‘Walking After Midnight’ by Patsy Cline
I chose this song as it reminds me of being up on the Women’s Land near Wauchope where I moved when I was seven. I remember getting a shock when I was walking up a hill towards the Valley carrying a big bag and realising that this was life now. I realised that I now had to walk for miles to get to anywhere and there wasn’t a magic fairy that was going to wave her wand and get me to my destination. It was a new home with a new reality.
We had horses and the occasional old bomb of a car that would all too often break down. I had some very close girlfriends, like sisters, who I grew up with singing this song, so it will always bring me close to them.
We also loved singing Dolly Parton and some of the songs the women had written. Some of my favourites were ‘On the Road’, originally by John Denver, ‘The Raggle Taggle Gypsy’, and Silkie’, sung by Joan Baez. We had some beautiful singers and musicians up there and campfire singalongs often happened each night.