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“A model for greater ‘Mateship’
in the modern Australian
school and workplace.”

No other song captures better the Australian spirit of ‘mateship’ – “one who’ll plug for two” – billjim1plugs42 – no matter if you’re male or female, or where your ancestors came from – it’s the ultimate Fair Dinkum Theme Song for the Anzac Centenary. Indeed, it’s literally the dark horse in the legitimate National Anthem stakes.

This page is to help you with making your versions of The Billjim Song.
The template video below has only music – no vocals.

The Billjim Song – For Your Mix
(before vocals (3m28s, 14.3 Mb, 16iii)

Share Epic Mix: http://youtu.be/tphh9BKGXXc

Movements

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.
Let us know if you need any help: billjim1plugs42@gmail.com

Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AnzacCentenary
(Yep, we beat the Government to the Twitter username, in fact we were the ones back in early 2010 who had sent letters to Canberra telling them to get a move on.)

Here are some images that you can use:

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Closeup:

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1 DOWN to it is Plugger Bill 27i

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2 They ave out Bill at last

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3 Mates we was when we was kids

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Billjim at Sea 30i

( http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/514725 )

AOA Egypt Pyramids Dec 1914

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Title Waler NSW

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4 Then it was we took a touch

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5 Boilin’, fryin’, achin’, dumb

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6 When they come to lift my head

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7 But he isn’t kiddin’ now

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Bill n Jim Egypt 1915

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8 Mate o’ mine, yiv stayed it through

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Home I know shes living there

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Home I know shes living there

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Commentary

As for the music intro the first 24 seconds is the heroic sarabande, then:
• s1 ‘Down’ – we are told straight off that Bill has taken a hit, and the closeness to his best mate Jim,
• s2 ‘Confirmed’ – that it’s a kill.
• s3 ‘Flashback’ – to when they were kids, first arriving in Egypt (1915) the Pyramids, then (after Beersheba and Jerusalem) they’re just short of the finishing post, Damascus’ door, just like the many conquerors, like Timur (aka Tamburlaine [Timur the lame] the Great 1401) of the world’s oldest continuing city.
What a tribute to Damascans to hold their culture together for thousands of years, while others came and went. On the 1 October 2018 Centenary, wouldn’t it be appropriate for Australians to fund the establishment in Damascus of something to commemorate mateship between our 2 countries, maybe an annual soccer match, with proceeds going to a special school.
• s4 ‘Recount’ – the incident of the seemingly harmless fatal shot. We are halfway through the epic.
2nd Half – Apotheosis of Billjim mateship
• s5 ‘Aftermath’ (2:04 into the song) – we can imagine them stranded in the desert. Now comes the first act of mateship, as incredibly thirsty as they are, unbeknowns to each other, each is saving his last ‘arf a cup of water for the other.
• s6 ‘Kiddin’ Dead’ – the medics arrive. The second act of mateship – Jim pretending to be dead so they will take on Bill first.
• s7 ‘Dreams’ – But alas, Bill isn’t kidding too, this time. They had dreams of being mates for ever.
Bill ‘n’ Jim Egypt 1915
• s8 ‘BILLJIM 1PLUGS42’ – now we come to the climax of what true mateship means…

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Billjim not Digger article 11 Feb 1936

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Don’t forget to add credits. e.g. pupil and teacher names, class, school; and also:

Title: Billjim
Lyrics – Public Domain Poetry
http://www.public-domain-poetry.com/edward-dyson
Composed c.1918 by Edward Dyson (1865 – 1931)
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/dyson-edward-george-6073

Here are the lyrics if you need to copy and paste:

BILLJIM
Edward Dyson (1865-1931)

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,
Patiently.
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 wa s 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!

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Also as a pdf file: The Billjim Song Text 26i

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’]

~Lest some of us forget~

Peter & Tara (11 yo) Hogan
Billjim Pluggers
PO Box 1
Potts Point NSW 1335
billjim1plugs42@gmail.com
http://billjim1plugs42.com

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