Bridget Agnew

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Bridget Agnew is based on an article from The Age, published 23rd of December 1857 that details the murder suicide of pregnant mother Bridget Agnew and her two children. She was a 24-year-old Irish immigrant who lived in Irishtown (now Preston) Melbourne, with her husband James. The article included detailed quotes from James and their landlord Samuel Jeffery, who discovered the bodies. The song has three sections, each narrated by a different character - Bridget, Samuel and James.


Still morning, Wattlebirds warbling
My babes ate their bread and butter in bed
A dull ache lingered on the side of my head
From your fist and these words you said

“If you’re going to leave that’s fine
You know to leave our babies behind”
Quite, calm, you’ll hear no alarm and
Never see them again

Their struggle so brief, the silence so deep
Their bodies lay still ‘neath the water
Their flesh came from mine, no time to cry
Our souls will be freed of my torture


We traveled to visit our neighbour
Who was in the family way
A small pile of cloth lay beside their well, so
My son pulled our cart up with caution

Fishing the bundle with a stick
My breath drew a pain so fast and so thick
Ran to the Agnew house, no one was found
Two babes and a mother are drowned

Their struggle so brief, silence so deep
We dragged them all from the water
Murder you knew Bridget Agnew
To heaven with the children that fought you


My workday dragged on, I long to be home
I feel that I must make amends
This morning I said goodbye, you gave no reply
I understand, we don’t fight that often

If you’re going to leave that’s fine
You know to leave our babies behind
As you turn to leave the paddocks of Preston
The rest of your life you’ll find

Their struggle so brief, her silence so deep
My girls lay still by the water
Their flesh came from mine, forever entwined
I’ll never be free of this torture


from Inner North, released May 18, 2018
Written by Cat Canteri and Justin Bernasconi

Cat Canteri – Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Justin Bernasconi – Backing Vocals, Slide Guitar, Weird Organ
Justin Olsson – Drums


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Drummer, guitarist songwriter and singer from Melbourne Australia.

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