Carmel Charlton

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Songs Of The West - 1993

 

 

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Track 1   Beautiful Denmark

 Track 2  Back To The Goldfields

Track 3  The Fremantle Doctor

Track 4  Through Our Eyes

Track 5  Yorkrakine

Track 6  Splendid Fairy Wren

Track 7  Home To You And Me

Track 8  My Nullarbor Home

Track 9  Swan River Jig

Track 10  Southward Bound

Track 11  One at a Time

Track 12  Horses Coming Home

Track 13  One Hundred Year Ago

Track 14  Coolamun Baby

Track 15  May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

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Acknowledgements:

Carmel Charlton - Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards and Arrangements.

Additional Musicians – Russell Smith, Bob Thompson, Steve Barnes and Debbie Durie.


BEAUTIFUL DENMARK
Words Maxine Fumgalli. Music Carmel Charlton

In 1829 tribal leader and peacemaker Mokare, guided an expedition from Albany to Denmark. The aboriginal name for Denmark is Kurrabup meaning ‘Place of the black swan’. Wardong is the black cockatoo

The pelicans are standing by the river,
The wardong brings a warning of coming rain
To Kurrabup, the place of our dreaming
The peace of the black swan still remains

The unseen spirit of Mokare
Whispering a love song through the trees
Recalling that journey to Mt. Lindsey
He led men safely through the bush from Albany

Chorus
To beautiful Denmark
Where the river flows, the inlet grows
And runs on down to the sea
Ancient sprits are calling me to beautiful Denmark

High upon the summit of Mt. Shadforth
Across the sparkling waters and green, brown land
Sitting snug amid the grandeur of the karri’s
There Mother Nature waves her loving hand

So it’s homeward bound to Scotsdale and its sunsets
A humble cottage waiting there for me
Log fires and a hearth of sweet contentment
And like the black swan I find peace and harmon.

Chorus
To beautiful Denmark
Where the river flows, the inlet grows
And runs on down to the sea.
Ancient spirits are calling me … calling me
To beautiful Denmark.                                                                                   
    

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THE FREMANTLE DOCTOR
Words Patrick O'Leary. Music Carmel Charlton

In the heat of the summer we are cooled by a sea breeze

On the south western shores of Australia when the storm clouds of winter has passed
The sun rises high in a clear assure sky and summer is with us at last
You can fry an egg on the pavement or burn your feet on the sand
So we'll wait for the breeze, the stiff summer breeze to cool the old city again

Chorus
I am the doctor, the Fremantle doctor out in the Indian Ocean I rise
Cooling the heat waves that dance in the desert
Driving the clouds through the soft summer skies

There are winds that blow from the Arctic howling out from an ice bound storm
Out over the frozen wastelands where it's only a dream to be warm
There are winds that have become famous whether thy're old or they're new
A cyclone, a zephyr, a tempest but for us the old doctor will do

When darkness falls over the city and twinkling stars fill the sky
The cool of the night fills us all with delight as we watch the evening pass by
But slowly the temperature rises as day drags on towards noon
And for me the heat is too hard to beat and the doctor can't come here too soon  
  

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YORKRAKINE
Words and music Carmel Charlton

The place where Carmel grew up in the central wheatbelt

Looking out across the farmlands, wheatfields waving in the setting sun
What a peaceful world I look upon
Standing on the rock so high, I can almost touch the sky. I belong

I recall again the places where I used to wander as a child
Where the everlasting all grew wild
Climbing over rocks and streams
Catching tadpoles dreaming dreams
Such beauty I’d find in old Yorkrakine

Chorus
Where the paddocks of grain go on forever

I don’t think that I could ever leave this place again
Where the magpies warble all day through
The tall gum trees, the skies of blue are calling me back home
To Yorkrakine, my old farm, my old home, my old friends

I can see the windmills turning. I can hear the kookaburra’s call
But there’s one thing I miss most of all
That’s my own dear Mum and Dad
And all the happy times we had
Still they’re near, they’ll always be near

I thank God time hasn’t changed the way it used to be
The everlastings still grow there with the golden Christmas tree

The paddocks of grain go on forever
I don’t think that I could ever leave this place again
Where the magpies warble all day through
The tall gum trees and skies of blue are calling me back home
To Yorkrakine, my old farm, my old home, my old friends
My old farm, my old home, my old friends              
                                             

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MY NULLARBOR HOME
Words by Jill Campbell. Music by Carmel Charlton

These are Jill’s feelings about her home Kybo Station

My home is out where the saltbush grows
Under a clear blue sky.
Where the treeless plain stretches mile after mile
With a beauty you can’t deny
In the summer months there’s a greying hue
In good seasons a sea of green
And the joy that it gives to those who live there
Is as great as any I’ve seen
Is as great as any I’ve seen

Chorus
And whenever I roam from my Nullarbor Home
No matter where I long to return again
And live under bright stars above
In the land that I love
In my Nullarbor Home

It can be cruel and give not a thought
To those who tread its soil
And many a soul has been turned away
Downhearted after their toil
But for those who’ve stayed and learned its worth
After loosening the grip of defeat
They’re well rewarded for their love and strength
And the value is theirs to keep
Yes the value is theirs to keep  
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ONE AT A TIME 
Let me take you on a journey back to old Jindalling school
Where the children came from near and far to learn the golden rule
Some would come by Shank's pony or in the old spring cart
They would have to rise at break of day
To be in time for school to start. 

Chorus
I can hear the school bell ringing come rain or shine
Where the teachers used to come and go one at a time 

There’s a pine tree in the school yard and a rose that’s overgrown
It was planted when the school was new to remind someone of home
It was a girl who’d come from England to Australia’s sunny shore
And was sent to teach at Jindalling school before he first world war.  Chorus
 

There’s a tire swinging from a tree where the children used to play
Hide and seek and hopscotch
It only seems like yesterday 

And concerning the teachers – life was hard for them
When they were billeted with strangers
Far from family and friends.  Chorus                                                            
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HOME TO YOU AND ME

Words & Music by Carmel Charlton

Sparkling blue oceans I see
And endless shorelines of gold
Flaming sunsets on far horizons
Yes there is beauty untold.

CHORUS
Where the sun is always shining
And the Swan River runs to the sea.
There are friendly faces and wide open spaces
And its home to you and me

From the shores of the Indian Ocean
To Kalgoorlie’s great golden mile
From the dusty plains of the Nullarbor
‘cross the sea to Rottnest Isle. Chorus

Many years ago the early pioneers
Toiled in the vastness of Western Australia
With blood and sweat and tears

Its home to the karri forest
And the beautiful wildflowers that grow
Its home to our own aborigines
Whose love for the land we know                         
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MAY THE ROAD RISE UP TO MEET YOU
Words and Music Carmel Charlton

Many of us have links with an Irish heritage. The chorus words of this song are from a traditional Irish Blessing.

Not much time to say goodbye, so before you leave I pray
That this Irish Blessing will touch your heart and speed you on your way

Chorus
May the road rise up to meet you and the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall soft upon your fields
May the road rise up to meet you and the wind be always at you back
And until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand

More than silver, more than gold is the treasure of a friend
And as you journey 'cross the miles this blessing with you I'll send                      
 

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