LAND ARMY ~ TAKE A BOW


JEAN SCOTT

Hurstville, NSW, 1995
Written by Loma Moore. Published in Australian Women’s Digest, 1943
Tune: The Girl I Left Behind
SITE SOURCE: Folklore Unit – People

 

LAND ARMY ~ TAKE A BOW

 

They left the vine-wreathed cottage and the mansion on the hill,
The bright lights and the dances where their feet were never still,
The offices and factories, the friends that they loved best,
Then the women of the Land Army went North, South, East and West.
You find them in the dairies, where they learned to milk the cows,
And how to manage horses and manipulate the ploughs;

They ride upon the Harvesters, know how to reap and bind,
Thus, soldier’s jobs are carried on by the girls they left behind.
They start off in the morning and they muster up the herd,
They feed the chooks and gather eggs from each obliging bird,
(How all the farmers in the land rose up and cheered with zest,
When women of the Land Army went North, South, East and West.)

They bottle-feed the orphan lambs, and tend the garden plot;
They work in stormy weather and they work when it is hot.
They tilt their hats back on their heads, and heave a mighty sigh,
Then totter off with tucker to the piggies in the sty!

Let’s put it on the records how they fumed to with a will,
To do a job with little pay and mighty little thrill.

But still they do their duty. Yes, the day was surely blest,
When the women of the Land Army went North, South, East and West.

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