a city by the sea And hopes and dreams came upon me so I went on down ,I wandered around but I didn't stay long, I didn't belong down where the Yarra Gums grow, boys, down where the Yarra Gums grow Then the old man came and he took my hand “you are who you are, you belong to this land” Life’s but a dream. there's worlds unseen open your eyes ,in the morning you will rise Down where the banksias grow down where the banksias grow I awoke at dawn to the birds of the morn and remembered the song of the Bunarong I saw an endless ocean ,strange and diverse The sound of breaking waves on the rocks by the caves Filled the whole universe boys ,filled the whole universe Down where the banksias grow ,down where the banksias grow
Bush Medicine Lost knowledge Secret magic Help me now I want something That was taken Taken from me long ago There’s a way to go Bush medicine, heal me now Theres a truth to know Bush medicine heal me now Along the valleys In the mountains Far away From where the people go Ferns and flowers Filled with power I want to pluck The golden bough Yarra Yarra Woori Yallock Donna Buang Toolebewong there's a fountain in the mountains Crystal waters They Do flow
I got those hard travelling Newell Highway Blues This road it is taking me away from you The country is as big as my love for you I got those Hard Travellin’ Newell Highway Blues Left my home down south in old Victoria By the time I hit Big river I’ll be missin’ you (ya) My love is as big as the sky is blue Newell highway will bring me back to you I just keep a rollin down the road A fiddle and a song my only load Like a truckie making time Like a man on the run Newell Highway take me back to where I come from And I gaze out across Wiradjuri lands I sit and I wonder who I am The days gone by and the future to come Newell highway take me back to where I come from I drive through the dusty little towns I know that I will never settle down Theres a song in my soul I’ll be singing it for you I got those hard travellin’ Newell Highway Blues
Away out on the mountain, on the slopes of Juliet Where the lyrebirds do so sweetly sing as the Autumn sun does set The waters from the rocks do spring and mingle there so free And thus begin their journey down the valley to the sea The waters rise and follow down, sweeping through the trees And a mopoke watches in the gentle mountain breeze Towards the ever-setting sun the rising stream it hurries on And carries in it's deep dark depths the lonely lovers bones. Along the wooded river banks my love and I did go Not thinking of the future or which way the wind did blow We laughed and gaily wandered by the current flowing strong Not heeding the warning in the Mopoke’s evening song. Soon the night was falling and we found ourselves alone. So far had we wandered we were lost and far from home. My love became afraid and ran off into the night A screamin’ and a crying and in the grip of fright Into the dark she stumbled, cursing the very ground And as she heard that Mopoke's cry she fell and she was drowned. The moon it rose up slowly and in the pale bush glow I jumped into those waters cold my love to rescue so But her I could not find and the river it took me Together now we journey down the valley to the sea First stanza to end


On his tenth independent release, Andy Baylor furthers his reputation as Australia’s answer to Ry Cooder - an inordinately talented musician whose years of experience enable him to effortlessly straddle almost the entire spectrum of roots music. This is one of those albums that could justifiably be reviewed in the country, blues, folk or world sections and yet it’s not deliberately or overtly diverse - it just organically mingles Baylor’s interests and experiences as guitarist, mandolinist, fiddle and viola player, singer, and listener of great music.


released August 19, 2020

Andy Baylor - vocals, guitars;
Garret Costigan - pedal steel;
Sharkey Ramos - drums;
Elise Winterflood - double bass;
Denis Close - percussion;
Sharkey Ramos - percussion;
Sam Lemann - guitar, ukulele;
Sophia Dunne - violin and viola,
Kate Connor - violin;
Kain Borlase - bass.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Barry Stockley at Fat Sound Studios, West Melbourne.

All songs written by Andy Baylor.

Album artwork by Andy Baylor.


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Andy Baylor Melbourne, Australia

Andy Baylor is a n influential Australian musician known for his multi-instrumental skills, song-writing and versatility. Andy’s early career centered around Melbourne inner city arts/roots bands.In the 90s Andy started developing his own Australian style and he has remained active into the current era. He has produced many original albums ,some of which are available here ... more

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