(Shores of) Botany Bay

Farewell to your bricks and mortar, farewell to your dirty lies 
Farewell to your gangers and gang planks 
And to hell with your overtime 
For the good ship Ragamuffin, she’s lying at the quay 
For to take oul Pat with a shovel on his back 
To the shores of Botany Bay 

I’m on my way down to the quay, where the ship at anchor lays
To command a gang of navvys, that they told me to engage
I thought I’d drop in for a drink before I went away
For to take a trip on an emigrant ship to the shores of Botany Bay

Farewell to your bricks and mortar, farewell to your dirty lies 
Farewell to your gangers and gang planks 
And to hell with your overtime 
For the good ship Ragamuffin, she’s lying at the quay 
For to take oul Pat with a shovel on his back 
To the shores of Botany Bay 

The boss came up this morning, he says “Well, Pat you know
If you don’t get your navvys out, I’m afraid you’ll have to go”
So I asked him for my wages and demanded all my pay
For I told him straight, I’m going to emigrate to the shores of Botany Bay

Farewell to your bricks and mortar, farewell to your dirty lies 
Farewell to your gangers and gang planks 
And to hell with your overtime 
For the good ship Ragamuffin, she’s lying at the quay 
For to take oul Pat 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 the digging of, or so I have been told
Or else I’ll go back to my trade and a hundred bricks I’ll lay
Because I live for an eight hour shift on the shores of Botany Bay

Farewell to your bricks and mortar, farewell to your dirty lies
Farewell to your gangers and gang planks
And to hell with your overtime
For the good ship Ragamuffin, she’s lying at the quay
For to take oul Pat with a shovel on his back
To the shores of Botany Bay

Farewell to your bricks and mortar, farewell to your dirty lies
Farewell to your gangers and gang planks
And to hell with your overtime
For the good ship Ragamuffin, she’s lying at the quay
For to take oul Pat with a shovel on his back
To the shores of Botany Bay

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s