From the album The Anzac Day Kit

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This song tells of the life of John Simpson Kirkpatrick - the man with the donkey - who bravely saved many lives at Gallipoli in 1915 before hew as tragically killed. It is part of our Anzac Day Kit. The song was placed in the top 10 of songs in the 'Australia' category in the Australian Songwriters Association songwriting competition in 2014.

Lyrics

John Simpson Kirkpatrick (P. McGee, J Littrich, N McCann)
John Simpson Kirkpatrick you saved so many lives.
You brought so many soldiers back who never would have survived.
Your brief life ended on the shores of Gallipoli.
John Simpson Kirkpatrick, you mean the world to me.
Singing...Oh oh oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh oh, Oh oh oh. Oh oh oh.
You were born in England in 1892.
A boy from County Durham, who ran away to sea.
At only 17 you went wandering’ round the world.
Sailing in and out of ports ‘til Australia it would be.
Singing...Oh oh oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh oh, Oh oh oh. Oh oh oh.
You worked in many jobs, carried your swag, did it tough.
You cut the cane and you dug the coal,
Sent the money to your ma.
You joined up, trained for war.
Boy you couldn’t know.
What a difference you would make to the lives of many more.
You landed with those others on April 25.
Helping the wounded, those lucky to be alive.
One man you gathered up, held on your donkey safe.
A young man who would go back home and raise a family of his own.
Singing...Oh oh oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh oh, Oh oh oh. Oh oh oh.
John Simpson Kirkpatrick you saved my grandpa’s life.
You gave to me that special gift but you would never know.
Your brief life ended on the shores of Gallipoli.
John Simpson Kirkpatrick, you mean the world to me
Singing...Oh oh oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh oh, Oh oh oh. Oh oh oh.