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Views on the dole have changed since the Thirties Depression. During the seventies there was less shame attached but some people took unfair advantage in claiming it and led many people to judge too harshly the kids who were at great disadvantage. It could have been Jimmy Newcastle or Jenny Wollongong or names from a host of places.

 

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JIMMY BLACKTOWN

Words & Music: Phyl Lobl

Me name is Jimmy Blacktown,
fifteen winters I have seen,
I'm just an average kind of kid
a jet age might have been.
Me Dad's a process worker
there's five of us to feed,
But there isn't any job for me.
A job is what I need.

Dole time for Jimmy
There's nothin' left in learnin'
Dole time for Jimmy
Time that I was earnin' my own keep.
I'm goin' cheap.


Its goin' on the dole I’ll be
and hangin' round the street.
The only transport that I've got
is these two bloody feet.
So I won't be out at Bondi
just floatin' in the sea.
The Public Transport costs too much
for a dole time kid like me.

Dole time for Jimmy
There's nothin' left in learnin'
Dole time for Jimmy
Time that I was earnin' my own keep.
I'm goin' cheap.


There's dole time kids from Manly
whose folks are doin' well
For them the dole is pocket money
keeps them livin' swell,
For me its family income
we all pitch in you see.
They're not getting' much assistance
from a dole time kid like me.

Dole time for Jimmy
There's nothin' left in learnin'
Dole time for Jimmy
Time that I was earnin' my own keep.
I'm goin' cheap.


So when you look at me with eyes
that say I'm human sludge,
I wish you’d think on further
before you try to judge.
Think of school time overcrowding,
teacher changes every week.
Latch key four o'clocks and angry quarrels
every time they speak.

Dole time for Jimmy
There's nothin' left in learnin'
Dole time for Jimmy
Time that I was earnin' my own keep.
I'm goin' cheap.

 

 

 
 
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