Lake Macquarie History

Ballad of Lake Macquarie.

Music and lyrics by Bob and Chic Cooper.

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


(I) We live in the Hunter Valley, neath the Watagan Mountain breeze,

Where the waters of Lake Macquarie flow into the Tasman Sea.

(I) We sing to you from the mountains, to the trees of the forest below,

and the currawong fly above me, join into say hello!

People play on our wide surf beaches, pelicans and gulls glide in,

On our beautiful Lake Macquarie, happy children play and swim.

As you pass through the valley to the mountains,

You could even see a kang-a-roo, or koala's sleeping in gum trees, little doves that bill and coo.

Kook-a-burras laugh from the tree tops,

Hear the rowdy white cockies - fly by, see our beautiful Lake Macquarie,

Sea hawkes falling from the sky, when you leave our glorious valley, where the waves of the waters are free,

see our beautiful Lake Macquarie, come

along and play with me.

When you say farewell to our city, people all around will say, Re-mem-ber our Lake Macquarie, won't you come again some day:

(I) We sing to you from the mountains, to the trees of the forest below,

Re-mem-ber our Lake Macquarie, won't you come again some day:

Won't you come again some day.

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