Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wise Dog on the Tuckerbox.

This is the dog on the tuckerbox from the Jack O'Hagen song
"On the road to Gundagai".
A statue was erected to commemorate this song, it was unveiled by the then Prime Minister, Joe Lyons, in 1932.

This poem by an anonymous author was probably written around 1980.

Wise Dog OnThe Tuckerbox

The dog sits on the tuckerbox
He’s gettin’ pretty mad
“The country’s gone to OTHER dogs
It’s gettin’ flamin’ bad!
They’re sellin’ out
It makes you wonder why,
The tuckerbox is foreign-owned”
Said the dog from Gundagai

“They’re sellin’ farms and factories,
A million out of work,
From Sydney-town to
And way out back o’ Bourke!
It’s time that true-blue Aussies,
And that means you and I,
Stand up and guard the tuckerbox”
Said the dog from Gundagai

“In ten years time, what happens,
Who’ll own those jolly jumbucks?
If we don’t make a stand
Across our native land,
Who’ll run our mines and factories?
Who’ll pay our kids the dole?
Which bank will own your mortgage?
Who’ll own you, heart and soul?

Who’ll pay your flamin’ wages?
Who’ll make you pay the rent?
Who’ll tell your kids what happened?
And where your freedom went.”
“Or can that digger spirit,
A bit of do-or-die
Get back that flamin’ tuckerbox”
Asks the dog from Gundagai


1 comment:

Annie said...

Fan tas tic!!!