March 1929 "To My Old Mate Tom"
TO MY OLD MATE TOM
I wonder if you remember
Twelve months ago to-day,
When we went in to Longreach
And done our cheques so gay
The girls in all the squash shops
And at Dud Rydis pub,
They invited us to hazards
But we couldn't throw for mud.
We went round to the show ring
And paid our half-a-crown,
But to this day I reckon
The beggars took us down.
You went and danced at night Tom
While I went to Fred Affoes,
To skate around his old cement
And the people to amuse.
But it could not last forever
And we soon went to the pack,
Then we headed for the "Coombe"
Caught our horses for the track.
We never had much tucker
Bread and treacle as a rule,
It should have been a lesson
To shun every hazard school.
We left the miles behind us
On the journey coming home,
And we made a vow together
In the 'reach' no more we'd roam.
The swags were on old "maggie"
With the seven & six pence pack,
Which we packed up with a sheepskin
To keep it off her back.
But at last we reached the "Prairie"
And we climbed abroad the train,
When we bit old Jim for Osker
To fetch us home again.
But we soon forgot our troubles
When we went to work once more,
And we've done our cheques since then Tom
As we did in days of yore.
But the day is not far off mate
When you'll wake up with a start
You find you've gone and married
A decent sort of tart.
And when that day arrives old son
That you go to your fate,
I hope that you will not forget
Your old and trusted mate.
Dave. March 1929