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Subj: AN AUSSIE CHRISTMAS SONG
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YES! IT CAN BE DIFFERENT DOWN HERE.
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AN AUSSIE CHRISTMAS SONG. (Author unknown.)

Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden ute,
Kicking up the dust, esky in the boot.
Kelpie by my side, singing Christmas songs,
It's summer time and I am in my singlet, shorts and thongs.

Chorus:
Oh! Jingle Bells, jingle Bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summer's day.
Oh! Jingle Bells, jingle Bells, Christmas time is beaut
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden ute.

Engine's getting hot, we dodge the kangaroos,
The swaggy climbs aboard, he is welcome too.
All the family's there, sitting by the pool.
Christmas Day, the Aussie way, by the barbecue. 

Chorus:

Come the afternoon, Grandpa has a doze
The kids and Uncle Bruce are swimming in their clothes.
The time comes round to go, we take a family snap
We pack the car and all shoot through before the washing up.

Chorus:
			__________

VOCABULARY EXPLANATION.

Verse 1.

Holden		Australian Vehicle. Made by General Motors Holden.

Ute		Utility vehicle. (Like a small pickup truck)

Esky		Make of  ice box for keeping drinks cool. Now a generic 			term to
mean almost any brand of ice box.

Kelpie		Highly regarded breed of sheep dog.

Thongs		Flat piece of footwear in shape of sole with just a "thong" 		that
passes between big toe and the next toe to keep them 			on. Also sometimes
called flip-flops due to their peculiar 			action when walking.

Verse 2.

Swaggy		Itinerant traveller. Tramp. Hobo. Carries his swag, 		(Swagman)
	bundle or shiralee.

Verse 3.

Snap		Photograph.

Shoot through	Go or leave, fairly rapidly. Usually (often) to get out of
			doing work.

			___________

ADDITIONAL COMMENT.

The first verse, third line reads, 

"Kelpie by my side, singing Christmas songs"

My understanding is that this indicates that the person involved (Namely,
the singer) is singing Christmas songs, and NOT that the dog (one of the
"Kelpie" breed) is singing Christmas songs.

HOWEVER! DO NOT be surprised if you actually do discover that it was the
dog singing after all.

We born "Australians" are really quite clever at times, and so are our
Kelpie dogs.

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Regards,

Ian
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73 de Ian, VK5QX 
@ VK5LZ.#ADL.#SA.AUS.OC

25 Dec 2006


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