R. M. Williams - A Man Who Had Tried

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R. M. Williams - A Man Who Had Tried

Post by thestoryteller » Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:18 pm

R.M. WILLIAMS - A MAN WHO HAD TRIED

I stared at the brown leather boot in my hand
And applied elbow grease for a shine
When there right before me an image appeared
And I can't say the face it was mine.
But yes that old hat, which you wore with great pride,
And the short grey moustache 'neath your nose;
Revealed straight away you were Aussie and proud
And most bush folk admired you God knows.

We'll miss you old mate, as you were a proud son
For you taught us the value of pride.
Your Epitaph reads, as you wanted it to
R.M Williams ... A Man Who Had Tried.

In fact it was you who designed these old boots
That have lasted me all through these years
And news of your passing on November fifth,
Was a blow, which brought home a few tears.
From swagman to millionaire was your claim
And your trade mark the boots you designed.
You strode for perfection and here is the proof
As no better a boot could you find.

We'll miss you old mate, as you were a proud son
For you taught us the value of pride.
Your Epitaph reads, as you wanted it to
R.M Williams ... A Man Who Had Tried.

Yes that was your legacy to all of us
And we've taken your wise ways to heart.
You showed us how hard work it has its rewards
If one has the desire from the start.
You loved the bush ballads and rhyming bush verse,
You yourself played the role of bush bard.
And surely old friend you will visit again
If I polish these boots really hard.

We'll miss you old mate, as you were a proud son
For you taught us the value of pride.
Your Epitaph reads, as you wanted it to
R.M Williams ... A Man Who Had Tried.

© Bush Poet and Ballad Writer -Merv Webster

Recorded on The Bushman & The Balladeer album
From Bard to Balladeer album
Bush Verse and Ballads album
Some days your the pidgeon and other days the statue.

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