With my swag all on my shoulder    (video)

 

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1. When first we left old England's shores such yarns as we were told,

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    as how folks in Australia could pick up lumps of gold.

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    So when we got to Melbourne Town we were ready soon to slip,

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    and get even with the captain we scuttled from the ship.

 

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With my swag all on my shoulder, black billy in my hand,

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I travelled the bush of Australia like a true born native man.

 

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2. We steered our course for Portland Town, then north west of Ballarat,

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    where some of us got mighty thin and some got sleek and fat.

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    Some tried their luck at Bindigo and some at Fiery Creek,

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    I made a fortune in a day and spent it in a week.

 

+  CHORUS

 

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3. So round the tucker tracks I tramp nor leave them out of sight, 

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    my swag's on my left shoulder and then upon my right.

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    And then I take it on my back and oft upon it lie, 

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    these are the best of tucker tracks, so I'll stay here till I die. 

 

+  CHORUS

 

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+  I travelled the bush of Australia like a true born native man !

 

(orig. = capo 5th)    (The Seekers)