Lake Macquarie History

Have You Ever Been to Toronto.

Music and lyrics by Bob and Chic Cooper.

Recorded on the album Songs of the Hunter Valley, memorabilia. c2000

Have you ever been to Toronto,

a busy village by the shore,

see our beautiful Lake Macquarie,

browse a while and ex--plore,

Where the band plays Waltzing Matilda,

ride the coffee pot of yester-year,

Pass the pub up on the hill top,

down to the station and the pier,

down to the station and the pier.

It's a very old town with mem'ries,

to the people of long ago,

still - the same blue waters,

sailing and fishing they'd go

There are many bays that surround us,

our heritage of days gone by,

If you ever come to Toronto,

you'll never want to say goodbye,

you'll never want to say goodbye.

See the pelicans glide high-over,

as the speed boats fly the spray,

Where ev'ryone will meet some-one,

even at work or play.

Feel the cooling breezes blow in,

and the rising sun will catch your eye,

there's a lot to do in Toronto,

it's just the place for you and I,

it's just the place for you and I.

Share a picnic on the foreshore,

bring your friends and stay a while,

Lie in the shade of gum-trees,

feed the lazy gulls in style.

You relax enjoy your leisure,

at the bottom end of town,

see the jewel of Lake Macquarie,

it is Toronto we'll be bound.

It's just the place for you and I,

You'll never want to say goodbye,

it is Toronto we'll be bound.

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