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Source: Australian Melodist Songster



ACT ON THE SQUARE, BOYS

Thro\' being fond of acting right,
Straightforward, just and fair,
I try to make my troubles light,
And little do I care;
As happy as a king I live,
On just what I can spare,
This hint, act on the square.

CHORUS
Act on the square, boys, act on the square,
Upright and fair, boys, act on the square,
Act on the square, boys, act on the square,
Upright and fair, boys, act on the square,

Now, in the street a thing so bad,
Which often is the case,
A swellfish foolish looking lad
Some modest girl will chase;
Then square you round, and let him see
If he annoyance dares,
You\'ll give him striking proof to show
How to act on the square.

When out one night with noisy swells,
The Haymarket kept alive,
One Sergeant X with oyster shells
To pelt they did contrive,
They nearly got into disgrace,
But squaring served them there;
And brightly shone the bobby\'s face,
Who liked to see things square.

I never liked a round game, nay,
Round tables can\'t a-bear;
And in a circus I can\'t stay,
So I live in a square.
Now, brothers all, and masons too,
Of good let\'s do our share;
And when a chance presents itself,
We must act on the square.


SITE SOURCE: Sydney Folklore Project - Section 14: CITY LIFE

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