Paddy McHugh

Paddy McHugh

 Queensland, AUS
SoloCountryFolk

Paddy sings honest no bullshit country. He has played gigs all over with his good mates The Goldminers and he has released two records. He lives in Brisbane with his wife and kids.

Biography

Paddy sings honest no bullshit country. He has played gigs all over with his good mates The Goldminers and he has released two records. He lives in Brisbane with his wife and kids.


Lyrics

Gins Leap

Written By: Paddy McHugh

On the Kamilaroi highway near the town of Boggabri
There is a little truck stop there most travelers pass by
But occasionally the weary or those who need to take a leak
Will stop beside this spot by the name of Gin’s Leap

Now Gin’s Leap is a cliff face a mighty wall of stone
Left high above the plane by a volcano years ago
There is a little sign there tucked underneath it’s face
That tells all who read it how Gin’s Leap got its name

The story that the sign reads is the story that’s best known
About a Koori Juliette and Romeo
These two forbidden lovers fled from the anger of their tribe
And from the top hand in hand they both did take their lives

Now the other version of the tale you’ll hear whispered round the traps
How a bunch of local farmers taught a lesson to the blacks
They rounded up their women and they marched them to the top
They gave them there a choice to jump or to be shot

I’m not claiming to bear witness and yes history goes deep
But if asked to pick a story I know which one I’d believe
Black blood runs all over and that river it runs deep
No matter what the sign reads underneath Gin’s Leap

The Moonbi General Store

Written By: Paddy McHugh

Well the first time it happened was the middle of the night
Both Kody and his sister escaped with their lives
100 head of cattle a living load
Came down the side of the mountain and off a the road
When Kody saw the damage done
He grabbed his sister and he grabbed his gun
He prowled though the rubble the blood and mess
Killed all the dying cows and found the driver dead

Yeah they built their shop on a bend in the road
and every once in a while a 10 tonne load would come
over the hill down the mountainside
and take their turn just a little too wide come
crashing through the yard and their front door and
tear apart that little general store
but they built it back up every single time
with stubborn pride

The 2nd time it happened was a load of rocks
The driver trying to make up time and please his boss and those
Moonbi hills will twist you around and he
Shifted up instead of shifting down
All that speed and inertia’s force
Came down the side of the mountain towards the general store
With a squeal of the tyres the truck jack knifed
Rolled over twice took Kody’s sisters life

Yeah they built their shop on a bend in the road
and every once in a while a 10 tonne load would come
over the hill down the mountainside
and take their turn just a little too wide come
crashing through the yard and their front door and
tear apart that little general store
but they built it back up every single time
And God knows Why

The third time it happened was in broad daylight
and Kody he got the fright of his life
100 head of cattle a living load
Came down the side of the mountain and off a the road
When Kody saw the damage done
he thought of his sister and he grabbed his gun
He prowled though the rubble the blood and mess
Killed all the dying cows and turned the gun on himself

Yeah they built their shop on a bend in the road
and every once in a while a 10 tonne load would come
over the hill down the mountainside
and take their turn just a little too wide come
crashing through the yard and their front door and
tear apart that little general store
so they moved the shop a little further down the line
And since that day nobody else has died

Dan O'Halloran

Written By: Paddy McHugh

Adopted for the fourth time at the age of eleven
Nobody wanted Dan O’Halloran
He got himself into mischief gangs and fight and in
Juvenile detention he spent most of his time and then
At the age of nineteen he held up a servo
They sentenced him to 14 years up at Lithgow

He was thirty when I met him out 2 years on parole
Livin in Redfern collecting the dole
Dan he was my neighbour and oft times I’d drink with him you’d
Never know the man had turned 21 in prison but to
Spite his history and that wild look in his eye
Dan was the sort of bloke you’d trust with your life

No - body knows what happened to Dan O’Halloran except me
And it makes me shiver
But his ghost can be heard a screaming
Along the banks of the Daintree river

Many a time we wasted at the Raglan happy hour till
One day he dragged me down to the bar at the Cauliflower put a
Hundred on the counter and said Paddy drink it down cause
Come next Friday well I’ll be skippin town
I pressed him for the details but he never told me why we just
Toasted our friendship and we said our goodbyes

Bout a week later this biker comes round
Bashin on doors wondering where Dan can be found
I’d been seen drinkin with him so he gets all up in my face I tell him
Dan was just my neighbour and I ain’t seen him around the place
He told me Dan had used a gun and he’d ripped the wrong people off and if I
See the mongrel bastard tell he’ll be lucky if he gets shot

No - body knows what happened to Dan O’Halloran except me
And it makes me shiver
But his ghost can be heard a screaming
Along the banks of the Daintree river

About a year later I got a letter
Postmarked from Queensland Dan had never been better he’d been
Nine months out at sea on a Cape York fishin boat he’d
Saved up all his money and he was headed for the coast said he’d
Had enough of runnin so he set up in Port Douglas life was
Beer, sun and women and sellin pills to the tourists

Happy hour at the Raglan back in Redfern drinkin I
Overheard a bloke say do you remember that dog O’Halloran well we
Found him up North livin it up in Port Douglas my
Ears pricked up and I swivelled round to face these two bikers
The both of them chuckled and one said through a smile we
Tied him up and left him by the river to the salt water crocodiles

No - body knows what happened to Dan O’Halloran except me
And it makes me shiver
He was beaten and left to be eaten by the crocs on the banks of the Daintree River
Yes he was tied up and left to be eaten by the crocs on the banks of the Daintree river
Yes he was beaten and left to be eaten by the crocs on the banks of the Daintree river

Comfort in the Song

Written By: Paddy McHugh

I sing a song of sorrow
For a mate now dead and gone
I don’t mean to wallow
I find comfort in the song

He fell for the wrong girl
She choked the love from his heart
He turned to the needle
And we drifted apart

Then one night while lonely
Something in him snapped
He went down to Woy Woy Station
And he lay down on the tracks

So I sing a song of sorrow
For a mate since passed away
I miss him and I think of Him
Every single day

I sing a song of sorrow
For a mate now dead and gone
I don’t mean to wallow
I find comfort in the song

The Cricketer's Arms

Written By: Paddy McHugh

Well they met in a pub it was the cricketer’s arms
He was a drunk she worked behind the bar
She’d served him for nigh on 16 years
Whiskey straight in the glass the occasional beer

She’d flirted with him from the day that he’d walked in
Give him his service with a wink and a grin
He wondered if he’d ever get the guts
To ask her out for dinner drinks dancing and such

Well politely she declined him but he didn’t take it well
And the blokes at the bar gave him no end of hell
Till finally well he had had enough
He would make her pay for his unrequited love

So he waited till close one Friday night
Trussed her up and strangled her with fencing wire
He left her by the empty kegs in the street
Disappeared next morning in the hot summer heat

Well he wound up in a pub it was the crown and anchor
Nobody knew him he was just another drunkard
He would still drink his whiskey straight
But he couldn’t drink enough to forget her pretty face

And the girl behind the bar well she was just the same
Flirting and smilin and playing little games
It was enough to drive better men mad
Especially in the heat with all the pain that he had

So he waited till close one Friday night
Waited until she stepped outside
He jumped from the second story deck
With a loop of fencing wire round his neck

So fellas take a warning from this here story
The girls behind the bar they only care for your money
And girls if work behind the bar
Be careful with those lonely hearts

Discography

(2011) Self Titled

(2012) Trials & Cape Tribulation