by Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson
There are over 30 old bush songs and poems about Gundagai. This poem should not be confused with the old bush song by Jack O’Hagan Along the Road to Gundagai. We also have on our website Nine Miles from Gundagai, Five Miles From Gundagai and Flash Jack From Gundagai.
The mountain road goes up and down
From Gundagai to Tumut Town
And, branching off, there runs a track
Across the foothills grim and black,
Across the plains and ranges grey
To Sydney city far away.
It came by chance one day that I
From Tumut rode to Gundagai,
And reached about the evening tide
The crossing where the roads divide;
And, waiting at the crossing place,
I saw a maiden fair of face,
With eyes of deepest violet blue,
And cheeks to match the rose in hue –
The fairest maids Australia knows
Are bred among the mountain snows.
Then, fearing I might go astray,
I asked if she could show the way.
Her voice might well a man bewitch –
Its tones so supple, deep, and rich.
“The tracks are clear,” she made reply,
“And this goes down to Sydney Town,
And that one goes to Gundagai.”
Then slowly, looking coyly back,
She went along the Sydney track
And I for one was well content
To go the road the lady went;
But round the turn a swain she met –
The kiss she gave him haunts me yet!
I turned and travelled with a sigh
The lonely road to Gundagai.
About the Author
See our page on Banjo Paterson. Includes a linked list of all his writing available on our website.