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AUSTRALIAN SONGS

Colonial Experience

traditional Australian song
composer unknown

Sung to the tune
So Early in the Morning.

When first I came to Sydney Cove
And up and down the streets did rove,
I thought such sights I neíer did see
Since first I learnt my A, B, C.

Oh! itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling in the morning,
Itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling all day long.

Into the park I took a stroll ó
I felt just like a buttered roll.
A pretty name ďThe Sunny South!Ē
A better one ďThe Land of Drouth!Ē

Oh! itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling in the morning,
Itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling all day long.

Next day into the bush I went,
On wild adventure I was bent,
Dame Natureís wonders Iíd explore,
All thought of danger would ignore.

Oh! itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling in the morning,
Itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling all day long.

The mosquitoes and bull-dog ants
Assailed me even through my pants.
It nearly took my breath away
To hear the jackass laugh so gay!

Oh! itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling in the morning,
Itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling all day long.

This lovely country, Iíve been told,
Abounds in silver and in gold.
You may pick it up all day,
Just as leaves in autumn lay!

Oh! itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling in the morning,
Itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling all day long.

Marines will chance this yarn believe,
But bluejackets you canít deceive.
Such pretty stories will not fit,
Nor can I their truth admit.

Oh! itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling in the morning,
Itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling all day long.

Some say thereís lots of work to do.
Well, yes, but then, ítwixt me and you,
A man may toil and broil all day ó
The big, fat man gets all the pay.

Oh! itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling in the morning,
Itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling all day long.

Mayhap such good things there may be,
But you may have them all, for me,
Instead of roaming foreign parts
I wish Iíd studied the Fine Arts!

Oh! itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling in the morning,
Itís broiling in the morning,
Itís toiling all day long.

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