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skuthorp
08-30-2009, 10:38 PM
Tomorrow, 1 September, is Wattle Day, a somewhat neglected celebration of Aussie Spring time. The wattles have been out for aonth of course alreaady.
http://wattleday.asn.au/about-wattle-day-1There is a song I learnt at primary school by May Witty, but I can't find a sound file I can access.

Glen Longino
08-30-2009, 10:46 PM
"I can't find a sound file I can access"
Thank God for small miracles!:D

Mrleft8
08-31-2009, 08:31 AM
"This is the wattle, the symbol of our land. You can put it in a bottle, or hold it in your hand!"

skuthorp
08-31-2009, 08:54 AM
But can you remember the song mate? Personally I prefer Lawson's take:

Freedom on the Wallaby
by Henry Lawson, 1891, during the great Shearer's Strike of 1891 which led to the formation of the ALP under the tree of knowledge in Barcaldine
Australia's a big country
An' Freedom's humping bluey,
An' Freedom's on the wallaby
Oh! don't you hear 'er cooey?
She's just begun to boomerang,
She'll knock the tyrants silly,
She's goin' to light another fire
And boil another billy.
Our fathers toiled for bitter bread
While loafers thrived beside 'em,
But food to eat and clothes to wear,
Their native land denied 'em.
An' so they left their native land
In spite of their devotion,
An' so they came, or if they stole,
Were sent across the ocean.
Then Freedom couldn't stand the glare
O' Royalty's regalia,
She left the loafers where they were,
An' came out to Australia.
But now across the mighty main
The chains have come ter bind her
She little thought to see again
The wrongs she left behind her.
Our parents toil'd to make a home
Hard grubbin 'twas an' clearin'
They wasn't crowded much with lords
When they was pioneering.
But now that we have made the land
A garden full of promise,
Old Greed must crook 'is dirty hand
And come ter take it from us.
So we must fly a rebel flag,
As others did before us,
And we must sing a rebel song
And join in rebel chorus.
We'll make the tyrants feel the sting
O' those that they would throttle;
They needn't say the fault is ours
If blood should stain the wattle!

WX
08-31-2009, 05:26 PM
"This is the wattle, the symbol of our land. You can put it in a bottle, or hold it in your hand!"

Actually it's, "This is the wattle, the symbol of our land. you can hold it in your hand, or you can put it in a bottle, !"
Rhymes better that way :D

switters
08-31-2009, 05:32 PM
What is a wattle and and what language is the song in?
An' Freedom's humping bluey

WTF does that even mean?



But can you remember the song mate? Personally I prefer Lawson's take:

Freedom on the Wallaby
by Henry Lawson, 1891, during the great Shearer's Strike of 1891 which led to the formation of the ALP under the tree of knowledge in Barcaldine
Australia's a big country
An' Freedom's humping bluey,
An' Freedom's on the wallaby
Oh! don't you hear 'er cooey?
She's just begun to boomerang,
She'll knock the tyrants silly,
She's goin' to light another fire
And boil another billy.
Our fathers toiled for bitter bread
While loafers thrived beside 'em,
But food to eat and clothes to wear,
Their native land denied 'em.
An' so they left their native land
In spite of their devotion,
An' so they came, or if they stole,
Were sent across the ocean.
Then Freedom couldn't stand the glare
O' Royalty's regalia,
She left the loafers where they were,
An' came out to Australia.
But now across the mighty main
The chains have come ter bind her
She little thought to see again
The wrongs she left behind her.
Our parents toil'd to make a home
Hard grubbin 'twas an' clearin'
They wasn't crowded much with lords
When they was pioneering.
But now that we have made the land
A garden full of promise,
Old Greed must crook 'is dirty hand
And come ter take it from us.
So we must fly a rebel flag,
As others did before us,
And we must sing a rebel song
And join in rebel chorus.
We'll make the tyrants feel the sting
O' those that they would throttle;
They needn't say the fault is ours
If blood should stain the wattle!

WX
08-31-2009, 06:03 PM
Good one Skuthorp...fair makes me want to get out there and plant a bloody flag in me front lawn it does :D
I like Lawson's work.

WX
08-31-2009, 06:11 PM
Turkeys have got to be one of the ugliest birds I have seen.

oznabrag
08-31-2009, 08:30 PM
It's the wattle. Other than that, they've attractive birds...and tasty!

As to birds, the older I get the more important is tasty over attractive.

;)