Sunday, August 24, 2008

Redgum - Rebel Chorus


    

Early Redgum is some of my favorite folk music.
It brings back memories of my impressionable
youth, learning guitar and shocking my conservative
elders. This is a insightful look into this
bands beginning days, only 6 tracks which is a shame.
This set was included on a 2 LP set called
Rebel Chorus
-A Concert of Contemporary Political Song.
It was released in 1982 by the Amalgamated Metal Workers
& Shipwrights Union. and ditributed by Larrikin.
Other performers on the Lp were The Larrikins, John Dengate,
Dennis Kevans and Eric Bogle. I haven't any of the other tracks
I'm afraid, so if anyone can help.

Track List
01 HMAS Australia
02 Critique in G
03 Off the hit parade
04 Killing Floor
05 Raggin
06 Beaumont Rag


So this is a rare chance to hear Redgum when they were still babes,
also included is some of the funnest socialist humor you will ever hear.


Like the introduction to Raggin,

"This is why were not on countdown"


Raggin - Redgum

Raggin raggin red red raggin
Raggin raggin red red raggin
Raggin raggin red red raggin
RagginWorking man's, it's a living wage
Workin woman, equal pay
No stinking proverty
when you're creaking with age

Ask for these, and all the bosses say is You're Raggin raggin red red raggin
Raggin raggin red red raggin

Raggin raggin red red raggin
Commos to a man

Well if that's being commo

It's commo where we stand

Proud black nation gives a long black shout
Strong black art, Strong black mouth
Two hundred years too long to die

But you spit it all out and the white boss cries
You're Raggin raggin red red raggin
Raggin raggin red red raggin

Raggin raggin red red raggin

Commos to a man Well if that's being commo
It's commo where we stand


Sixty hours to kill on that endless line
Sixty hours cause you're the factory swine

Long long weeks and your brain drags down
Long long years and your backbone's gone


It's time for Raggin raggin red red raggin
Raggin raggin red red raggin
Raggin raggin red red raggin

Sell your guts at the boss' price
He pays cash but you pay for your life
There's women and men standing up to their feet

While the boss pulls a knife and groans through his teeth


You're Raggin raggin red red raggin
Raggin raggin red red raggin

Raggin raggin red red raggin

Commos to a man

Well if that's being commo
It's commo where we're

Raggin raggin red red raggin

Raggin raggin red red raggin
Raggin raggin red red raggin

Raggin


And the intro to Beaumont Rag,

"We'll have to explain a bit, PAC the school referred to in the
song is Prince Alfred College, its about a 1000 bucks a term
and you send your kid there, you send your boy, cause its too
good for girls"


Beaumont Rag - Redum

I am a wealthy barrister
About 100 bucks a word
I've got a plum stuck in my mouth
I'm really such a
Really such a turd

I attended PAC
I meet a wife at the Prefect's ball
I am the elder Fotheringay
And she was Prentice
She was Prentice - hall

I passed my matriculation
Four Ds and a C
Daddy bought be a Mercedes Benz
And he bought me a law he
Bought me a law degree

I voted for Mal Fraser
Was the decent thing to do
Was a vote against the communists
And I hope that you did
Hope that you did too

I love to read the bulletin and watch the ABC
I love to wear by well-informed opinions constantly
All my friends are professionals from polite society
So come and sing the middle class Liberal
I've got a home in Beaumont Rag with me

I bought a brand new Range Rover
the outback is a lark
I slip it into four-wheel drive
At gates of national
gates of national park

Oh the working class are out of place
when they are on strike
I drive my Jag in circles
Trying to knock them off their
knock them off their bikes

Download Here Comrades

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

iam a redgum fan i have been trying to get most of their albums again found this site but having trouble getting the links to download have they been removed

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

Yes Mr Anonymous all links most links older than October have disappeared.I will try to reup the rarer redgum stuff here but I would need a few more requests their 5 albums, at the moment I reup requests for missing links one at a time.
ciao bob

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

new link up

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

Also reposted the incredibly rare,
Lost Album
ciao bob

derek said...

thanks bob for all your help could you please put up midnight sun

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

no problem derek should be up tomorrow
ciao bob

Old Man Emu said...

Hi Bob, Gary from Sydney. I come to your site a few times a year but today I've come here directed by a prompt on the new http://redgumlyrics.weebly.com site.

I'm interested in obtaining a copy of Rebel Chorus but the links are now all dead. Any chance of a fresh upload ?

In addition I wonder if you have a complete copy of Stubborn Words and Flagrant Vices ? I soon might !

Bob Nebe said...

Hi Gary first the link has been updated do let me know if your after anything else. I do have a copy of Stubborn Words a fantastic document

Old Man Emu said...

Thanks Bob, I look forwarding to hearing this.

Old Man Emu said...

Hi Bob, I finally got my copy of Stubborn Words and Flagrant Vices - nice !

Now here's another request I've been searching for "The Countdown Song" by Redgum. I've just finished reading Molly Meldrums book and he says they wrote a song about it - page 289 - set to the tune of April Sun In Cuba. It kind of rings a bell but I cannot find anything. Now I know on Caught In The Act in "Beaumont Rag" - John at around 7:50 refers to "listening to that Countdown bullshit" but that's all I can find !

Any ideas ?

Gary

Bob Nebe said...

Sorry Gary I haven't heard of the countdown song sounds good but