No hoity-totiy, la de da, glossy version of this tune here; it's just raw, dirty, short and sharp, the way it was meant to sound. So turn up the volume, and sing loudly, proudly and without inhibition.
Farewell to old England forever,
Farewell to me rum culls as well,
Farewell to the well known Old Bailey,
Where I once used to cut such a swell.
CHORUS: Singing too-ra-li ooral-li addity,
Singing too-ral-li ooral-li ay,
Singing too-ra-li ooral-li addity,
And we're bound for Botany Bay.
There's the captain as is our commander,
There's the bosun and all the ship's crew,
There's the first and the second class passengers,
Knows what we poor convicts go through.
Taint leaving old England we cares about,
Taint cos we mis-spells what we knows,
But because all we light fingered gentry,
Hops around with a log on our toes.
For seven long years I'll be staying here,
For seven long years and a day,
For meeting a cove in an alleyway,
And taking his ticker away.
Oh had I the wings of a turtle dove,
I'd soar on me pinions so high,
Right back to the arms of me Polly love,
And in her sweet presence I'd die.
Oh all you young Dookies and Dutchesses.
Take warning of what I've to say.
“Mind all is your own as you toucheses,
Or you'll find us in Botany Bay.”
from To Lawsons Joy,
released January 26, 2014
Engineered by Bryce Moorhead.
Produced by Bryce Moorhead and Steve Towson.
The Kunkala Station Band are Steve Towson (lead vocals, guitar, drums and more), Les Buschel (guitar, backing vocals), Luke Mysliwy (violin, backing vocals), Kimbeaux Dawson (flute), Mitch Humphrys (double bass, guitar, backing vocals), Ness Glenn (cello, backing vocals).
Profile photo by Staples. Banner art by TB (Mr. T + MC.T + WHO).
Track image courtesy of State Library of Victoria.