somebody's darling

by Warren Love

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the story of miner William Rigney who, during the gold rush days of the 1880's in the South Island of New Zealand, found a young man's body with his dog shivering beside him on the riverbank. There were many such young men who came to New Zealand unknown and untraceable. Rigney asked around but could find out nothing about the stranger. He arranged an inquest and buried him with a plaque saying simply "somebody's darling lies buried here". Years later, when Rigney himself died the locals buried him beside the young man with a plaque that read, "the man who buried somebody's darling, lies buried here". The graves are in a lonely spot and have become known locally as "the lonely graves".


he came alone
he travelled light
on a star cold
southern night

his dog it shivered
at his side
on the river bank
where he lay

on his horse's back
William Rigney came
to check his diggings
to mine his claim

somebody’s darling
somebody’s dear
somebody’s darling
lies here

he dragged him from
the river cold
he asked around
but no one knew

and the ground was cold
where he lay him down
away from the warm fires
of Roxborough town

now the Clutha flows
beside them both
near Murray Flat
beside a road

the lonely graves
of a young man broke
and an old man's heart
whose time had come

copyright w love c brown 2007


released July 13, 2015
recorded, mixed and engineered at the Swamp

guitar and vocal



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Warren Love Wellington, New Zealand

Love is a busker who came off the streets with a DEBUT ALBUM which was nominated 'best country music album' NZ Music Awards 2006/7 and described as a "classic". He was joined by NZ's top musicians in the genre

Radio NZ said, "the vocals are magic - there's a warmth and immediacy to warren love's singing that makes me . . . want to hear more."

NEW ALBUM working title 'Somebodys Darling'
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