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The Conscription Ramp

Gary Shearston
Language: English



As I was walking down the street while on my twentieth birthday-oh!
A government man, he said to me now you’d look fine in Kaki-oh!
The government is in need of men, come read our proclamation-oh!
Two years conscription life for you will be a fine vacation-oh!

And it true me lad’s, it’s true me lads. To tell the truth I’m bound-oh!
There’s always trouble in the air with elections coming ‘round-oh!

Well it may be so I said to him, but tell me if you can-oh!
If I’m old enough to carry your guns, am I old enough to hold too?
If I’m sent to fight in a foreign land not waring with Australia-oh!
What will you give as a guarantee that I’ll not come back in a coffin-oh!

And it true me lad’s, it’s true me lads. To tell the truth I’m bound-oh!
There’s always trouble in the air with elections coming ‘round-oh!

Well the government man he looked at me and his smile was very mockin’-oh!
He looked at me from head to toe and said you must be jokin’-oh!
There’s adult pay and adventure too, and you’re marching in the army-oh!
I winked at a lady passing by and thought of raising a family-oh!

And it true me lad’s, it’s true me lads. To tell the truth I’m bound-oh!
There’s always trouble in the air with elections coming ‘round-oh!

So to fight in other people’s wars, don’t get yourself conscripted-oh!
If Australian soil we must defend, then let’s all volunteer-oh!
But I have no desire to see the world with a bayonet in my hand-oh!
So I tipped me hat to the government man and walked on down the street-oh!

And it true me lad’s, it’s true me lads. To tell the truth I’m bound-oh!
There’s always trouble in the air with elections coming ‘round-oh!


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