Jack Donahoo

Jack Donahoo

Come, all you hold, undaunted men
You outlaws of the day
It’s time to beware of the ball and chain
And also slavery
Attention pay to what I say
And verily if you do
I will related you the actual fate
Of bold Jack Donahoo.

He had scarcely landed, as I tell you
Upon Australia’s shore
Than the became a real highwayman
As he had been before
There was Underwood and Mackerman
And Wade and Westley too
These were the four associates
Of bold Jack Donahoo.

Jack Donahoo, who was so brave
Rode out that afternoon
Knowing not that the pain of death
Would overtake him soon
So quickly then the horse police
From Sidney came to view
Begone from here, you cowardly dogs
Says bold Jack Donahoo.

The captain and the sergeant
Stopped then to decide
Do you intend to fight us
Or unto us resign
To surrender to such cowardly dogs
Is more than I will do
This day I’ll fight if I lose my life
Says bold Jack Donahoo.

The captain and the sergeant
The men they did divide
They fired from behind him
And also from each side
It’s six police he did shoot down
Before the fatal ball
Did piece the heart of Donahoo
And cause bold Jack to fall.

And when he fell he closed his eyes
He bid the world adieu
Come, all you boys, and sing the song
Of bold Jack Donahoo.