JIM FRY


JIM FRY

Gosford
Recorded 1973

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Jim said the following “piece of poetry’ was tacked to a tree after a bushman had removed an axe left sticking in a tree at Wyoming, near Gosford. It was an unwritten law of timber workers that an axe placed in a tree was never to be touched. In this case it was stolen and resulted in this curse.

Timber Curse

Go chew your cud, you lump of mud,
And all things that are slimy,
Your heart is black as the walls of hell,
And a thousand times more grimy.

Nonsense poetry and songs were part of popular entertainment in the pioneering days and this poem is typical of the genre.

 

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