THE DIGGINS-OH

I've come back all skin and bone

From the diggins-oh.

And I wish I'd never gone

To the diggins-oh.

Believe me, 'tis no fun,

I once weighed fifteen stone,

But they brought me down to one

At the diggins-oh!

 

I thought a good home could be found

At the diggins-oh.

But soon I found I got aground

At the diggins-oh.

The natives came one day,

Burnt my cottage down like hay,

With my wife they ran away

To the diggins-oh.

 

I built a hut with mud

At the diggins-oh.

That got washed away by flood

At the diggins-oh.

I used to dig, and cry

It wouldn't do to die,

Undertakers charge too high

At the diggins-oh.

 

I paid for victuals with a frown,

At the diggins-oh.

Three potatoes half a crown,

At the diggins-oh.

Sprats five shillings a dish

If for Dutch plaice you wish,

Two dollars buys that fish

At the diggins-oh.

 

A crown a pound for steaks,

At the diggins-oh.

Ditto chops, and no great shakes,

At the diggins-oh.

Five "hog" a small pig's cheek;

If a herring red you'd seek,

One will keep you dry a week,

At the diggins-oh.

 

 

Table beer two bob a quart,

At the diggins-oh.

Get your eyes gouged out for nought,

At the diggins-oh.

Five shillings a four-pound brick,

Butter a shilling a lick,

They never give no tick

At the diggins-oh.

 

They tied me to a tree,

At the diggins-oh.

With my nuggets they made free,

At the diggins-oh.

I escaped from bodily hurt,

Though they stole my very shirt,

I had to paint myself with dirt,

At the diggins-oh.

 

I felt quite a ruined man,

At the diggins-oh.

Thinks I, I'll get home, if I can,

From the diggins-oh.

I was always catching cold,

And I've been both bought and sold

Like many more, for gold,

At the diggins-oh.

 

But now I'm safe returned

From the diggins-oh.

Never more I mean to roam

To the diggins-oh.

It some peoples' fortune mends.

Much on the man depends-

I'd sooner be here with my friends

Than at the diggins-oh.