This Bit of the World Belongs to Us [song by “Dryblower” Murphy, circa 1909]

[Editor: A song by “Dryblower” Murphy about the visit of the American fleet to Australia in 1908. Written for the pantomime “Jack & Jill” (1908), this version was based upon his song “We’ve Got a Big Brother in America” (1908). From the sheet music published circa 1909.] This Bit of the World Belongs to Us […]

“We’ve Got a Big Brother in America” [song by “Dryblower” Murphy, (written 1908) published circa 1924]

[Editor: A song by “Dryblower” Murphy about the visit of the American fleet to Australia in 1908. From the sheet music published circa 1924.] “We’ve Got a Big Brother in America” Written and Composed by “Dryblower” Murphy. Ship O’ war from Yankee land, anchor’d in the bay Underneath the flag of Uncle Sam Built of […]

Australia, or Heart to Heart and Hand to Hand [song, 1890s]

[Editor: A patriotic song, written by the Rev. Thomas Hilhouse Taylor (1861-1925). Words taken from the sheet music (published circa 1890-1899). The chorus was later incorporated into the Australian cricket team’s victory song, “Under the Southern Cross I Stand”.] Sung with enormous success at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, Theatre Royal, Melbourne, Opera House, Brisbane and […]

Click Go the Shears [traditional Australian song, 1890s]

[Editor: As is common with folk songs that have been passed around by word of mouth, there are several variations of the same song in existence. The earliest known printed version of “Click Go the Shears” was published in The Bacchus Marsh Express on 5 December 1891.] Click Go the Shears Out on the board […]