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Advent in New Zealand

Stinking hot here and really muggy. The fan’s on full but it’s not helping. No snow, holly or long dark nights here. So time for some Antipodean Christmas songs. I like Backblocks Nativity, especially the verse:

She sat on the foot of the fernstalk bed
And she watched, but she didn’t understand
When they put those bundles at the baby’s head
And this river nugget into his hand

Gold is the power of a man with a man
And incense the power of man with God
But myrrh is the bitter taste of death
And the sour-sweet smell of the upturned sod

Also don’t forget to check out the other links at NZ Folk Song:

Given how much it’s rained here as well as being hot then the backblocks song with its rain isn’t too far off the mark.

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