Our Whole World

Come explore it

The Wild Colonial Boy


NEWS   Health News Feed   The Front Page News Links   Sports News Feed

SONGS   All Ages Songs    Kids Songs    Irish Songs    Sea Shanties


Jack Duggan had been a bit of a wild one and got himself into a bit too much trouble in Australia. He robbed the rich and helped the poor but he was a real pain in the neck for the cops. He shot James McAvoy. That was enough to go get him. He shot his gun at the cops until Davis nailed him with a shot that took him down.

The Wild Colonial Boy

D                             G                       A7                     D              
There was a wild colonial boy, Jack Duggan was his name
             A                                               A7                         D 
He was born and raised in Ireland in a place called Castlemaine
                                A                  A7                           D
He was his father's only son, his mother's pride and joy
                             G           A                          A7  D 
And dearly did his parents love the wild colonial boy

D                            G                          A7                   D       
At the early age of sixteen years, he left his native home
                  A                                  A7                     D 
And to Australia's sunny shore he was inclined to roam
                                     A                              A7                     D
He robbed the rich, he helped the poor, he shot James McAvoy
                       G                     A         A7     D 
A terror to Australia was the wild colonial boy

D                              G              A7                  D         
One morning on the prairie as Jack he rode along
                 A                                A7                         D 
A listening to the mockingbird a singing a cheerful song
                                     A                       A7                  D
Out stepped a band of troopers, Kelly, Davis and Fitzroy
                             G                         A        A7      D 
They all set out to capture him, the wild colonial boy

D                                G                       A7                          D       
"Surrender now Jack Duggan for you see we're three to one
                           A                                                 A7              D 
Surrender in the Queen's high name for you're a plundering son"
                                     A                               A7                            D
Jack pulled two pistols from his belt and he proudly waved them high
                                 G                         A         A7     D 
"I'll fight, but not surrender," said the wild colonial boy

D                          G                  A7                          D       
He fired a shot at Kelly, which brought him to the ground                                                  A                                             A7    D 
And turning 'round to Davis, he received a fatal wound
                                                    A                     A7                D
A bullet pierced his proud young heart from the pistol of Fitzroy
                                      G                           A        A7    D 
And that was how they captured him, the wild colonial boy