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Thread #168402   Message #4070028
Posted By: Stewie
28-Aug-20 - 09:04 PM
Thread Name: Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
R-J, good to hear you got your 'puter back. What is LtU&E? Is it something like a 'round tuit'?

Bob Rummery put the tune to this one:

WHEN YOU'RE FLUSH
(T.Brittain/R.Rummery)

The work's been long and steady, now the contract's finished up
When the pass is hard, it doesn't pay to rush
Burning in my moleskin pocket is what I got from it
And there's other things you think of when you're flush
So I'll wind up the stringline, I'll put the tools away
And I'll turn the old camp-oven upside down
And in quest of earthly capers, I will look around a bit
And I'll try the bill of fare in Bunbury town
Yes, I'll try the bill of fare in Bunbury town

By the noon I'd crossed the sandplain and I didn't raise a sweat
'Cause a traveller that day was kind to me
I alighted from his sulky at the Prince of Wales Hotel
And soon afterwards embarked upon a spree
When a lady I befriended, so delightful was her charm
My desire of it was soon to wear me down
I feted her a fortnight with all the spice of life
It was nice, the bill of fare in Bunbury town
Yes, it was nice the bill of fare in Bunbury town

And then a day out at the races, some pennies that I tossed
Soon relieved me of my remaining dough
So I shouldered my possessions, I whipped the cat a bit
To the bush I stretched, 'twas time to strike a blow
Back across the Preston River, and about a mile beyond
Resting in the shade of Boyle O'Reilly's tree
My mind's eye shaped a picture of him trudging years before
In a way that seemed a parallel with me
Yes, In a way that seemed a parallel with me

Having finished with my dreaming at the junction of the roads
And with thirty mile or more still left to tramp
And past another sunrise to a gully farther on
I've rested in the refuge of my camp
Where I've unwound the stringline, I've turkeyed up my axe
And I hope my daily tallies bring renown
Cooking in the old camp-oven there's a lovely mutton stew
And it beats the bill of fare in Bunbury town
Yes, it beats the bill of fare in Bunbury town

I've been toiling long a steady since the contract started up
When the pass is hard, it doesn't pay to rush
I'll settle up and clean the slate with what I get from it
And I'll satisfy my needs when I am flushed
Yes, I'll satisfy my needs when I am flush

The song is on 'A coastline facing west'. Bob introduces the song in one of the few videos of the Dog available on the Net (there's some competition from sprog noises):

Youtube clip

--Stewie.