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Posted By: JennyO
15-Jul-03 - 08:41 AM
Thread Name: Weed songs
Subject: Lyr Add: MARIJUANA AUSTRALIANA
There's a song I've heard around a lot that I first heard sung by the Bushwackers a long time ago, called "MARIJUANA AUSTRALIANA" I had incredible trouble finding the lyrics anywhere though. The best I could do was this. Here is a link to that site.

Marijuana Australiana


The person who posted these lyrics seemed to be having trouble with one word. Personally, I think the line is
"It's the greatest craze since the Tivoli days",
as in the Tivoli Theatre. Here is part of what they say, and their lyrics:

A song written by a man named Brendan Hanley, aka Mook Bahoo. It was first recorded by Australian folk group The Bushwackers in 1981 for their album Faces In The Street.
In the liner notes of that album, it is written:

This song has been written for inclusion in a Nimbin musical production about the joys of smoking pot, so obviously the performance of this song often caused a fuss with the conservatives.

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Have you heard the word about the herb superb?
You can take it from an ocker like me
Just take a toke for a bit of a joke and you're outta ya coolibah tree
And the bloke next door who wants to call the cops
'Cause you're smilin' and lookin' happy
He should plant a few seeds
Grow a few weeds
And the world don't look so crappy

Talk about
Marijuana Australiana
Cheaper than booze
Safer than pills
Make you sing like Frank Sinatra
Marijuana
Definitely top banana
It's the greatest craze since the tibbeldy days
You can buy it from your nearest farmer

I was layin' a rave on this cocky
about changin' some of our laws
I said,
"you know, they arrest us folks with grass
and they lock us up indoors"
He said,
"serves you right for smokin' that crap it leads you to the harder stuff"
But then I found he was growin'
a whole plantation
'cause life on the land's a bit tough

Growin' that
Marijuana Australiana
Cheaper than booze
Safer than pills
Make you sing like Norman Gunston
Marijuana
Definitely top banana
It's the greatest craze since the dibbeldy days
You can buy it from your nearest farmer

(Spoken)
Well I suppose
Some of you want to know
Where you can get a deal of good, sticky head
Well I'm pleased to tell ya
That there's one in every town
Only the other day
I bought a policeman's boot
Full of sticky head / full of hash oil
For three thousand dollars
Yes folks
From Hobart to Darwin
Just go to the local cop shops
Bondi Beach
From Fremantle to Footscray
From Albury to Wodonga
To Griffiths
Wherever the police peer into your garden
Even the dogs in the street know...

The drug squad
They have the best
They pinch from the people they bust
And they'll sell you some
For a bloody great profit
If you can't find one you can trust
And apart from that
All the doctors
They gotta keep up the country's tax
So when the pills and the grog start to rot your old body
Got a much better way to relax

Smokin' that
Marijuana Australiana
Cheaper than booze
Safer than pills
Make you sing like Joan Sutherland
Marijuana
Definitely top banana
It's the greatest craze since the tribbeldy days
You can buy it from your nearest farmer

(chanted)
Smoke a reefer
Smoke a reefer
Smoke a reefer
Smoke a reefer

Now I'm not saying you should smoke the old grass
It'll stuff up your lungs
And smokin',
It makes you old and sick instead of healthy and young
(have a bong!)
But plant a few seeds
Grow a few weeds
Rip off a head or two
And boil up the billy for a cup of herbal tea
You'll get the right point of view

smokin' that
Marijuana Australiana
Cheaper than booze
Safer than pills
Make you sing like Kamahl
Marijuana
Definitely top banana
It's the greatest craze since the ribaldry days
You can buy it from your nearest farmer

Smokin' that
Marijuana Australiana
Cheaper than booze
Safer than pills
Make you sing like the birds in spring
Marijuana
Definitely top banana
It's the greatest craze since the triple d days
You can buy it from your nearest farmer

It's the greatest craze since the tibbeldy days
You can buy it from your nearest farmer

- Copyright 1981 B. Hanley