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    Default Wattle Day, 12st day of spring down under

    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.

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    Default Re: Wattle Day, 12st day of spring down under

    "I can't find a sound file I can access"
    Thank God for small miracles!

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    Default Re: Wattle Day, 12st day of spring down under

    "This is the wattle, the symbol of our land. You can put it in a bottle, or hold it in your hand!"

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    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!

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    Default Re: Wattle Day, 12st day of spring down under

    "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
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    Default Re: Wattle Day, 12st day of spring down under

    What is a wattle and and what language is the song in?
    An' Freedom's humping bluey

    WTF does that even mean?


    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    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!
    Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
    TOM ROBBINS, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues



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    Default Re: Wattle Day, 12st day of spring down under

    Good one Skuthorp...fair makes me want to get out there and plant a bloody flag in me front lawn it does
    I like Lawson's work.
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    Default Re: Wattle Day, 12st day of spring down under

    Turkeys have got to be one of the ugliest birds I have seen.
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    Default Re: Wattle Day, 12st day of spring down under

    Quote Originally Posted by Donn View Post
    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.


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