The Ballad of Stan Graham

 

Stan Graham was a man as rough and tough as guts

From down Hokitika way,

He had a steely stare which meant beware

Or so the old cockys used to say,

And he was always out working and swinging an arm

Even in the hard driving rain,

But he never ever seemed to make ends meet

So he couldn?t keep the wolves away,

It was 1941 and the war wasn?t won

We were posting Alamein,

In the summer sun the Rats were on the run

And old Rommel was having his way,

So the government declared there was a real lack of lead

And that they needed everybody?s arms,

Including Stan?s rough and tough as guts

On his hard scrabble southern farm,

For thirteen days and thirteen nights he was out there on the run,

He had to shoot through when he blew his fuse when he refused

To give away his guns,

And?he never meant harm just wanted to swing an arm,

just?to work an honest day,

That man Stan scrapping on the lam down Hokitika way,

By the end of the week

The news did leak there was a madman on the run,

Old Stan had gone bush with nothing in his swag

But a rag to clean his old gun,

So the German?s sent a wire just to add to the fire

That they thought it was all good fun,

They said to Stan -??You hold the South Mate and we?ll take the North with another Bugger and his gun!?

They searched low and high and they searched near and far

But old Stan was not to found,

Rooting through the Pig fern cutting up the scrub

Well he?d well and truly gone to ground,

Until he finally came a cropper he was shot by a copper

And he knew his race had been run,

The last words on his lips was to?say to?said copper

“What’s the make and model of?ya gun?”

For thirteen days and thirteen nights he was out there on the run,

He had to shoot through when he blew his fuse when he refused

To give away his guns,

And?he never meant harm just wanted to swing an arm

just?to work an honest day,

That man Stan scrapping on the lam down Hokitika way.

 


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