The Maid of Australia One day as I walked by them Oxborough Banks Where the maids of Australia they play their wild pranks, Down by a green bush I sat down to read While the birds they sang sweetly in the bushes and trees In the forests of happy Australia, In the forests of happy Australia, Where the maidens are handsome and gay. And as I sat viewing this beautiful scene All the birds they sang sweetly and the trees they were green, A pretty fair damsel before me appeared To the banks of the river she swiftly drew near This daughter of happy Australia, This daughter of happy Australia, Where the maidens are handsome and gay. Well she stripped stark naked, before me she stood Just as naked as Venus that rose from the flood, She blushed with confusion and smiling said she, "These are the clothing that nature gave me On the day I was born in Australia." On the day I was born in Australia, Where the maidens are handsome and gay Well she plunged in the stream without fear or dread, Her delicate limbs she extended and spread, Her hair hung in ringlets her colour was black, "Sir, you shall see how I float on me back In the streams of me native Australia." In the streams of me happy Australia, Where the maidens are handsome and gay. But growing tired of swimming she drew to the brink, "Oh assistance kind sir, I'm afraid I shall sink." I flew to her aid and took hold of her hand, Her feet they did slip she fell back on the sand, And I entered the bush of Australia, And I entered the bush of Australia, Where the maidens are handsome and gay. We kissed and we cuddled in the highest of glee, The fairest Australia me eyes they did see, Long time on her bosom me head I did hide, 'Til the sun in the West it began to decline, Then I left this fair maid of Australia, Then I left this fair maid of Australia, Just as the sun went down. As sung by Martyn Wyndham-Reed PM APR99
Thanks to Mudcat for the Digital Tradition!