Waltzing Wharfie


Waltzing Matilda - 1998 (rev.)
This version was written for the 1998 Australian dockers lockout, sung to the tune of Waltzing Matilda
 
Once a happy tradesman
Worked by the waterside
Under the shadow of a loading gantry
And he sang as he worked
And laboured by the waterside
You'll come a waltzing matilda with me
CHORUS
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda,
You'll come a waltzing Matilda with me
And he sang as he worked
And laboured by the waterside
You'll come a waltzing matilda with me
Up came a Squatter
Resplendent in hypocrisy
Supported by the troopers
Three by three
Where's your union ticket
What's that in your tucker bag
You'll not work this waterside
We're going to break your solidarity
Waltzing Matilda (chorus)
Up jumped the Wharfie
And called to his brotherhood
Never a "SCAB"
You'll ever see me
And he sang
As he stood
A picket of solidarity
Never a Scab will you make me
Waltzing Matilda (chorus)
Funded by the taxpayers
The Squatters formed a company
Supported by corruption
and more political hypocrisy
And they whined as they formed
"It's for all our society"
Although few taxes paid
At all do we
Waltzing Matilda (chorus)
Along came the judges
Members of the exclusive legal fraternity
You've not "closed shop" rights like us
Cried they
We're the guardians of the corrupt establishment
It's been our trust for a century
We'll allow no honest equality
Staying as decadent pedophilic and kinky as we please
Waltzing Matilda (chorus)
Banned were the exports
Handled by Squatter's hypocrisy
Grain, wool and cattle
Internationally
And they sang as they stood
Firm in international solidarity
"We are sisters and brothers in Union.
Never to be broken are we"
Waltzing Matilda (CHORUS)
Forever firm in true solidarity, never to be broken are we "

 

[rewritten by Rick Finney. March 20, 1998]


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