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Indicating Rock Come all you jolly diggers And hardy sons of toil Who have come to dig on Fiery Creek And tried to make a pile You labour just as constant As the pendulum of a clock And you pay such great attention To the indicating rock The expert has been to see us But he's done but little good For he said we hadn't got the reef And knew we never should But his scientific theory Has received a gentle knock Since he gave us his opinion On the indicating rock For at eighty feet we've struck it And it's nearly two feet wide And the lucky finder lit his pipe And viewed the reef with pride He could see the gold as plainly As the hands upon a clock And he blessed the day he sunk upon The indicating rock Collected from Mrs G. L. Ginns, of Merrylands, New South Wales, who writes: "My father, Robert Stewart, was born in 1838 at the Five Islands; spent the early part of his life droving, horse-breaking, shearing and gold digging. My earliest recollections are of him singing the songs he had composed fifty or sixty years before." It seems to fit the tune 'Old Bark Hut' closely enough. MG MG apr96
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