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by liarbird

I left in desperation
when hunger drove me out
Left behind a home and family
when I went walkabout
I left all the cities,
moved through the country towns
Travelled ‘cross the Nullarbor,
up the Darling Downs
I’ve been bleached by sun,
crossed land flat or hilly
I’m never far away from,
the burnt and blackened billy
Beside a lonely campfire
I watched the stars so bright
Between despair and hope,
rolled out for the night
I have seen a hundred miles,
from words of a callous mouth
Travelled all the way up north,
when the work was all down south
From shearing shed to shearing shed,
as each shed cut out
I left with my master,
into the unknown doubt
I have rotted in the outback sun,
when times have got too tough
The body stays and soul drifts on,
when my master said enough
One more shed, one more try,
to reach that mirage down the track
I’ve been the company of many,
I am the swag upon his back.

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Re: Company (Score: 1 )
by MoZark on Saturday, November 28, 2009 (19:03:27)
Theirs them that could and them that would and them that dam well did.
Loved every word. Has the makings’ of a sad vagabond song.
Have a grand tomorrow.


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    Re: Company (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Thursday, December 10, 2009 (03:35:12)
    G'day jack...
    Reading articles from the pre war depression days, the swag
    was the only friend many of these wanderers had as they searched for work. You are right, whatever could ever be achieved from this poem must be in a sad mode.
    Thanks Jack.

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Re: Company (Score: 1 )
by maryanns on Sunday, November 29, 2009 (19:33:24)
Yes, I do believe Jack's right... could very well be lyrics, Lindsay. A hard life, sort of like the guys who rode the rails out west over here. This has such a mournful quality, really enjoyed. Best wishes, Mary Ann

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    Re: Company (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Thursday, December 10, 2009 (03:38:02)
    Thank you Mary Ann...
    Yes the days of the swaggy in reality were tough with lonliness and despair as company, along with a swag. Many songs, poems and yarns these days give a light hearted view of the swaggy, but of course, not by swaggies themselves.
    Thank you Mary Ann.

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Re: Company (Score: 1 )
by badmalthus on Thursday, December 03, 2009 (18:18:55)
As an Aussie this poem brought a tear to my eye Lindsay......and a clever write it is you know what the blokes name was in Waltzing Matilda? Andy! "Andy sang as he watched........."

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    Re: Company (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Thursday, December 10, 2009 (03:40:12)
    G'day Harry...
    It always brings a smile when someone mentions Andy, and I wonder if Henry Lawson was thinking the same when he wrote...Andy's Gone With Cattle. Thanks again Harry for reading and leaving a comment.

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Re: Company (Score: 1 )
by omegapaf on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 (21:53:51)
a wonderful tale of freedom, and what it really! means lindsay. old swag men get arrested in england for vagrancy, and not paying taxes, and campfires are illegal without a permit from the council. oh, and you can be arrested for having a drink on the beach here must offend the fish, or something. - waltzing paul.

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    Re: Company (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Thursday, December 10, 2009 (03:43:05)
    g'day Paul...
    Yes sadly, how times have changed. As kids, we would gather around a swaggy at the footy ground and listen to his stories with awe. Today, he'd be arrested and charged with harrassing kids. I guess councils are running out of sane ways to find revenue.
    Thanks Paul.

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      Re: Company (Score: 1 )
      by omegapaf on Thursday, December 10, 2009 (21:10:36)
      we used to like going to the gypsy camp, when we were kids, and they would tell us about the war, and escaping from romania. while we ate terrible burnt sausages......but they tasted good at the time. of course they have all been relocated ( i believe relocated is the current fashionable phrase for forcibly removed by the police ) to places where middle class voters can't see them anymore now....but i remember - lovely write lindsay

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Re: Company (Score: 1 )
by thewholesoul on Thursday, December 10, 2009 (09:39:07)
that was sad poem for me - times were certainly a lot harder then and it doesnt hurt at all to be reminded of how it could be once again.

take care

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    Re: Company (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Saturday, December 19, 2009 (21:19:00)
    G'day Conor...
    How right you are...these tough times could very easily return, and if they ever did, I'm not sure how modern society with its reliance on technology and production line food could cope. Something needs to be done about controlling personal debt.
    Thank you Conor for reading and commenting.

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Re: Company (Score: 1 )
by rondo on Sunday, December 20, 2009 (09:56:37)
sounds like a life well lived to me. if it were easy I doubt it would be memorable.......nice write rondo

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    Re: Company (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Thursday, December 31, 2009 (20:51:09)
    G'day Ronald...
    Yeah I think the swaggy had a tough time during the depression, but it was only after reading a book based on life during the thirties in the US that really hit home. It must have been a horrible time for many just trying to survive...
    will it happen again?
    Thanks Ron

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Re: Company (Score: 1 )
by butterflyzrfree on Friday, January 01, 2010 (00:26:25)
Hi Lindsay! I didn't give this poem a nunber as there were too many terms I did not understand! Whats a walkabout? A billy? Why would you be bleached by the sun and not tanned? I know this is a really great poem but I am too naive! Embarassed

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    Re: Company (Score: 1 )
    by liarbird on Friday, January 01, 2010 (18:53:49)
    G'day Gail...
    Thanks for reading and commenting Gail. To explain the gobbldy-gook I've sent a PM to you. Thanks for the questions though, I should realize some of these quotes must confuse.

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