An Absconding Debtors Ditty.

(Sunday Times,  Aug. 16th, 1903)


The boat was to sail from Fremantle at noon,

And I was most anxious to go,

But the water-policemen were put on my track

And they said most decidedly No, No, No,

And -they said most decidedly No.


We cannot allow you to sail by that boat,

The law says that you most stop here,

This little account must be settled in full

Or you stay, if you stay tor a year, year, year.

Or you stay, if you stay for a year.


Then I thought that the very best thing I could do

Was to give these bum-bailiffs the slip,

So the night before sailing, while they were asleep,

I secreted myself in the ship, ship, ship;

I was safely away in the ship,


From the first break of day those vigilant men

Stood watching the boat from the shore,

Never dreaming a moment that I was on board

Lying quietly in bunk 44, 4, 4

Unnoticed in bunk 44.


But I found, that my troubles were not over yet,

For just before going to start,

They raided the ship, but found the old man

For them was a little too smart, smart, smart ;

For them was a great deal too smart.


So the boat sailed away and I was on deck.

And waved them a tender adieu,

The Gropers believe their policemen an smart.

But I laugh at their best, wouldn't you, you, you

But I laugh at their best, wouldn't you.


Yes, the water-police are decidedly slow,

And with me I think you'll agree

That they'll have to get men a bit more up to snuff

Before they catch fellows like me, me, me

Before they catch old birds like me.

                        Don't u. c




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