The Kelly Option
Words & Music: Pat Drummond (3.27)
For Edward and Dan Kelly and For The Workers of
The MUA and The MEAA
Dateline: Glenrowan, Victoria and Botany Terminal,
Ned Kelly was not the kind of man
that you could ever push around.
He started out poor and in trouble with the
but the bugger just wouldn't lay down.
He was just sixteen and he had no bail
when they threw his mother in Her Majesty's
Ned, as I said, was not the kind of kid
To take that lying down.
So along with his brother and a couple of others
he took to the bush in crime,
and there was more than one squatter
who wished he hadn't bothered to tangle with the
Still they dogged his tracks through the summer
till the dead 'traps' lay in the Stringybark
A lot of men might have turned the other cheek
but Ned was never that kind.
You better know who you're pushing.
You better know just how far
you can go with a man before he takes a
and he starts to hit back hard.
There's a little bit of Ned Kelly
In the broken and the beaten and the
If you push too hard, and you go too far
You've only got yourself to blame.
They took Ned Kelly at Glenrowan.
He was dressed in armour plate.
They shipped him on down into Melbourne town
To await his final fate.
They broke his neck, and they cursed his name,
But Ned lived brave and Ned died game;
and working men recall his name
whenever you hear them say:
So listen up then, all you powerful men
as you watch our wages fall.
There's a lot of working women and men
with their backs against the wall.
So you can come on tough and you can talk New
but they're not going to go down without a
The Kelly Option still burns bright in Australia
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