Phyl Lobl




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A Herringbone Shed is a type of milking shed named for the arrangement of the bails. Dairy farming is no longer very profitable for small Australian farmers in Tasmania. Good farming land is in danger of being sold off to either big business or other countries.

Farming Life

Words & Music: Phyl Lobl

I came to the country not planning to stay,
Just came to teach then go away,
I met a farmer, wed to the land,
Now I'm his wife and I'm lending a hand.

I'm terrified of tractors, petrified of ploughs,
But I'm grateful for gum boots and comfortable with cows.

To me Herringbone was just one sewing stitch
I know now it's how you can never get rich,
It' s a sticky, reeky, mucky, leaky, muddy milking shed
That I have to be in instead of my bed.

We put in shed music some good rock and roll,
Then had to remove it, they lost all control,
They's twist, turn and gyrate and shake well the udder,
We never got milk we just got instant butter,

We changed to fine music, advised by the vet,
Now our cows were so cultured it's Yoghurt we get.
It comes in such flavours as Mozart and Strauss,
But De Puss thinks Debussy?s de best from de cows.

We put in a TV that was a mistake
The bull got so star struck no heifer he'd take,
He went out on strike, in fact out of service.
He wanted a breeding role in "Country Practice".

He went back in service and showed good dispatch
When we tried out the channel that showed "Perfect Match",
But the news made him nervous, with cows that aren't maids
He's insisting on condoms, he doesn't want aids.

It's not Valentino, might make us bail out.
It's high rates, low prices and big boys with clout,
They are the reasons we can't sleep at night,
But we won't give up farming without a good fight.

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