It’s As If He Knows – Eric Bogle-Peter Pratt (Cavalry and Lighthorse

A great song about the Australian Waler Horses left behind in the Middle East after World War I.

This is the thanks that these horses got for the service they provided.

Also see: – Waler Horse Society of Australia

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3 Responses to It’s As If He Knows – Eric Bogle-Peter Pratt (Cavalry and Lighthorse

  1. Dan Gilmore says:

    Excellent website about Waler Horses. Thanks for providing a link to it!

  2. Roger Hanington says:

    also —

    The Horses Stayed Behind
    By “Trooper Blue Gum”

    “In days to come we’ll wander west and cross the range again;
    We’ll hear the bush birds singing in the green trees after rain,
    We’ll canter through the Mitchell Grass and breast the bracing wind;
    But we’ll have other horses.
    Our chargers stay behind.
    Around the fire at night we’ll yarn about old Sinai;
    We’ll fight our battles o’er again; and as the days go by,
    There’ll be old mates to greet us The bush girls will be kind;
    Still our thoughts will often wander to the horses left behind;
    I dont think I could stand the thought of my old fancy hack,
    Just crawling round old Cairo with a ‘Gypo on his back.
    Perhaps some English tourist out in Palestine may find,
    A broken-hearted Waler with a wooden plough behind,
    I think I’d better shoot him and tell a little lie;
    He floundered in a wombat hole and then lay down to die.
    Maybe I’ll get court-martialled; but damned if I’m inclined,
    To go back to Australia and leave my horse behind……”

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