On The Passing Of Danny Spooner

His devoted fans will never join in the refrain
With the great Danny Spooner in a sea shanty again
The singer of old songs has lived the last night and day
Of a life journey that began for him in England far away

From Daylesford in central Victoria where he had lived for many years
News of his passing has left many of his fans in tears
For the collector and singer of old songs perhaps one if not the last of his kind
At singing of sea shanties and telling of old stories none as great as he was comes to mind

At music festivals in Australia Danny and his tiny musical squeeze box became well known
Over decades in time his fans in numbers had grown
A fuzzy haired and fuzzy bearded broad shouldered man
Perhaps in his eighties of time quite a span

Danny Spooner has died though the legend lives on
Of one of the last links to Seasons long gone
For his old stories and sea shanties of England he became known far and wide
Great memories of him will live on in tape though his body has died

At music festivals in Australia never more to be heard and seen
But great memories of Danny will remain evergreen
In all who did love him and it would be true to say
That he was one who gained new friends and new fans every day

by Francis Duggan

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