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This is the ultimate Fair Dinkum Theme Song for the Anzac Centenary – The Billjim Song. No other song captures better the Australian spirit of ‘mateship’ – billjim1plugs42 – no matter if you’re male or female, or where your ancestors came from.
(See details of our Billjim Prospectus on the Home page.)

Help us get it played on the radio – a famous Australian musician is very interested in composing original music. It would be perfect for any radio station with a PR problem (like TODAY FM!) that wants to show it is fair dinkum – once a week (on The Kyle & Jackie O Show) 3 listeners could recite their version of The Billjim Song, and then listeners could vote the best rendition (on the station’s website, iphone app, etc).

Anyway, do your own mix – here is a special help page:
The Billjim Song – For Your Mix
Just add your vocals – we especially encourage organizations who want to show they are into the spirit, and school classes – then upload to Youtube,  perhaps we might have a competition with a prize. 

Billjim1plugs42 Mateship Anzac Centenary

Lyrics as pdf file: The Billjim Song Text 26i

Edward Dyson

DOWN to it is Plugger Bill,
Lyin’ crumpled, white ’n’ still.
Me ’n’ him
Chips in when the scrap begins,
Carin’ nothin’ for our skins,
Chi-iked as the ’Eavenly Twins—
Bill ’n’ Jim.

They ’ave outed Bill at last,
Slugged me cobber hard ’n’ fast.
It’s a kill.
See the purple of his lip
’N’ the red ’n’ oozy drip!
Ends our great ole partnership—
Jim ’n’ Bill

Mates we was when we was kids;
Camp, ’n’ ship, ’n’ Pyramids,
Him ’n’ me
Hung together, ’n’ we tore
Victors to Damascus’ door,
With our Walers, Mounted Corps,
Timur be!

Then it was we took a touch—
Simple puncture, nothin’ much;
But we lay ’N’ we stays the count, it seems,
In a sorter realm of dreams
Where the sun infernal gleams
Night ’n’ day;

Boilin’, fryin’, achin’, dumb,
Waitin’ till the stretchers come,
I hangs on to ’arf a cup.
Which I wants ole Bill to sup.
Damn if he ain’t savin’ up
His for me!

When they come to lift my head,
I am softly kiddin’ dead,
For a game,
So’s they’ll first take on his gills.
Over, though, me scheme he spills—
Bli’me, this ole take-down Bill’s
Done the same!

But he isn’t kiddin’ now,
And it knocks me anyhow
Seein’ him.
We was both agreed before,
Though it got ’em by the score,
Two was goin’ to beat this war—
Bill ’n’ Jim.

Mate o’ mine, yiv stayed it through.
Hard luck, Bill—for me ’n’ you
Hard ’n’ grim.
They have got me Cobber true,
But I’m stickin’ tight ez glue….
Bill, there’s one who’ll plug for two—

It is Jim!


Edward Dyson uses 7-line stanzas (septet)
rhyming: aabcccb
a&c: 7 syllables; b: 3 syllables.
So that also helps with memorizing – knowing which lines rhyme, and if you’re not sure you have a line right you can count the syllables (on your fingers).

“Chi-iked”: to tease, a greeting. Pron., remembering it takes 2 syllables: ch.eye – eye.ked (i.e. double long ‘i’ vowel) Esp. as a noisy, mocking group greeting. So here, other mates see Bill ‘n’ Jim coming and then all together in a noisy uproar, jeer: “Well, here comes the ‘eavenly twins!” [Also, ‘chyack’] 

Billjim at Sea 30i 

Public Domain Poetry
Composed c.1918 by Edward Dyson (1865 – 1931)

Edward Dyson Bio

Edward Dyson was born 4 March 1865 at Morrison, near Ballarat, in Victoria. He was the son of a mining engineer and elder brother to Will and Ambrose, both artists and writers. Edward followed his family around the goldfields of Victoria in his early years and left school at the age of 12 to become a hawker, and later a trucker in the mines of Victoria and Tasmania. He moved into writing and journalism while still in his teens and took up the editoriship of the Melbourne periodical Life at the age of 21. Throughout his working life he produced vast amounts of poetry, though his metier was the short story. His first collection of verse, Rhymes from the Mines and Other Lines was published in 1896, and was followed by a series of novels and short story collections. Edward Dyson died 22 August 1931 at Elwood, Melbourne…
More at
High Beach – Dyson Bibliography
An attempt to list the published works of the family of “Flash” George Arthur Dyson & E Jane Dyson nee Mayall (the daughter of Ambrose Mayall). Their sons included: Edward George Dyson (1865 – 1931), Ambrose Arthur Dyson (1876-1913) & William Henry Dyson (3rd September 1880-1938). Edward Ambrose Dyson (15 December 1908 – 26 November 1952) was the son of Ambrose Arthur Dyson.

Australian Dictionary of Biography

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