Shout for Jimmy

Words & Music: Phyl Lobl

One topic that linked the women of the West Coast and the East Coast was the problem of alcohol. The advertising outside and inside pubs use the name "Jimmy" for strong drink and personify beer as a mate who can perform great tricks. "Jimmy is waiting inside", "Jimmy can make fish leave water", "Three cheers for Jimmy, he can make toes open and shut".

The "Under the Dog Act" was an Act of Parliament used last century to permit innkeepers to report over consumption to police. Wives used to ask for it to be used on drunken husbands.