Musselroe Bay

by Daniel J Townsend

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The first single from the new album, this rollicking ballad is a fiery true tale of Tasmanian Aboriginal resistance.


Long time ago, my father say,
When every night was just the same
Sister moon would wax and wane
Down at the bay
Down at the bay
Down at Musselroe Bay

Then one time the strange man came
Took a fish to use for bait
Took a seal, its skin for sale

Many moons did pass away
Til strange man came in the light of day
With nets and traps which he did lay

With the morning sun’s new rays
He offered tea and flour for trade
He asked my mother’s hand to take

But then he took and he did not pay
Then he put our legs into chains
Then on the ground my brother lay

We blacked his house with the golden flame
We made the red flow from his veins
We took his life and took the blame


released August 29, 2015
Engineered by Daniel J Townsend and Cameron Johnson
Mixed and mastered by Hamish Clark
Trumpet: Heidi Maguire
Everything else: Daniel J Towsnend



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Daniel J Townsend TAS, Australia

Daniel J. Townsend was born on a tiny island on the edge of the world, veins coursing with a cocktail of English convict and Aboriginal blood. Poet, folk musician and dilettante historian, he has been singing stories ever since.

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