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AUSTRALIAN SONGS

The Beautiful Land of Australia

traditional Australian song
composer unknown

Sad tale of an emigrant who dreams of a comfortable and prosperous life in Australia. His experience is far different.

What the words mean

  • ourang-outang ~ an ape that inhabits Borneo and Sumatra. An ourang-outang resembles a man from a distance.
     
    So the song is basically saying to become an ape, go to the bush of Australia.


Ourang-outang
NOT an Australian animal

All you on emigration bent,
With home and England discontent,
Come, listen to my sad lament,
   All about the bush of Australia.
I once possessed a thousand pounds.
Thinks I — how very grand it sounds
For a man to be farming his own grounds
   In the beautiful land of Australia.

     Illawarra, Mittagong,
     Parramatta, Wollongong.
If you wish to become an ourang-outang,
Then go to the bush of Australia.

Upon the voyage the ship was lost.
In wretched plight I reached the coast,
And was very nigh being made a roast,
   By the savages of Australia.
And in the bush I lighted on
A fierce bushranger with his gun,
Who borrowed my garments, every one,
   For himself in the bush of Australia.

     Illawarra, Mittagong,
     Parramatta, Wollongong.
If you wish to become an ourang-outang,
Then go to the bush of Australia.

Sydney town I reached at last,
And now, thinks I, all danger’s past,
And I shall make my fortune fast
   In this promising land of Australia.
I quickly went with cash in hand,
Upon the map I chose my land.
When I got there ’twas barren sand
   In the beautiful land of Australia.

     Illawarra, Mittagong,
     Parramatta, Wollongong-
If you wish to become an ourang-outang,
Then go to the bush of Australia.

Of sheep I got a famous lot.
Some died of hunger, some of rot,
For the devil a drop of rain they got,
   In this flourishing land of Australia.
My convict men were always drunk,
They kept me in a constant funk.
Says I to myself, as to bed I slunk,
   How I wish I was out of Australia!

     Booligal, Gobarralong,
     Emu Flat and Jugiong.
If you wish to become an ourang-outang,
Then go to the bush of Australia.

Of ills, enough I’ve had you’ll own.
And then at last, my woes to crown,
One night my log house was blown down
   That settled us all in Australia
And now of home and all bereft,
The horrid spot I quickly left,
Making it over by deed of gift
   To the savages of Australia.

     Booligal, Gobarralong,
     Emu Flat and Jugiong.
If you wish to become an ourang-outang,
Then go to the bush of Australia

I gladly worked my passage home,
And now to England back I’ve come,
Determined never more to roam,
   At least, to the bush of Australia.
And stones upon the road I’ll break,
And earn my seven bob a week,
Which is surely better than the freak
   Of settling down in Australia.

     Currabubula, Bogolong,
     Ulladulla, Gerringong.
If you wouldn’t become an ourang-outang,
Don’t go to the bush of Australia.

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