[Editor: A song of humourous intent, directed against the idea of women being given the right to vote. Published in The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, 3 July 1880.]
When the Pigs Fly
Some folks they want cremation, and are very much perplexed
Became they say, they’d rather burn in this world than the next;
They’re bound to make a ’ash of it if they cremation try.
They’ll settle this burning question when the pigs begin to fly.
We hear a lot of women’s wrongs and also women’s rights;
They want to wear the breeches, do the old and ugly frights;
The rights they need are marriage rites, for home rule they should try;
We’ll send old maids to Parliament when the pigs begin to fly.
When the pigs begin to fly, pork will then be very high;
Though they are the most unlikely birds that ever flew in the sky,
I see no reason why they never should have a try.
Old spinsters will be ministers when the pigs begin to fly.
The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW), Saturday 3 July 1880, 4th page of the supplement “Second Sheet of the Maitland Mercury”