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gecko Women's Work Songs (78* d) RE: Women's Work Songs 29 Oct 04

I transcribed this from a tape recorded in a folk club in Darwin (or Alice Springs) a few years ago, sung by the one and only Paul Lawler. So sorry, I have no more details about who wrote it or what melody it's sung to.


I've waited longing for this day
Spin the bottle and spool away
In joy and bliss I'm off to play
Upon this high holiday

Ch:                Spin the bobbin and spool away
                What joy that it's a holiday!

The milking pails has got to go
I ought to spread this bowl of dough
It clogs my nails and fingers so
As I knead this high holiday


The dirt upon the floors unswept
The fireplace isn't cleaned and kept
I haven't got the rushes yet
Upon this high holiday


The cooking herbs I must fetch in
And tie my kerchief under my chin
Darling Jack, lend me a pin
To fix me well this holiday


And as we rest beside the track
Happy in this Sunday Jack
We'll wet my whistle and pay my wack
As on every holiday


I've waited longing for this day.............

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