Demon Drink and Teetotalism view4

Jan 21st 1868
Air: Pretty Polly Perkins
SITE SOURCE: Sydney Folklore – SECTION 9: Demon drink and teetotalism


I’m a broke down bushman, and sadly afraid
That soon of tis child a wind-up will be made;
For I’ve been basely jilted by Susan Scraggs, who
Is barmaid to a pub-li-can at Woolloomooloo.

She was such a screamer, you’ll see fairer few
Than pretty little Susan of Woolloomooloo.

When I drove me conveyance from out Wynyard-square,
At the corner my Susan was sure to be there;
And often she’d bring an acquaintance or two
To have a ride gratis to Woolloomooloo.

When I asked her to wed me, she said, “You be blowd,
There’s another chap driving upon this ere road;
He’s got lots of money, could buy and sell you,
And we’re going to be mar-ri-ed at Woolloomooloo.

Since she has been wed I have gone quite to grief
At the soup-kitchen now I apply for relief;
My licence is cancelled, they wouldn’t renew,
All through pretty Susan of Woolloomooloo.