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source: Australian Melodist Songster
Written by Marcus Clarke, Esq.
Air: Moet & Chandon

SITE SOURCE: GOLD, EMIGRATION AND FREE SELECTION


SPECULATION

For shares and scrip all day I seek.
And speculation is my name,
From Ballarat to Pleasant Creek,
From Pleasant Creek to Castlemaine!
Never care I if my friends look blue.
I.O.U.! I.O.U.!
Calling me swindle and diddle and do –
I.O.U.! I.O.U.!

Chorus
Speculation is my name,
Speculating my little game;
Honesty dies, let virtue flee,
Speculation’s the thing for me.

The slow old time has passed away,
When the motto was ‘slow and sure,’
Nothing now but ‘specs’ will pay;
Today we’re wealthy – tomorrow poor.
Never care I if my victims sue,
I.O.U.! I.O.U.!
For the Insolvent Court I go through!
I.O.U. I.O.U. !!