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The Drovers Wife
from the The Drovers Wife album.
For some time, LUKE O’SHEA has been trying to capture the essence and strength of the Australian woman in song and, according to Luke, nothing does this better than the poem entitled “The Drovers Wife” by HENRY LAWSON. Luke was around the same age as the boy featured in the poem when he first heard it and remembers sharing the same feelings of anger and frustration at his inability to really help his Mum…and at his Dad for not being there, although he couldn’t understand why he was away. It wasn’t until Luke grew older and had a family of his own that he finally understood why the Dad wasn’t there…he was out working bloody hard trying to provide for and save his family. As Luke explains, “I wrote this song for a few reasons…one to sing the praises of the Australian woman, to say sorry to my wife for the time I spend away and the other to say to the Drover and to my Dad, I now understand”.