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Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)

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A COUNTRY SONG
BLOODY ROTTEN AUDIENCE
BOGLED
DO YOU KNOW ANY BOB DYLAN?
FRONT ROW COWBOY
GLASGOW LULLABY
IF WISHES WERE FISHES
LEAVING NANCY
NO MAN'S LAND
NO MAN'S LAND (3)
NO USE FOR HIM
NOBODY'S MOGGY NOW
NOBODY'S MOGGY'S LAND (No Moggy's Land)
NOW I'M EASY
SAFE IN THE HARBOUR
SILLY SLANG SONG
SOLDIER, SOLDIER
THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA
THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA (2)
THE SONG OF THE WHALE
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS
WILLIE MCBRIDE'S REPLY


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Subject: Missing word: 'Now I'm Easy'
From: Crazy Eddie
Date: 24 Jun 01 - 12:55 AM

Listening to this song on a CD, the first line is
For nearly sixty years I've been a ????????
The word I can't quite get sounds like "Crocky, Crockle, ....Croppy"
Clearly it means some type of farmer.
Any assistance with the word, and with it's more specific meaning (eg stockman, homesteader, squatter etc.) much appreciated. Eddie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Eric Bogle 'Now I'm Ea
From: Amergin
Date: 24 Jun 01 - 12:59 AM

It's in the DT Crazy Eddie....and it is "cocky"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Eric Bogle 'Now I'm Ea
From: jacko@nz
Date: 24 Jun 01 - 01:06 AM

A cocky is a farmer

Eric's one was probably a cow cocky


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Eric Bogle 'Now I'm Ea
From: Crazy Eddie
Date: 24 Jun 01 - 01:38 AM

Thanks guys!
Eddie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Eric Bogle 'Now I'm Ea
From: JenEllen
Date: 24 Jun 01 - 02:02 AM

Cockey. Australian sheep farmer, or so I learned it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Eric Bogle 'Now I'm Ea
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 24 Jun 01 - 03:33 AM

G'day all,

In its original sense, Cocky Farmer was a small farmer, either (according to version) growing or feeding cockies (cockatoos) - not a crop. Today the term can embrace farmers on large holdings - and be a sheep cocky or a cow cocky - but it always has a sense of not being a rich pastoralist. Eric's cocky has always been a battler. Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Eric Bogle 'Now I'm Ea
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 24 Jun 01 - 05:06 AM

Might as well have it from the man himself as well. From the notes to Now I'm Easy in The Eric Bogle Songbook Volume 2 CD:

"A 'cocky' is an Australian term for a farmer who farms land on a small scale and is therefore usually poor and battling to make ends meet. It is derived from the contemptuous term given to to these farmers of "Cockatoo Farmers' by the large rich graziers".

Jon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Eric Bogle 'Now I'm Ea
From: Barry Finn
Date: 28 Jun 01 - 05:03 PM

It's been a long time since I heard Eric in concert, when I heard him sing this he first told the story of how he came to write this. While in a pub (some of his best work seems to come out of pubs) an old fella set at the bar next to him & started to relate his life's story to Eric every so often saying the line or part of the line"it's nearly over now & now I'm easy". As soon as the old fella left Eric says that he grabed something to write with & went out behind the pub to write it all down. He's said that he was practicly handed the song. When I first heard this it was love at first sight, can't remember when I did this last, forgot I even did it up till now, I'm gonna have to pull this back out of the dust bin, thanks, Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 04 May 08 - 06:06 AM

My elder sibling used to do this song.

He'd always sing 'For nearly sixty years I've been a copy!'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)
From: Bugsy
Date: 05 May 08 - 04:57 AM

I've often thought of writing a parody of this song, on the lines of
"For nearly sixty years I've been a Jockey'

But it's all over now Scoby Breazley"


Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)
From: Flash Company
Date: 05 May 08 - 11:01 AM

Bugsy.....I love that idea, get working on it, otherwise I might!

FC

By the by, the Cocky also features in 'The Cocky from Bungaree' which is about the doubtful pleasure of working for one.

Flash


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)
From: Bugsy
Date: 05 May 08 - 06:00 PM

Go for it Flash!

Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)
From: GUEST,Ted From Australia
Date: 08 Mar 15 - 10:10 PM

NOW I'M EASY
(Eric Bogle)

For nearly sixty years I've been a cocky,
Of drought and fires and floods I've lived through plenty;
This country's dust and mud have seen my tears and blood,
But it's nearly over now, now I'm easy.

I married a fine girl when I was twenty,
But she died giving birth when she was thirty;
No flying doctor then, just a gentle old black gin,
But it's nearly over now, now I'm easy.

She left me with two sons and a daughter,
And a bone dry farm whose soil cried out for water;
So my care was rough and ready, but they grew up fine and steady
But it's nearly over now, now I'm easy.

My daughter married young and went her own way,
My sons lie buried by the Burma Railway;
So on this land I've made my own, I've carried on alone,
But it's nearly over now, now I'm easy.

City folks these days despise the cocky.
Say with subsidies and all we've had it easy.
But there's no drought or starving stock
On a sewered suburban plot
But it's nearly over now, now I'm easy.
Yes, it's nearly over now, now I'm easy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 01:02 PM

Thanks, Ted. That's a good song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)
From: Jack Campin
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 02:15 PM

I wonder about the etymology. "Cow-cocky" means a cattle farmer in New Zealand, but NZ doesn't have cockatoos. You also don't get any other kind of "cocky", always cows.

Is there some phrase from the British Isles that could have been an antecedent?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)
From: GUEST,Bill S in Adelaide
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 06:26 PM

Bit of a joke in the common genre, a poor farmer sows a heap of seed and goes to bed. He wakes up in the morning and thinks the seeds have grown into cockatoos as the field is full of them. Hence a cocky farmer is an unsophisticated small farmer.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Mar 15 - 02:30 AM

Australian National Dictionary definition cocky

A farmer. In Australia there are cow cockies, cane cockies and wheat cockies. Cocky arose in the 1840s and is an abbreviation of cockatoo farmer. This was then a disparaging term for small-scale farmers, probably because of their habit of using a small area of land for a short time and then moving on, in the manner of cockatoos feeding.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)
From: breezy
Date: 10 Mar 15 - 04:40 AM

thanks for the later enlightenment Bill an Sandra

My boy is returning from 21 months in OZ.

Hey Bill the fruit pickers get a raw deal in Loxton, !!!Sam got short changed, what does that tell intending packers ?

happy new year


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)
From: GUEST,Bill S in Adelaide
Date: 10 Mar 15 - 08:50 PM

He is lucky there still are fruit picking jobs, the growers are being squeezed by imports especially China which has been sending us a bonus of Hep A in frozen fruit. Bit of an issue at the moment as NZ import fruit from China and process it as produce of NZ!
Not much of a living as a fruit cocky and slim pickings for the pickers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Missing word: Now I'm Easy (Eric Bogle)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Mar 15 - 07:11 AM

without the backpackers the fruit does not get picked ...

so many orchardists have destroyed their trees


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