First published Al-Moharer 6/12/2006
also on the same day in Union Songs
also published in The Woodstock Journal CMFEU Tasmania Vol. 39 Dec 2006
also published in The Word Feb/March 2007 Issue 28
Once a jolly jumbuck camped by a billabong
under the shade of a swaggie it seems
and he sang and he watched while Conzinc mined uranium
“Who’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me”.
Down came a miner to poison the waterhole
up jumped John Howard and embraced him with glee
and he sang as he stuffed the profits in his money bag
“You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me”.
Up rode the Greens a-riding on a fountainhead
up rode the Democrats, the ALP.
“Where’s the grubby yellowcake you’ve got in your money bag
We’ll not go a waltzing Matilda with thee”.
Howard and the miner weighed down by uranium
both drowned themselves by the Coolabah tree
and their ghosts may be heard as they greet the God of Capital
“Please come a waltzing Matilda with me”.
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