Johnny Mullagh

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This songs conveys the story of our first X1 in England and the rise of the legendary Johnny Mullagh.

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Johnny Mullagh- by Todd Cook

20,000 through Kennington gate, Ladies and carriages and all the press they wait. Waiting on this great event, an epoch in history, so the news went.
The crowd cheered the mob from the antipodes, They had purple sashes blowing in the breeze. Flick of the coin and given the ball, They gave three cheers and a war cry. Singing-

Between the wickets with a speed of a deer, playful and agile and a tongue peculiar to the ear. They battled hard but lost by an innings and seven runs, all the bats failed, all but one. “A travesty to cricket not a third rate bat amongst them, second rate bowling,” the press would tirade against them. But the crowd carried of a player from the touring team who made 73 and took the best catch they’ve ever seen.

It’s not over, Johnny Mullagh, all the time to rock back hit through the line
The elation on top of the crowds shoulders, the great- all rounder.

The game rolled in to the hollowed turf at lords where an earl, a viscount played so did a lieutenant cornel. The army captain showed great race relations but when the game was played it was everyman to his station. The pitch was erratic, Cuzens took ten, the tourists hit the lead then it disappeared again.
No one could last bruised battered over-awed, with a brave 75 Mullagh top scored.

It’s not over, Johnny Mullagh, all the time to rock back hit through the line
The elation on top of the crowds shoulders, the great- all rounder.
ooo, yeah yeah

Head up north where the underdog howls, breathes life into the team again.
They one in Witham and Longsight. With spirit they one ten.
Tea brake race, a woomera flies, deadly with bat and ball in hand,
Defined and described as the best batter in the land.

A red gum bat and a hunters eye.
Shearers hands that glide.
Lifted up on the crowds shoulders, strength of men in darker times
Shone the light until over, our great Johny Mullagh

It’s not over, Johnny Mullagh, all will find your strength flows from your bat through time. The elation on top of the crowds shoulders. Our great Johnny Mullagh

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from Silent Boat, released March 3, 2018
© Todd Cook 2018

Acoustic Guitar and and vocals- Todd Cook
Double Bass- Ben Franz
Drums Danny Mckenna
Tracked, Mixed and mastered by Robin Mai @ Woodstock Studio

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