Labour History & Unionism It’s a Long Way Down the Soup-Line



source:
c. 1930
collected from swagman Jack Pobar of Toowoomba

music by Joe Salter
Tune: It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

SITE SOURCE: Labour History

It’s a Long Way Down the Soup-Line

Bill Brown was just a working man like others of his kind.
He lost his job and tramped the streets when work was hard to find.
The landlord put him on the stem, the bankers kept his dough,
And Bill heard everybody sing, no matter where he’d go:

Chorus:
It’s a long way down the soup-line,
It’s a long way to go.
It’s a long way down the soup-line,
And the soup is thin 1 know.
Goodbye, good old pork chops,
Farewell, beefsteak rare;
It’s a long way down the soup-line,
But my soup is there.

So Bill and millions of others responded to the call,
To force the hours of labour down and then make jobs for all.
They picketed the industries and won the four-hour day,
And organised a general strike so men don’t have to say:

The workers own the factories now, where jobs were once destroyed
By big machines that filled the world with hungry unemployed.
They all own homes, they’re living well, they’re happy, free and strong,
But millionaires wear overalls and sing this little song: