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Song Of Waimate; Scotney, Harold; 1929; 2011-001-028

Song Of Waimate; Scotney, Harold, Dash, George; 1929; 2011-001-028
Song Of Waimate
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Song of Waimate – Musical Score

The ‘Song of Waimate’ is dedicated to W. Geddes Esq.,who after travelling the world proclaimed Waimate as “The Best Little Town that I Know”. The music was written by Harold Scotney and the words by George Dash. The song was written prior to the 1929 Jubilee of the Borough and was sung at the Radio Concert Broadcast from the Olympia Hall, Waimate on Friday 18th October, 1929.

Thy foothills empurpled in gloaming
Mt Studholme in sunset aglow,
Waimate my heart turns while roaming
To the best little town that I know

Haerami [sic], kapai Waimate,
Waituna, Wainono, Waihao,
All circle hill-sheltered Waimate,
The best little town that I know

As sparkle in sunlight thy waters
No landscape more beauty can show;
The grace of the fern hath thy daughters,
Oh the best little town that I know


From Haka, through Tawai, to ocean,
Wheat-laden thy fertile lands go.
Thy sons bear the Empire devotion,
Oh the best little town that I know.


Video of music with images: https://vimeo.com/171157175

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