Nosepeg remembers the war
“Tell me about the war,” I said.
“Oh, that's early days, olden times,
long long time ago when I was a little bit
middle-aged — a young fella.”
“Well, Yankee ‘Merika and Japana —
two fellas — been fightin.
Lotta fightin from the north, everywhere!”
“Where were you?”
“We been livin in Hermannsburg.
Yankee been come in Hermannsburg.
Yard em up. Take all them telephone,
big telephone — dig em up,
dig em up, dig em up.
‘Merika mob tear em to pieces, chuck em ‘way!”
“Yeah! That man been send em all the time
to Japana! Oh! Maybe 10,000:
too much soldiers been there,
Hermannsburg, too much. Oh, army!
Yard em up, yard em up. ‘Merika mob been tell us:
‘we need you fellas; we all ‘Merikan!' ”
“Did you work with the Americans?”
“Oh, we been sit down there and they said
they'd run us to Alice Springs.
Load em up bomb! Bomb!
Alice Springs we been workin — Army —
load em up all the time — Bomb.
You know bomb? Yeah. We been workin there.”
“What about Darwin? Did you go to Darwin?”
“Yes, Darwin. I didn't want to go to Darwin.
They said Japana mob was comin up close.
Japana. Japana been chuck em Wyndham:
Djuu! Djuu! Djuuu!
So we ran away. We didn't stay at Darwin long;
come back along Alice Springs. Too close!
Japana come too close.
And Yankee mob been push em again.
‘Merika been push em, push em right back.
Broken Hill: Djuuu!”
“Hmmm. Really! Everywhere! Japana come inside.
‘Merika there, top!
And chuck em: Djuu! Djuuu!
Finish em alonga water.
Burn em aeroplane.