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In old Sydney town –
In the Twenties and Thirties –
You were found with a gun
You’d be found in a cell,
Unless a coin could persuade
That copper who’d caught you.
It was a tricky time –
No matter your side –
If your calling was in crime.

There were two rival gangs,
Each with women in charge –
Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh –
How they fanned their feud!
With deadly scores to settle –
And guns too hot to handle –
Either mob made a stand,
They’d be face to face
Cut-throat blades in hand.

Kings Cross and Paddington,
Tilly worked scores of whores.
With stand-over jacks –
And cops on the take –
Protection came at a price.
Sly-grog gave gangs cash
At six pubs had to shut,
Cocaine was the deal
Where Kate made her cut. …/2
In old Sydney town –
In the Twenties and Thirties –
You were caught with a gun,
You’d be caught up in strife.
If you showed too much cheek,
You’d have too close a shave.
Rivals in crime, both queens of hate,
Sydney knew no sharper pair
Than Cut-Throat Tilly and Razor Kate.


from That string and its kite too, released November 25, 2016



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Ricky Allan Moe, Australia

Ricky Allan is a solo Piedmont blues guitar player, singer, songwriter and musical educator from the Latrobe Valley. He plays with a lyrical and refined fingerpicking style and sings with a pure warmth unique in the field of blues. Ricky performs a mix of both traditional songs from as early as the 1920s, as well as his own original Piedmont inspired, heartfelt songs. ... more

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