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Oh for Me Grog (2) cho: Oh for me grog my jolly jolly grog Oh for me beer and tobacco Well I spent all my tin in a shanty drinking gin Now across the Western Plain I must wander I'm stiff stoney broke and I've parted with me moke And the sky is looking black as flaming thunder And the shanty boss is too for I haven't got a sou That's the way you're treated when you're down and under Well I'm crook in the head for I haven't been to bed Since first I touched this shanty with my plunder I see centipedes and snakes, and I'm full of pains and aches So I'd better make a push out over yonder I'll take that Old Man Plain and I'll cross it once again Until me eyes the track no longer see boys And my beer and whisky brain looks for sleep but all in vain And I feel as if I had the Darling Pea boys So hang that blasted grog, that hocussed shanty grog And the beer that's loaded with tobacco Grafting humour I am in and I'll stick the peg right in And I'll settle down once more for some hard yakka First printed in the Bulletin in May 1916. Reworked from a sailor's song 'Noggin Boots' or 'Across the Western Ocean' This version from the singing of A.L.Lloyd who writes "Sung straight the song never seemed to me wildly exiting, but once I heard a drunken shearer named White sing it on a station near Bethungra NSW, in a way that would make the hair stand on end." MG MG oct96 apr96
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