Taken from the Workshop Sessions live recordings, this is Paul Metsers' best known song: it has been covered by Bob Dylan, Nic Jones and countless others. Here, for the first time on video, is Paul singing the haunting 'Farewell to the Gold'.
Paul says: "I think the inspiration for this song, which I probably wrote in 1968, came from when I took my music class on a trip down the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. Part of our adventure included a day on one of the old gold digging sites, where we all panned for, and found, small flecks of the alluvial treasure. Our bus took us down the steep road from high Cardrona to the Shotover River, now known for its excellent whitewater canoeing, where many of the strikes during NZ's goldrush era were found. The chorus of the song haunted me until I found a story to accompany it - the account of a flash flood which, in July, 1863, claimed the lives of hundreds of goldminers. The old prospector and the young hopeful, who teams up with him and survives to tell the tale, are fictitious. The Shotover and Cardrona valleys are both in the South Island's rugged and beautiful Central Otago."
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Farewell to the Gold
published by Topic Records Ltd
Shotover river, your gold it is waning
It's weeks since the colour I've seen
But it's no use just sitting and Lady Luck blaming
So I'll pack up and make the break clean
Farewell to the gold that never I found
Goodbye to the nuggets that somewhere abound
For it's only when dreaming that I see you gleaming
Down in the dark, deep underground
It's nearly two years since I left my old mother
For adventure and gold by the pound
With Jimmy the prospector - he was another
For the hills of Otago was bound -chorus-
We worked the Cardrona's dry valley all over
Old Jimmy Williams and me
But they were panning good dirt on the winding Shotover
So we headed down there just to see -chorus-
We sluiced and we cradled for day after day
Making hardly enough to get by
Til a terrible flood swept poor Jimmy away
During six stormy days in July -chorus-
Filmed in Paul's workshop on Canon 550d with Pentacon 50mm 1.8 lens and three Sony V1s.