THE ROAR OF THE CROWD
words and melody of this song are the work of Denis Kevans, a Sydney
trade unionist. Kevans retains - and here expresses - the traditional
belief of trade unionists in Australia that the union movement is an
important instrument of social change.
ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE HILL
words and melody of this song are by Gary Shearston. The song-makers of
the folk-song movement, as this record shows, have some very definite
ideas of what they are against - war, racial discrimination, capital
punishment, for example - but generally only rather vague ideas of what
they are for. So this song is a very characteristic product of the
present-day folk-song movement: an expression of hope for a better
future which is not related to any clear ideology, much less any
DO YOU KNOW BARRY?
was written, of course, as a comment on the last presidential election
campaign in the United States. Michael Thomas had his tongue in his
cheek when he was writing it, at least part of the time. He has his
tongue in his cheek today, when he suggests that Do You Know Barry?
just goes to show how quickly a topical song goes out of date. Gary
Shearston provided the words with a tune which is appropriate but not
altogether original; unashamed borrowing is one of the traditions of