A Wood Chipping we Go

It’s early a.m. as we arrive on site, we’re the wood-chippin’ crew

We’re mostly a rugged mob, but for some of us, retirement is well overdue

We all gather ‘round for a yarn, have a scratch and a bit of a chat

Then it’s down to business; out come the ear-muffs, on goes the ol ’ crash-hat
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A Job Well Done

As we face yet another day at dawn

We drag on the old boots, half awake, half at yawn

A short trip later, at the dreaded place

We’re greeted by mostly a familiar face
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Aussie Back Yard

G’day, we’re Aussies, you’ve heard of us before

So why not make Australia yours to explore ?

Now let me tell you, just what we’ve got on show

Desert to rainforest, lakes and mountains of snow
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Aussie Slang

Before we start so there’s no doubt, be sure ta’ get a good pozzie’

‘Cause the language I speak is only one, that’s plain ol ’ Aussie

Now let me’ explain to ya’, this thing called “Aussie-slang”

Some say it sounds unusual; that’s called an “Aussie-twang”
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Baby Boy

It’s been nine months of careful planning, waiting for this very day

For soon our baby son, will be on his very way

There’s hours of tears, pain and strain, the mood is quite intense

But soon we all bare witness, as his life’s journey will commence
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Baby Girl

It’s been nine months of careful planning, waiting for this very day

For soon our baby daughter, will be on her very way

There’s hours of tears, pain and strain, the mood is quite intense

But soon we all bare witness, as her life’s journey will commence
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Back-Yard Barbie

Well it’s mid-summer, and the stage is set

It’s Sunday arvo’, maybe the hottest day yet

We’re gonna’ have a “Barbie”, with all the ol ’work crew

Over six months since the last, I reckon it’s well overdue
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Bush Night Out

All the yakka is done; I’m knockin’ off for the day

I’ll throw on some fresh clobber, and then head out to play

About an hours drive, I find a park at me’ favourite local

As I climb outta’ me’ ute, the crowd’s already a bit vocal
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It was way back in the 1954’s

When we first heard of this little villain, Peter Dawes

Although rarely seen among the Sunday parishioners

Pete was a farmer’s lad from Commissioners

Every morning and arvo, he would tend to his farmyard chores
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Dream Machine

Soon we’ll be havin’ a party,’ cause today it’s me’ birthday

All the mates will be around, we’re sure to playup in a big way

Up goes the rolla-door, I’m out the back in me’ shed

Suddenly I stare amongst the junk , I must’ve bumped me’ head
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Fishin’ Mad

For days now I’ve been hearin’, about all the fish they’ve been baggin’

It’s the same ol ’ story, the less they caught, the more they’re braggin’

Soon we’re windin’ through the scrub, towards our favourite water-hole

A great day and just how we like it, not another livin’- soul
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Gettin’ Used To Me’ Dentist

The date is set, a Dentist I must see

Although it seems I must, another place I’d rather be

The fateful day is here, in the hall I wait me’ turn

But as the last victim’s out, the ol ’ gut begins to churn
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Goin’ Shoppin

The ol ’ pantry’s empty, it’s time to get some tucker

With the other-half not home yet, looks like I’m the sucker

A quick check in the fridge, and I’m off to me’ local town

As I arrive at the joint,I can feel me’ forehead start to frown
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Gone Bananas

It’s been another hard day earning, it seems for very little gain

For today we’ve been humpin’ bananas, in the mud, slush and rain

Our clothes are old and worn, with unusual patterns from the sap

Some are a sight to see, with the homemade patches that overlap
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Grease Monkey

Those mechanic types are an unusual breed, cut from a mould unlike the others

Some are smart and well groomed, some an embarrassment to their mothers

They don’t greet each other with all that gabble about the daily weather

It’s more about their flash-buggies of chrome, cubes and seats of leather
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Hi’-way Haulin

It’s about five a.m., just before the break of dawn

I crawl outta’ the bunk , a bit of a stretch and half a yawn

I grab me’ bag ‘n’ towel, then I wander off to the showers

A bitta’ tucker with me’ mates; then check the log to tally me’ hours
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Joined At The Souls

As I look back once more to that day of good-bye

A pain cuts me deep, as the tears well in my eye

We were both dealt a hand which was never a fair deal

With despair deeply etched, the wounds will never heal
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Kickin’ Up A Storm

There’s an unnerving calm, as we wander outside into the early morn’

There’s not a soul around, it appears the world has gone

For the clouds have descended to form an eerie-mist

As if we’re under the spell of a giant-hypnotist
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Loss Of Life

As the night falls, once again I’m alone

There’s a cold wind that chills to the bone

My world around closes in, oh so very small

Flowers, a bottle, trolleys clanging in the hall
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Mowin’ Mad

Well it’s mid-mornin’ sund’y, as I syke me’self for the chore ahead

It’s the one that anyone semi-normal, would simply dread

I know it’s time to mow, ‘cause the kids are gettin’ harda’ ta’ find

But to succeed at this conquest, I must be in the right frame of mind
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Need For Speed

