Black and Tan
Words & Music:
Geoff Drummond (3.40)
Dateline... Adelaide, SA
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Well strike me stone dead! It's wearing the
and a Windsor Knot strangles it's collar!
A white handkerchief, razor creases to boot;
it looks like a man with a dollar!
Now, tell me old son, how the hell have you
You can bet you're a sight for sore eyes.
The years have been long and the times have
since we last shared the days of our lives.
Chorus: There's a local round
the corner from here.
If that pub is still open, we could sink a
Throw out on the counter the cloak of the years,
and tell some tall tales and the truth when
we can, over glasses of old
'Black and Tan'.
Now come on Old Son, I'm sure you'll remember,
Macca and Dave, you and me;
'The Four Musketeers' we christened ourselves,
'Swashbucklers of Circular Quay'.
And you had that car, that damned old Monaro;
the guzzler with the bottomless tank.
We scraped out our wallets and dug holes in
to pay for the petrol it drank.
Well you look such a swell, and you've done
so damned well!
I hear you're a member of the Parliament crowd.
You were a number one fan of the staunch Labor
and I bet you're a 'Bobby Dazzler' on the floor
of 'The House;
the right man to have in a 'stouch'.
But, tell me old Son, one thing I must know.
Beneath the chiaking and bluster;
behind the closed doors with the Caucus room
is there a place for the workers to muster?
For I've seen a few dreams come apart at the
and there's a change in your "Nays"
and your "Ayes".
For the years have been long and the times
have been lean
since you last shared the days of our lives.
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One of Australia's great national characteristics
is political irreverence; an ingrained anti-authoritarianism
which often expresses itself as a healthy skepticism concerning
politicians and their motives. To the consternation of pollsters
and pundits alike, we are not a predictable electorate. Our historical
origins seem to have left us somewhat cynical about the processes
of government. It is sadly ironic, then, that the very attributes
which allow politicians to gain ascendancy within the two party
system in this country tend, in the long run, to alienate them
almost totally from their original constituents. This song of
Geoff's, about Mateship and Loyalty, is a gentle reminder to
all our 'pollies' that the most important person, in Australia's
version of democracy, must always be the voter.