“The Plains of Emu (The Exile of Erin II)”


The Irish prisoner sadly recalls his home in Erin. The singer, though he claims he never received "a base-earned coin," has been transported for life. He fondly recalls his mother and his Nora. He says, "The tie is unbroken on the plains of Emu."


Emu Plains was a prison farm outside Sydney, established to grow food for the large population of that city. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 36-37, "The Exile of Erin" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #4354
  3. BI, FaE036


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1829