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Lifeline

A tribute to C.Y. O'Connor
C.Y. O'Connor was a brilliant Irish-born engineer. In 1895 he was asked to produce a plan to pipe water from near Perth in Western Australia to the goldfields of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie, a distance of almost 600 kilometres. He also designed a massive dam and weir to store the water. He was harshly treated by the Press at the time who described the scheme as 'foolhardy' and 'a waste of public money'. The pipeline is still in use today and he is now regarded as a genius.

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The life of C.Y. O
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Age:
8 to 12
Subject:
C.Y. O'Connor
Australian History
Western Australia
Genre:
Celtic/pop
Performer:
unison choir with opt. solo
Musical Range:
C4 to F5
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Lifeline
(A Tribute to C.Y. O'Connor)
Words & Music by Glyn Lehmann

Verse 1
Dig, dig, dig, dig.
We're out in the burning desert
It's eighteen ninety three
Our throats are dry as we dig for gold
There's something more precious we need
We came here to Coolgardie
And to Kalgoorlie too
Now ev'ry man and his dog
Wants to make their dreams come true

We hear there's a bloke with vision
A man who knows his stuff
He goes by the name O'Connor
Some say he's a genius

Verse 2
He's putting his mind to work
He's drawing up a plan
He's gonna send some water here
Any way he can
Gonna build the Mundaring Weir
Store the water there
Send it over three hundred miles of barren land

We hear there's a bloke with vision
A man who knows his stuff
He goes by the name O'Connor
Some say he's a genius

CHORUS
C.Y. build us a pipeline
Send us a lifeline
Open up this land
C.Y. they gave you a hard time
History will be kind
You opened up this land

Verse 3
Dig, dig, dig, dig.
We're out in the burning desert
The twenty first century
His legacy flows on and on, on through our lives
And as we quench our thirst and wash away the sweat
We'll think of the name O'Connor
And say, 'He's a genius.'

CHORUS
C.Y. build us a pipeline
Send us a lifeline
Open up this land
C.Y. they gave you a hard time
History will be kind
You opened up this land

Opened up this land.
Opened up this land.
Opened up this land.
Lifeline.


© 2008 Glyn Lehmann

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