Demon Drink and Teetotalism view10



Source:
Sung by the Page River Singers
Vol 1 no 3
BAND OF HOPE GAZETTE and GOOD TEMPLARS ADVOCATE
SITE SOURCE: Sydney Folklore – SECTION 9: Demon drink and teetotalism

The Day We Struck Quirindi

Oh, the day we struck Quirindi
It was very wet and windy
And we looked just like three stiffened water rats;
Poor little Tommy Kelly
Wished himself at home id Nelly
And the other Tommy sighed for Doughboy Flats

We had no change of raiment,
And couldn’t get no clothes for payment,
As we started to erect our canvas camp;
But says little Tommy Kelly,
“A good job we ain’t of jelly
or we’d melt like salt or sugar with the damp”’
Just then two bullock teams drew up
(We knew the drivers well)
One was Joey Robbins and the other Tommy Bell
They lent us some dry clothing;
And then we lit a fire
And with junk, tea and damper
Our spirits rose much higher.

(You ought to be crowned poet laureate with a prickly pear and a Bathurst Burr)