Four Little Johnny Cakes


CLASSIC BUSH VERSE – FREEDOM ON THE WALLABY

Four Little Johnny Cakes

ANON.

A ‘Johnny Cake’ is a small damper made with flour, water, salt, a pinch of baking powder (the bush cooks used to call it ‘gunpowder’) and brown sugar and currants. The standard joke was that you could use flies if currants weren’t available – no one could tell the difference once they were cooked! A ‘moke’ is slang for horse.

Hurrah for the Lachlan, boys, and join me in a cheer
That’s the place to go to make an easy cheque each year
With a toad-skin in my pocket I borrowed from a friend
Oh, isn’t it nice and cosy to be camping in the bend?

ch: With my little round flour-bag sitting on a stump
My little tea-and-sugar bag looking nice and plump
A little fat cod-fish just off the hook
And four little johnny-cakes, a credit to the cook

I’ve a loaf or two of bread and some “murphies” that I shook
Perhaps a loaf of brownie that I snaffled from a cook
A nice leg of mutton … just a bit cut off the end
Oh, isn’t it nice and jolly to be whaling in the bend?

I have a little book and some papers for to read
Plenty of matches and a good supply of weed
I wouldn’t be a squatter as beside my fire I sit
With a paper in my hand and my old clay lit

When shearing-time comes, I’m in all my glory then
I saddle up my moke and I soon secure a pen
I canter through the valley and gallop o’er the plain
I shoot a turkey, stick a pig, and off to camp again

Last Chorus
With my little round flour-bag sitting on a stump
My little tea-and-sugar bag looking nice and plump
A little fat cod-fish just off the hook
And four little johnny-cakes, I’m proud to be the cook!