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Thread #168402   Message #4070031
Posted By: Stewie
28-Aug-20 - 09:53 PM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Alan Mann used the tune of an old favourite for this one. He noted:

This is the true story of the founding of the town of Menzies in WA's goldfields in 1894. After striking it rich, Leslie Robert Menzies tipped his nuggets on the floor of the Bank of Coolgardie and proceeded to shout the town 4000 pounds worth of champagne. Lonnie Donegan had a great skiffle version of this tune which had previously been covered by Leadbelly and collected by Alan Lomax.

MENZIES' SHOUT (HAVE A DRINK ON ME)
(Alan Mann)

In the eighteen nineties down a dusty road
Came a saddle-bagged miner with a six ton load
Everybody - have a drink on me
He was caked in dust from his foot to his head
But he had a 'gold smile' it had to be said
Hey, hey ev'rybody drink on me

He reined his camels, hitched them to the rail
Shouted to his mates: 'Found the Holy Grail'
Everybody - have a drink on me
He staggered to the bank, tipped nuggets on the floor
'I've pegged out ground, there's a whole heap more'
Hey, hey ev'rybody drink on me

Chorus:
Have a drink, have a drink, have a drink on me
Ev'rybody have a drink on me
Hey, hey ev'rybody drink on me
Have a drink, have a drink, have a drink on me
Hey, hey ev'rybody drink on me

There's trouble in store at the Old Camp Saloon
It being quite early - not yet noon
Everybody have a drink on me
'First things first, a day of champagne
Settle in boys for a long campaign'
Hey, hey ev'rybody drink on me

Well I've been to Hannans and to Kununulling
Toasted success - this time we're skulling
Everybody have a drink on me
This new show, a hundred miles from here
Has beaten all the rest for all of last year
Hey, hey ev'rybody drink on me

I went to the Barossaa to float another mine
The gold was scarce, but the red was fine
Everybody have a drink on me
Seems like the gold and my luck have run out
But I remember the day it was my turn to shout

Youtube clip

--Stewie.