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Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport
Rolf Harris
Words and Music by Rolf Harris

- peak Billboard position # 3 in 1963

SPOKEN: There's an old Australian stockman lying, dying. He gets himself up
onto one elbow and 'e turns to his mates, who are all gathered around and 'e says:

Watch me wallabies feed, mate
Watch me wallabies feed,
They're a dangerous breed, mate
So watch me wallabies feed
Altogether now!

Tie me kangaroo down, sport
Tie me kangaroo down
Tie me kangaroo down, sport
Tie me kangaroo down

Keep me cockatoo cool, Curl,
Keep me cockatoo cool
Ah, don't go acting the fool, Curl
Just keep me cockatoo cool
Altogether now!


'n' take me koala back, Jack
Take me koala back
He lives somewhere out on the track, Mac
So take me koala back
Altogether now!


Let me abos go loose, Lew
Let me abos go loose
They're of no further use, Lew
So let me abos go loose
Altogether now!


And mind me platypus duck, Bill
Mind me platypus duck
Ah, don't let 'im go running amok, Bill
Just mind me platypus duck
Altogether now!


Play your didgeridoo, Blue
Play your didgeridoo
Ah, like, keep playin' 'til I shoot thru, Blue
Play your didgeridoo
Altogether now


Tan me hide when I'm dead, Fred
Tan me hide when I'm dead
So we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde
And that's it hangin' on the shed!!
Altogether now


Transcribed by Robin Hood

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    UnregisteredJul 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm
    Google 'tie me kanagroo down sport' > go to the wiki page - it covers all the actual meaning of it.
  • U
    UnregisteredJun 7, 2012 at 8:41 am
    It outlines a ballad of a 'farmer' telling his 'workmate' to tie his kangaroo down so he doesn't jump on him.

    Re: brooke, 14
  • U
    UnregisteredApr 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    The version i remember said
    "let me abos go loose, bruce" etc

    Also, wasn't there another verse:

    Leave me this flannel shirt, bert
    Leave me this flannel shirt
    A new one'd show up the dirt, bert
    So leave me this flannel shirt
  • U
    UnregisteredMar 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm
    When i was younger like in year 2 i sang this to the whole of the school with my class and really enjoyed it
  • U
    UnregisteredFeb 26, 2012 at 8:15 am
    Does it matter? It was a fun song when fun nonsense songs like this were popular. There are a few jokes and plays on words like "platypus duck bill" which was exactly how australia was seen in europe at the time. As for channeling harry belafonte and reggae, that was the wobble board,another bit of fun! The prime example of inappropriate music is "my boomerang won't come back", sung to a backing track that usually identifies red indians in cowboy movies.
    Its a bit of fun.

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