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A Tale They Won't Believe

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We left Macquarie Harbour it was in the pouring rain
none of us quite sure if we would see England again
some fool muttered death or liberty
there was six of us together a jolly hungry crew
and as the days went by you know our hunger quickly grew
some fool muttered death or liberty

So that night we made fires out of twigs and out of bark
and our stomaches they were grumbling all through the night sodark
we were only trying to keep our selves alive
but when the sun came up next morning well the six had turned tofive

And I said, right there's another one, don't you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down, It's a tale they won't believe,
When I get down to Hobart town

All five of us were nervous and I'll tell you that's a fact
bu you should have seen the bastard who was carrying the axe
He was a sick man he had murder in his heart


And then we reached the Franklin River, and it took two days tocross
we were wet and almost starvin' and for food we're at a loss
we were hungry men with murder on our minds.

So that night we made a fire out of twigs and out of bark
and our stomachs they were rumbling all through the night sodark,
And they were making noises that death could not ignore
and when the sun came up next morning,
the five had turned to four!

And I said, right there's another one, don't you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down, It's a tale they won't believe,
When I get down to Hobart town

Well the four of us kept on marching to a place called westernteirs
A country full of tasty game but for us there was no cheer
we had no guns we were traveling without
but the axe it loomed so ominous and his hand was at play
a sick man is a type of game which can not run away
so stay yourself for the hand that is without


So that night we made fires out of twigs and out of bark
and our stomachs they were grumbling all through the night sodark
I can't say I feel guilty after all it wasn't me
but when the sun came up next morning the four had turned tothree

And I said, right there's another one, don't you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down, It's a tale they won't believe,
When I get down to Hobart town

well the three of us kept on moving but one was fading fast
he had been bitten by a snake and you could see he would notlast
stay easy my good man your time is at hand
and when he could last no longer his days were fading fast
we were far to weak to carry him subsistency comes first
stay easy my good man your time is at hand

So that night we made fires out of twigs and out of bark
and our stomachs they were grumbling all through the night sodark
It was a messy job but it was one we had to do
but when the sun came up next morning the three had turned totwo

And I said, right there's another one, don't you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down, It's a tale they won't believe,
When I get down to Hobart town

Now he had been looking at me funny, sort of eyeing me fordays,
And you would not need to be too bright to know that bastard'sways:
He was a sick man, he had murder in his heart.
But even bastards have to rest, and even bastards have tosleep,
And when he was in the land of Nod straight over I did creep,
and the axe that he had wielded now was mine.

So that night, I made the fire, out of twigs and out of bark,
and my stomach it kept rumbling all through the night so dark.
I can't say that I enjoyed it, and it wasn't exactly fun,
but when the sun came up next morning, the two had turned toone!

And I said, right there's another one, don't you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down, It's a tale they won't believe,
When I get down to Hobart town

Well now history is a pack of lies, as any fool can tell,
So when I got down to Hobart town I told my story well,
But do you think they would believe one word I said?
For they thought that I was covering for my mates still atlarge,
Said they'd be roaming in the bush so wild and free,
And back to old Macquarie Harbour they sent me


But I remember the fires made out of twigs and made of bark
and my stomachs it was grumbling all through the night so dark
And this young fool he just said to me it's liberty or death
and he looked so utterly tasty I just could not help it singing


And I said, right there's another one, don't you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down, It's a tale they won't believe
When I get down to Hobart town


A tale they won't believe

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based on Australia's colonial past
a macabre account of escaped men making
their way across Tasmania, resorting to
cannibalism to survive the long trek in the bush.
from a passage in Robert Hughes' The Fatal Shore

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