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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
156. Bound for Sourabaya!
 
By Charles Henry Souter
 
 
OH, the moon shines bright, and we sail to-night,
  And we’re bound for Sourabaya!
So it’s ‘Farewell, Jane!’ for we’re off again
  With the turning of the tide!
Oh, the Java girls haven’t got no curls,        5
  But they’ll meet us on the Praya,
And, Malay or Dutch, well, the odds ain’t much,
  And the ocean’s deep and wide!
 
We’re bound for Sourabaya, boys,
  Where the girls are kind and brown!        10
By the break of day we’ll be far away!
  Farewell to Sydney town!
 
Oh, the girls look glum, when the parting’s come,
  And we’re bound for Sourabaya!
And they weep and wail, cos’ the ship must sail        15
  With the turning of the tide!
But we soon forget, when our sheets are wet
  And the dancing dolphins play—ah,
And the gale pipes high in the mackerel sky,
  And the ocean’s deep and wide!        20
 
We’re bound for Sourabaya, boys,
  Where the girls are kind and brown,
And they hope and pray that we’ve come to stay!
  Farewell to Sydney town!
 
When the coin’s all gone, and the hatches on,        25
  And we’re bound for Sourabaya,
There’s a kiss for Nell, and a long farewell,
  With the turning of the tide!
But there’s not much wrong, and it don’t last long,
  Tho’ she mourns you for a day—ah!        30
And she wears no black if you don’t come back!
  For the ocean’s deep and wide!
 
And we’re bound for Sourabaya, boys,
  Where the girls are kind and brown,
So we’ll drink once more,        35
  While we’re on the shore,
    Farewell to Sydney town!
 

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