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GUEST,Terry Lyr Add: Me and Cheryl McGraw (7) RE: Lyr Add: Me and Cheryl McGraw 17 Jul 20


I've been doing this song since the mid-70s and can tell you the back story. Lee Williams was a pommie who worked the Sydney clubs billing himself as the Cockney Cowboy doing countyish songs interspersed with stand-up. His persona was a kind of whingeing Pom always putting Oz down and comparing it unfavourably to Old Blighty but he got away with it as he wasn't mean spirited and could be very perceptive.
Anyway Gough presented him with an opportunity with the National Anthem Competition and Lee entered this parody of Me & Bobby McGee into the competition. He would present it during has act with patter that ran along the lines "A national anthem had to be about everything that's good about a country so in the case of Australia it better be short and everybody should know the tune so it better be an American song because that will be all people know here". It was always well received and I get requests for it all the time.
The third verse is a bit clunky and I never bothered with it as less can be bloody well more. I have some different words most of which are immaterial but I do like to use
"Standing right beside me Lord,
Sweating like Phar Lap
Thank God for Aerogard to keep away the flies".


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