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From my travels in Australia. This ditty is dedicated to the voyage we enjoyed onboard the riverboat 'Takari', on the Murray River in South Australia. It was entered into the boat's visitor book!

The Murray Riverboat Rag

(Sung to the tune of 'MacNamara's Band')

We both stood on "Takari's" deck, sailing up the Murray.
Who was driving? Don't you know? It's something of a worry!!!
We zigged and zagged our way upstream, checking out the parking.
We ate and drank, and yes we know' Tree spiders' started barking.

(Chorus)
The waves did splash, and we got smashed, on tawny port and wine.
We wish this trip would never end, it's such a real good time.
The countryside was at it's best, except when it was pissing.
Edith forgot the fishing rods, so we could not go fishing!!!

Swarms of flies came with us too, along with several swallows.
The boat, it makes a funny noise - we think it must be hollow.
We missed the reeds. We missed the trees. We finally got to Mannum.
John tried to park in a ferry zone - the Council tried to ban 'im!!!

(Chorus)
The waves did splash, and we got smashed, on tawny port and wine.
We wish this trip would never end, it's such a real good time.
The birds did squawk, and we don't talk, but every time we do
The Captain gets distracted, and the boat goes all askew!!!

Three hoots later, heading north. Edith takes control.
Oops! She turns the wheel around, and now we're on a roll!
Zagging up the River now, (zigging is now missing!).
The wind is blowing hard and fast. The rain - it is a-pissing!!!

(Chorus)
The waves did splash, and we got smashed, on tawny port and wine.
We wish this trip would never end, it's such a real good time.
We slowed down for a Mummy duck, the Dad and all the kids.
The boat reversed in Turbo-drive, when Edith hit the skids!!!

Young husband Store is now in sight. We're aiming for that target.
Someone's waving on the shore. We think her name is Margaret!
Booze replenished, food in store, we head back down the River.
We get to Mannum's ferrymen, and John, he starts to quiver!!!

(Chorus)
The waves did splash, and we got smashed, on tawny port and wine.
We wish this trip would never end, it's such a real good time.
The fish did jump, but they don't land, on the deck for you.
If they did, they would've been the subject of a stew!!!

Dafty Duck is in our way. It doesn't seem to matter.
If he doesn't shift his bum, he'll soon be dipped in batter!!!
When darkness falls and nature calls, you need to use the dunny.
The light's too dim for me and him. We think it's very funny!!!

(Chorus)
The waves did splash, and we got smashed, on tawny port and wine.
We wish this trip would never end, it's such a real good time.
What's that in front? Behind that punt, rowing to the shore?
It is a horse, (brown, of course!), we've seen them here before!!!

We practice mooring everywhere, down to Avoca Dell.
It's time to pull in for the night. Someone! Ring the bell!!!
Our holiday is closing fast. It's coming to the end.
John, get the bloody wheel turned round! We're coming to a bend!!!

(Chorus)
The waves did splash, and we got smashed, on tawny port and wine.
We wish this trip would never end, it's such a real good time.
We're heading back, and what a whack, this has really been.
The fish, the birds, the countryside.. This is what we've seen.

To John and Coralie we thank, for such a lovely time.
You have a really lovely boat. We're sorry this doesn't rhyme.
The moral of this story is, to have some fun and leisure.
It is a pity that we had to pay you for this pleasure!!!

AAAAAANNNNNNNDDDDDDD
(Chorus)
The waves did splash, and we got smashed, on tawny port and wine.
We wish this trip would never end, it's been a real good time. (Oi !)
The waves did splash, and we got smashed, on tawny port and wines
The river is a lovely place, but it - has - no - white - lines. ! (Phew)

Copyright; John McCormack & Edith Logan
Email: john@fk79.fsnet.co.uk and
scudsysmum@bigpond.com.au

 

 



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