John 'herbie the poet' campbell
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“I knew a girl who come from the bush
Where the bloody boys were flighty.
She lived up in the back-blocks
In a place called old Blighty.
Rode the horses, irrigated
Travelled far and wide
And said old Doris,
They tell you that with pride.
Where they grew the rice and the wheat
And the cattle were tall and straight
And then when she met the bloke from Donach
She said I’ll shut the bloody gate.
In the Falcon ute,
She said you beaut
I’m leaving dear old Blighty
And she headed down to Mooroopna,
Christ, she was wild and flighty.
Got married and now settled down
She said she is now on the bloody skids.
The years rolled along
And Doris had 3 kids
The first one, he was Craig,
The second one Bluey
I think he was born in ‘71
Crikey he was real cluey.
And then they had a girl
And said they was gunna give it up. Aye.
But then she came along
Her name was Kaye…Kaye Roslyn that was her name.
And then they split up
And what was that, about 10 years ago?
And she said I will be a, what do you call it?
A divorced widow.
Bought a house in Shepparton
Down, what’s this street called?
Down in Furphy Avenue
Just out near the Drive In.
She said God Almighty,
She said with a bloody grin.
But she doesn’t drink many beers
And even give up smoking for bloody 10 years.
Got a little mansion here
It even has fans on the bloody roof
And never even had fans
When Doris was a youth.
Sounds like she’s getting older,
Near 50 next year.
February the 17th I think
And she’ll have a bloody beer.
And the grog’ll flow like water.
And they said I’ll be in the horrors
And I do know a little bit
About a girl named Doris.
Good onya kid!
John Marshall interviews John 'Herbie the Poet' Campbell -
Albion Hotel Finley, 1983