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katie noonan – esther lyrics

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[verse 1]
i stole two piece of lace, it was a short fall from grace
at 15 years old, a child sent away
a child i was, but a mother to be as well
newgate gaol was my babies first home

{pre-chorus]
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

[verse 2]
new south wales bound, on the lady penrhyn we were
below the water line, 100 woman my daughter and i
16 000 miles, eight months this dark, dank hole
starvation and disease knocking at our door

[pre-chorus]
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

[chorus]
this is a woman’s story in a man’s time
this is a gentle face in a brute world
this is a woman’s story in a man’s time
this is a gentle face in a brute world

[verse 3]
then i saw your eyes, kind and fair, fair blue
a lieutenant above the decks but by cape town our love was true
but the sadness in this land, it runs so deep
in this penal h-ll hole, i struggle to make my home

{pre-chorus]
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

[verse 4]
but as the corpses pile high, our blessings are many
seven children and a home and a farm
though charged with mutiny, here i am free
and almost 30 years since we meet, i finally married thee

[pre-chorus]
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

[chorus]
this is a woman’s story in a man’s time
this is a gentle face in a brute world
this is a woman’s story in a man’s time
this is a gentle face in a brute world