The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168402   Message #4069232
Posted By: Stewie
22-Aug-20 - 09:30 PM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Always great fun to sing - from 60's group The Settlers:

THE COOMA CAVALIERS
(Ulik O'Boyle)

From Jindabyne tunnel and 'round Island Bend
We boys go to Cooma, our money to spend
And we'll buy youse one beer there if you happen to see
Four Italians, three Germans, two Yugoslavs and me

Chorus
Now we may not be diggers but we'll have you know
We're digging thee tunnels up here in the snow

It's dark in that tunnel and the work she is rough
By the time it hits payday we all have enough
So we rush in to Cooma to have us one spree
Four miners, three fitters, two chippies and me

We pull up in Sharp Street by the Alpine Hotel
If you've been to Cooma you'll know this place well
Before we get inside our order rings out
Four vinos, three schnappses, two slivovitz, one stout

Well I guess a we got-a noisy, though no-a harm did we mean
Singing "O Solo Mio" and "Lili Marlene"
Some Aussies went crook 'cos they didn't agree
With four singing, three marching, two dancing and me

We may not be diggers but we'll have you know
The barmen all love us up here in the snow

The barman stood up then with a snarl on his face,
He said: "You Europeans, you're a flipping disgrace,
Stop drinking those queer drinks if you want to stop here
Become integrated drink our Aussie beer.

So we switched on to schooners and to the bar's cheers
Sang "Waltzing Matilda" and "Click Go The Shears"
For hours and hours without any cease
'Till the sudden arrival of the Cooma police

Now we may not be diggers but we'll have you know
We're regular swiggers up here in the snow

In a furious moment the whole bar was cleared
And no sign remained of those Aussies that cheered
So the coppers locked up then - unfair you'll agree -
Four Italians, three Germans, two Yugoslavs and me

Now we're back in that tunnel as broke as can be
For it cost us a fortune to bail ourselves free
But before you start laughing let me make it clear
It was worth it Australia for the sake of your beer

We may not be diggers, but we'll have you know
We dig digger beer up here in the snow

Youtube clip

--Stewie.