Wallaby Stew Poor Dad he got five years or more as everybody knows And now he lives in Maitland Jail with broad arrows on his clothes He branded all of Brown's clean skins and never left a tail So I'll relate the family's woes since Dad got put in jail cho: So stir the wallaby stew Make soup of the kangaroo tail I tell you things is pretty tough Since Dad got put in jail Our sheep were dead a month ago not rot but blooming fluke Our cow was boozed last Christmas Day by my big brother Luke And Mother has a shearer cove for ever within hail The family will have grown a bit since Dad got put in jail Our Bess got shook upon a bloke he's gone we don't know where He used to act around the shed but he aint acted square I've sold the buggy on my own the place is up for sale That wont be all that isn't junked when Dad comes out of jail They let Dad out before his time to give us a surprise He came and slowly looked around and gently blessed our eyes He shook hands with the shearer cove and said he thought things stale So he left him here to shepherd us and battled back to jail First published in the Bulletin in 1897. Written by Cecil Poole, original title 'When Dad Comes Out of Gaol'. Printed in Stewart and Keesing Old Bush Songs From Dr Percy Jones' collection with this note "Sung sixty years ago by a Mr Hulbert. Mrs E. Joan Bowran, Tallangatta" This tune from the singing of A.L.Lloyd who heard it while workingon the Lachlan around 1930. Lloyd writes: "The tune is widely known among seamen to the words of "According to the Act". MG Oct00
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