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alinact Lyr Add: Melborn and Sideny (Idlers Five) (15) Melborn and Sydeny 22 Sep 02


John in Brisbane asked for the lyrics to this song in the thread about songs with towns and cities in the title. It will make absolutely no sense to the majority of 'catters and even a lot of Aussies, especially those under 40, probably won't understand some of the lyrics.

By way of explanation, there has been a long standing rivalry between the cities of Melbourne and Sydney; maybe not so much now but definately at the time this song was written in the early 1960's. Being an ex-Melbournite, obviously the views expressed in the song reflected my own at the time.

I don't have any information on who wrote the song or exactly when it was written. The tune is very much in the style of "My Old Man's A Dustman".

MELBORN AND SYDENY - IDLERS 5

Now here's a little story
and we won't tell no lie.
About our two great cities
Melborn and Sydeny

We'd rather live in Melbourne
although it may be faulty
Sydney's got its strippers
But we've got Henry Bolte.

We've got Australian booze
and the Melbourne Cup each year
Sydney's girls are way out front
but we've got stronger beer.

Now Sydney's got its harbour bridge
but King Street bridge just tossed it.
'Cos even though it did fall down
it's free to get across it.

Melbourne's got its music bowl
a bit of a botch we know,
but it's better than having an opera house
that's never staged a show.

We'd rather live in Melbourne
though some things are a menace.
Sydney's got its strippers
but we've got Kevin Dennis.

We've got Australian booze
and the Melbourne cup each year.
Sydney's girls are way out front
but we've got stronger beer.

Whenever we compare our buildings
Sydney's got one bigger.
but soon we'll have something down here
at which they cannot snigger.

Our jolly, giant jetport
Tullamarine!
The whole of little Mascot
could fit in its canteen.

We'd rather live in Melbourne
although they censor Mavis.
Sydney's got its strippers
but we've got Granny Davis.

We've got Australian booze
and the Melbourne Cup each year.
Sydney's girls are way out front
but we've got stronger beer.

Sydney's quite a place you know
Things aren't what they seem to be.
In Kings Cross you'd be at (a) loss
to pick a he or a she.

Melbourne is not pure we know
but Sydney's even viler,
and the only dirty books down here
are read by Mr Rylah.

We'd rather live in Melbourne
although it's not as hearty.
Sydney's got its strippers
but we've got Ron BarARSsi.

We've got Australian booze
and the Melbourne Cup each year.
Sydney's girls are way out front
but we've got stronger beer.

Sydney's girls are way out front
but we've got stronger beer.

Some brief notes.
- Henry Bolte was Premier of Victoria at the time (horrible little man).
- the Melbourne Cup is a very famous horse race. The day is declared a public holiday in Victoria.
- the King Street bridge didn't exactly fall down, but it did develop a very nasty crack.
- the Sydney Myer Music Bowl is an outdoor auditorium; a great place.
- Kevin Dennis was the epitome of the shady used car salesman.
- Mascot is another name for Sydney's airport.
- the Mavis Brampston Show was a very risque television show.
- Granny Davis was a revered elderly lady famous for her sliced bread.
- Kings Cross is (in)famous for its "alternate" inhabitants.
- Arthur Rylah was the Minister for Censoring Everything.
- Ron Barassi was a famous Aussie Rules (OK!) footballer.

John - I'd be interested to know if you plan on singing the song with its original lyrics or whether you plan to update them.

Allan


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