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​To An Old Mate

This song is by John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew and appears on the album Lawson (2005) and on the album Behind The Lines (2008).

Old Mate! In the gusty old weather,
When our hopes and our troubles were new;
In the years we spent in wearing out leather,
I found you unselfish and true-
I have gathered these songs together
For the sake of our friendship and true...
And I send them along instead of the letters
I promised to write to you...

I remember, Old Man, I remember-
The tracks that we followed are clear;
The jovial last nights of December,
The solemn first days of the year;
Long tramps through the clearings and the timber,
Short partings on platform and pier
I remember, Old Man, I remember-
The tracks that we followed are clear...

I can still feel the spirit that bore us
And often the old stars will shine-
I remember the las spree in chorus
For the sake of that other Lang Syne.
When the tracks lay divided before us,
Your path through the future and mine;
I can still feel the spirit that bore us,
And often the old stars will shine...

You will find in these pages a trace of
That side of our past which was bright,
And recognize sometimes the face of
A friend, a friend who has dropped out of sight;
I have gathered these songs together
For the sake of our friendship and you;
And I send them along instead of the letters
I promised to write to you...