Who Owns What

Iron Road


When the workmen own our workshops
And the railwaymen the rails
And the grocery assistants own the groceries
And the postmen own the mails;

When the preachers own the pulpits
And the cahiers own the shops
And the coal-miners own the coal-mines
And the goals are owned by cops

When the conductors own our tram-cars
And each driver owns a bus
Will you ask the rest of the people
What the hell happens to us?

(From Vic’s Book of Jokes, Recitations, Clever sayings.
First edition. April/July 1928 Published Melbourne. Vic James)