Here's Adieu To All Judges and Juries

from by Bush Gothic

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Artfully presented album with old world gilt lettering and lyric booklet. Design by Dan Witton, original photography by Peter Tarasuik.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Natural Selection Australian Songbook via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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The Lonely String Quartet help Bush Gothic to bring this old beauty back to life. A woman mourns the loss of her lover who has been transported as a convict in chains across the seas to Australia. Is this the only song in existence with techno banjo-mandolin part?


Here's adieu to all judges and juries
Justice and Old Bailey too
Seven years you've transported my true love
Seven years he's transported you know

How harsh is his place of confinement
That keeps him from his hearts delight
Cold irons and chains all around him
And a plank for his pillow at night

At night

If I had the wings of an eagle
I'd soar on my pinions so high
Slap bang to the arms of my Polly
Of my Polly
And in her soft bosom I'd lie

If e'er I returned from the ocean
It's scores of great riches I'll bring
And its all for the sake of my Polly
I'd cross the salt sea without fear

Without fear


from The Natural Selection Australian Songbook, released December 1, 2015
Jenny M. Thomas: vocal, piano
Dan Witton: double-bass, backing vocal
Chris Lewis: drumkit, banjo-mandolin
Sarah Curro: violin
Ed Antinov: violin
Jason Bunn: viola
Rachel Johnston: cello
Lyrics: traditional
Music: Jenny M. Thomas



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Bush Gothic Melbourne, Australia

Rebellious Australian Tradition 'The Natural Selection Australian Songbook': BBC Music Magazine -
5 STARS & World Music Albums of the year 2016.
fRoots Album of the Year 2016: Runner Up. 'Genius' -Lucky Oceans, ABC Radio National. Defiantly modern, achingly old, Bush Gothic re-imagine songs of heartbreak and tragedy amongst convicts, desperate miners and criminal women.
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