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Lyr Add: The Bastard from the Bush (trad Australia

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John in Brisbane 20 Nov 01 - 08:56 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BASTARD FROM THE BUSH (trad Australia
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 08:56 PM

It is indeed unfortunate that many people are ignorant of, or do not respect Australia's vast cultural treasury. The following will not help address these perceptions. I will leave it to others to add further historical perspectives of 19th century Sydney or the authorship of this fine example of Australian literature.

THE BASTARD FROM THE BUSH

As the night was slowly falling over city, town and bush,
From a slum in Bludger's Alley slunk the captain of the Push;
And his whistle loud and piercing roused the echoes of The Rocks,
And a dozen ghouls come slouching round the corners of the blocks.

He sharply jerked a finger at a covey on the kerb
Whom he qualified politely with an adjective and verb
'Here's a bugger wants to join us - be a member of the Push.'
'Well, f*** you dead! I'm Foreskin Fred, the bastard from the bush.
I've been in every two-up school from Darwin to the 'Loo;
I've ridden colts and black gins - what more can a bastard do?'

'Are you game to smash a window?' asked the captain of the push.
'I'd knock the f***ing house down,' said the bastard from the bush.
'Would you take a maiden's baby? 'asked the captain of the Push.
'I'd take a baby's maiden,' said the bastard from the bush.

'Would you dong a bloody copper if you caught the c*** alone?
Would you stoush a swell or Chinky? Split his garret with a stone?
Would you knock him down and kick him?' asked the captain of the Push.
'I'd knock him down and f*** him,' said the bastard from the bush.
'And would you have a moll to keep you and swear off work for good?'
The bastard from the bush replied, 'My f***ing oath I would!'

Then the Push-ites all took council, saying, 'f*** me, but he's game!
Let's make him our star basher. He'll live up to his name.'
So they made a full-fledged member of the bastard from the bush,
And accorded him all privileges as a member of the Push.

But soon they found his little ways were more than they could stand
And thus the captain finally addressed his little band :
'Now listen here, you buggers. We've caught a f***ing starter.
At every kind of bludging this bastard is a tartar.
He beats us all at two-up, he robs our f***ing rolls,
He swigs our f***ing liquor, and he roots our f***ing molls.'

So after taking council with the captain of the Push
They laid a dark and dirty ambush for the bastard from the bush,
But against the wall of Riley's pub the bastard made a stand;
A nasty grin was on his dial, a bike chain in his hand.

One by one they flew upon him, but one by one they fell
With crack of bone, unearthly groan, and agonising yell;
Till a sorely battered captain, spitting teeth and gobs of blood
Held an ear all torn and bleeding with a hand bedaubed with mud

'You low polluted bastard!' said the captain of the Push;
Get back to where your sort belongs; that's somewhere up the bush,
And may heaps of black misfortune soon tumble down on you.
May some poxy harlot dose you till your ballocks turn sky blue.

May you take a swig of gin's piss, mistaking it for beer;
May the next Push you impose on kick you out on your f***ing ear;
May pangs of windy spasms throughout your bowels dart;
May you shit your f***ing trousers every time you try to fart;

May itching piles torment you, and corns grow on your feet,
And crabs as big as spiders attack your balls a treat;
And when you're down and outed, a dismal bloody wreck,
May you slip back through your arsehole and break your f***ing neck.

From The Bastard from the Bush, Obscene Songs and Ballads of Australian Origin, Brad Tate, Part 1 of the Brad Tate Collection, p.27.
Australian Folklore - Occasional Paper no. 11
Rams Skull Press, Kuranda, Queensland, Australia, 1982
From a limited edition of 200


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Bastard From The Bush
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 09:47 PM

G'day John,

This thread ... 1 year and 1 week ago ... covers the background: B from the Bush.

Regard(les)s,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Bastard From The Bush
From: Stewie
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 09:55 PM

Hi John,

That is more or less the version I learned decades ago from Barney Foran, erstwhile reciter and lagerphone player for Bloodwood. I recall his being almost run out of Mt Isa when he recited it in a pub. In fact, the handwritten copy that he supplied to me subsequently had inscribed after the final stanza: 'Then run for cover if it is Mt Isa!'.

Barney repeated the 'may' in the final stanza and, having recited it many times, I reckon it is the way to go:

May your itching piles torment you, may corns grow on your feet
May crabs as big as spiders ...

Also: 'May the pangs of windy spasms through your heaving bowels dart'

'Starter' and 'tarter' were swopped in his version and I reckon it makes more sense:

Listen here, you buggers, we've caught a fucking tartar
At every kind of bludging, the bastard is a starter

Another minor variation:

At poker and at two-up, he's shook our bloody rolls
And he supps our fucking liquor and rolls our bloody molls
So down in Jones' Alley the members of the push
Laid a dark and dirty ambush for he Bastard from the Bush

'The Bastard' has on occasion been attributed to Henry Lawson, but no one has produced any evidence as far as I am aware.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Bastard From The Bush
From: Stewie
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 10:00 PM

Thanks for the link, Bob. Our postings must have crossed. Is there any evidence for the good Henry being responsible also for the raunchy version?

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Bastard From The Bush
From: Wotcha
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 11:01 PM

There are many kinds of Bastards in Australia, the best kind is your friend!
The pure useless bluedgeoned bastard has no friends at all but, fortunately, is rare ...
While "that bastard", is indeed a proper bastard, and to be avoided if at all possible.
Use the word if you must, but don't use it about anybody.
Cheers,
Brian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Bastard From The Bush
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 06:48 AM

G'day Stewie,

There is only anecdotal evidence ... the blokes "knew Henry" and/or "where there when he wrote it ..." (John Meredith came across one or two in his 1950s collecting work). There has to be a chance that they are right ... certainly Henry would not have been the first bloke to clean up such a piece for publication - and a quiet chuckle every time it was heard in 'polite' circles.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Bastard From The Bush
From: GUEST,Lyle
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 08:35 PM

These are FANTASTIC guys (mates!) - keep 'em coming!!!

Lyle

BTW, could you sometime when you have a chance put together a list of the books that would have some of these songs and some of their history?? I'd be glad to help the Australian economy a wee bit by sending down for some of them.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Bastard From The Bush
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 09:13 PM

G'day Lyle,

I think the Bush Music Club may have a copy or two of Brad Tate's book ... maybe one or two other in this general area. I will check and get back to you.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Bastard From The Bush
From: Art Thieme
Date: 22 Nov 01 - 12:31 AM

Wondrous insight even deeper into the bush. Thanks so much.

Art


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Bastard from the Bush
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Jun 11 - 08:53 AM

I came across this gem in a book a mate and I found in a newsagency in the 70's called Snatches and Lays. I recall another part that went some something like "Who's this coming down the track, with his prick in his hand and his balls slung over his back? God fuck me dead, its Foreskin Fred, the Bastard from the Bush"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Bastard from the Bush
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 19 Jun 11 - 11:32 PM

G'day GUEST of 19 Jun 11 - 08:53 AM;

Ah yes ... wasn't that Snatches and Lays - Songs Miss Lilywhite Never Taught Us ... ? Quite a good collection, for its day!

There's a lot more published these days, since the cold hand of censorship seems less the approach of our "authorities".

Regard(les)s,

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Bastard from the Bush (trad Australia
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jul 11 - 07:25 AM

Attributed to Kendall, this rollicking good ppem has stood the test of time


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