Broken Hill


Packer the Scab


(Tune: Only a Button Between You and Disgrace)


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Below is an example of a popular song being used as a strike
song. By coincidence the scab had the same surname—Bailey. No
doubt the use of such a well-known popular song aimed at a
well-known local scab would have proved to be a very powerful
combination and additional verses would have been unnecessary.




(Tune: Casey Jones)


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This song is related to the IWW song composed by Joe Hill but, of course, it has
been localised. I assume that ‘Blue Whiskers’ was so nicknamed because he had
red hair. The song is anonymous and was collected in Broken Hill in 1974 from
a manuscript. It was common to refer to scabs as having ‘legs upon their chests’
as in parasites such as fleas or lice.

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