Another thing I like about Folk songs is the glimpse they give into very specific points in time, telling people’s stories which I’d have absolutely no idea about if someone hadn’t written a song about it.
This song by Paul Metsers tells a fictional (but not unrealistic) story about the New Zealand gold rush of the 1860s which was hit by flash floods in July 1863, killing many of the gold miners. (More info here)
It’s a fun song to sing although Charlie (my 5 year old) doesn’t like the last verse because it’s not very happy (another theme that runs very strongly through these songs!).
Lyrics: From memory
Download: 04 Shotover River