Silent Boat

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The 'Silent Boat' describes the journey of the first Australian cricket team to tour England in 1868.

The governments, Aboriginal Protection Board, prevented Aboriginal people moving around the colonies. So our first team organised a 'fishing trip' that rendezvoued with another boat, taking them first to Sydney then on to Kent, England. They avoided the governments policies and took their future into their own hands.

The team, predominately made up of indigenous players form the Western District, along with their captain Charles Lawrence, witnessed the prejudice of the time, fury of the Southern ocean and the humility of sport.

lyrics

Silent boat- Todd Cook © 2018
Sailing out on this silent ship
Out of Queenscliff, to an old Kent Town.

Ancient Water.
And a tide that won’t relent
New world beckons
Or a winter in a calico tent.

Now full sail, on this silent ship
What’s coming up on this walkabout.

On the silent boat.
Captains Faith, will keep you strong.
Sets the course to new hope,
Hold fast your friends.
Hold fast your friends.
Holding on.

Ooo ohhh

Sailing, out on the open sea
Deep blue south
As ice -bergs slip by.

Ancient water,
Held by the pressure and the cold
Broken free
Of the ice pack or government hold.

Now full sail, on this silent ship
What’s coming up on this walkabout.

On the silent boat.
Captains Faith, will keep you strong.
Sets the course to new hope,
Hold fast your friends.
Hold fast your friends.
Holding on.

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

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

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