Shores Of Botany Bay

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Farewell to yer bricks and yer mortar farewell to yer dirty lime
Farewell to yer gangway and yer gangplank and to hell with yer overtime
The good ship Ragamuffin is lying at the quay
For to take a man with a shovel on his back to the shores of Botany Bay

On me way down to the quay where the good ship now does lay
To command a gang of navvies I was told to engage
I thought I would stop in for a while before I went away
For to take a trip on an immigrant ship to the shores of Botany Bay

Farewell to yer bricks and yer mortar farewell to yer dirty lime
Farewell to yer gangway and yer gangplank and to hell with yer overtime
The good ship Ragamuffin is lying at the quay
For to take a man with a shovel on his back to the shores of Botany Bay

Well me boss came up this morning and he said well Pete hullo
If you do not mix that mortar batch be sure you’ll have to go
Well he did so insult me I demanded all me pay
And with a golden shake I was gonna immigrate to the shores of Botany Bay

Farewell to yer bricks and yer mortar farewell to yer dirty lime
Farewell to yer gangway and yer gangplank and to hell with yer overtime
The good ship Ragamuffin is lying at the quay
For to take a man with a shovel on his back to the shores of Botany Bay

And when I reach Australia I’ll go and look for gold
There’s plenty there for digging or so I have been told
Maybe I’ll go back to me trade 800 bricks I’d lay
On a eight hour shift and eight bob pay on the shores of Botany Bay

Farewell to yer bricks and yer mortar farewell to yer dirty lime
Farewell to yer gangway and yer gangplank and to hell with yer overtime
The good ship Ragamuffin is lying at the quay
For to take a man with a shovel on his back to the shores of Botany Bay

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