Well it’s upon us once more, the race we’ve been talking about

When rev-heads from all ‘round, bring their flash-buggies out

It’s a spectacular event, showing off the cars in all their glory

From sports to classic open-wheelers with their own little story
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Not So Bad

After weeks of bein’ crook and feelin’ down

Here I am at hospital, in me’ slippers and gown

There’s that clinical - smell and hallways of polished floors

There are rows of beds in rooms that don’t have any doors
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Old Blue

It’s almost forty years ago

When set upon us was this bloke called Dicko

For those of us who can remember way back

We see the fiery red top, long - coat and boots all black
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Outback Campin

An early morning rise, as everybody’s keen

A quick scoff of burnt toast and a cup of forty-beans

We’re in the fourbie, three wide, two deep and the foot goes down

‘cause it’s campin’ on our minds and we’re leavin’ town
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Ridin Time

As I arrive at the Rodeo ground in me’ old trusty Ute

I soon find a park in the dust behind number one chute

I’m all pumped up as I check out the scene

It’s a sight to see, the big hats, long boots and spray-on jeans
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Ringy The Possum

There was a little possum who lived high in a tree

She had little brothers and a sister; one, two and three

The little possum’s name was “ Ringy”

She lived in a big tree with bark all stringy
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Roamin’ ‘Round

The day’s toilin’ has been hard, hot and dusty

Me’ hide’s burnt, throat’s dry and me’ face all crusty

After twelve hours in the saddle on this drovin’ track

I’ve got corns on me’ hands and an ache in me’ back
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Rugged n Ready ( Female Version )

Well it’s just another arvo’, as we wander into the shed

Seeking a normal mechanic, look what we find instead

She has those rugged features we easily identify

Little kids and elderly, she would surely terrify
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Rugged n Ready ( Male Version )

Well it’s just another arvo’, as we wander into the shed

Seeking a normal mechanic, look what we find instead

He has those rugged features, we easily identify

Little kids and the elderly, he would surely terrify
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The Bushie

We’re in the dust and heat and outback bound

‘cause we know that’s where the “Bushie” is mostly found

You can find ‘em milkin’, ploughin’, fencin’, or just feedin’ the chooks

They’re from great stock, mostly farmers, stockhands, truckies, or drovers cooks
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We gather here today as we join these two as one

We stand proud beside our Daughter to welcome our new Son

He doesn’t own a private Island, a pub or shipping fleet

His edges may be pretty rough, but Daughter thinks he’s sweet
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The Bridge Gang Boys

For most of us the day starts like any other

With a gentle prod from our spouse or a lover

But for the bridge gang boys, there’s another stage

To raise them from slumber, requires a rattle of the cage
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The Timber Cutter

As the chainsaw finally stops hummin

I breathe a sigh as I hear the big cummins

For it’s been another hard day’s slog

Blood, sweat and tears for just a few logs
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To Be A Boatie

A dream quite often spoken about

Is to be afloat a yacht, cruiser or runabout

To hear the hush on a moonlight night

Disturbed only by the flicker of those distant lights
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Traffic Controller

It’s not a bad lookin’ day outside, and it starts off sorta’ normal

The kids are bitchin’, and the “other-half’s” a bit hormonal

I scoff down a bitta’ brecky, then it’s a shave and a showerin’

Been up all night, ‘cause the mob next door’s been rowin’
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Treasured Times

I was there through your pain

I was there through mud and rain

I was there when you’d smile again

I was there when you struggled at a crawl
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Watercart Bill

A tribute to our mate watercart Bill

He’s the one, not even a death adder could kill

A clement lad, he is one of many

But the likeness to Ned Kelly, just uncanny
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We Took A Wrong Turn

It’s not that long ago, that life for us was good

People all ages, treated others the way they should

To leave your car unlocked was the norm’

Do that now and you’ll soon find it gone
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What A Crew

It’s another day for another dollar, as I arrive at the main gate

I drag out the ol ’tucker-box and water bottle, and then I hesitate

As I begin to reflect upon the years now past; have I been a fool ?

Would I be successful now, if I’d studied more at school ?
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What To See At Sea

The sea is calm, there’s a breeze, although very slight

A great expanse of water, from here to way out of sight

People in many bright colours, they gather on the dock

They push, shove and jostle, just like a big seagull-flock
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Who’s Cheatin’?

I remember way back to me’ teens, when I was just so cool

As I was spendin’ most of me’ arvo’s, just actin’ the fool

Flash cars and loud music, hangin’ out with me’ mates

‘Til I found me’ sweetheart and was goin’ out on dates
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Why I’m Off The Grog For Good

It all started way back over thirty years or more

I thought it was the lady folk I should explore

The night I remember, was on the grog at a country ball

Next day ta’ wake in horror, hangin’ on the hay-shed wall
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