ME AN' BATES
Schoolmates -- me an' Billy Bates, Sixty year ago; Though our schoolin' was but foolin' -- Short an' sweet, ye know. Workin' when we was but ten (Folks was poor, ye see). Drivin' ploughs an' mindin' cows -- Billy Bates an' me. Shipmates -- me an' Billy Bates, Forty year ago; Came out 'ere in the "Boundin' Deer," Straight to Bendigo. Made a pile in a little while -- Struck it rich did we; Knocked it down when we got to town -- Billy Bates an' me. Bedmates -- me an' Billy Bates, Thirty year ago; Shearin' sheep an' livin' cheap, Up on Wareko. Nohow never 'ad a row, Even in a spree; Friends we'd bin through thick an' thin -- Billy Bates an' me. Billy Bates an' me wus mates, Twenty year ago; Then old Billy acted silly, Got a girl in tow. Men thet's wed's as good as dead, No more use fur me; Saw 'em started, then we parted -- Billy Bates an' me. Room-mates -- me an' Billy Bates -- Come 'ere yesterday. Wife is dead. The life 'e led With 'er was cruel, they say. Cut up rough, an' spent 'is stuff, Acted like a brute. So Billy Bates an' me is mates -- In the Destitute.
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