Vale Polly

On Monday 26 August 2019, Madjitil Moorna Choir was honoured to sing at the state funeral of the late Graham Polly Farmer. Polly's daughter, Kimmy Farmer, who is also Della Rae's dear cousin, requested that we sing at the end of the ceremony. Polly's family expressed the wish that the funeral be a celebration of Polly's life, with many stories told about the great marmaan (man) and his contribution to Aussie Rules Football, the wider community and most importantly, his family. So 35 of us went to work rehearsing a variation of the song Hello Dolly, in two part harmonies. With less than a week to bring this together, Della Rae and Kobi led the choir through a powerful and moving performance as Polly's body was led away for the final time. Bordah Djinang (see you later) Polly.

 

Well hello Polly 

You’ll be missed Polly 

Was so nice to have you back where you belong 

You're so swell, Polly 

We can tell, Polly 

You're still glowin', you're still crowin', you're still goin' strong 

We felt the ground swayin' 

While the team's playin' 

One of our favourite games from way back when 

So don’t take the wrap fellas 

Do another lap, Polly 

Polly, never go away again 

Promise, you'll never go away 

Polly, never go away again 

 

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