Harry Baker

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HARRY BAKER / if anyone knows Harry Baker / if anyone has any news / I can still see him up on the hammer bringing it down, plum / all eight pounds / with me on the tap, I didn’t know what hard work was until I came by cattle truck to Hintock / my captors’ lives were the question mark in the dirt / didn’t I cop the bamboo for being smart / if anyone knew Harry Baker / they knew the asset that he was / I could never work out how a Queensland cane-cutter could turn his hand so easily to drilling rock / but now that cutting, it towers above me / and where mud ran in rivers is solid ground / you’d think the dysentery and disease of ’43 could have been washed from the world by now / so if anyone knows Harry Baker / tell him he helped pull me through / if anyone knows Harry Baker / tell him Tom Uren says hello

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from Ribbons Patterns, released April 9, 2010

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