Fettling On The Line

A Song by Harry Robertson

Twenty years on fettling ganger on repairing line
Living in the bush camps working overtime
Underneath. the line each day six, hundred sleepers can we lay
Get into town, and blow our pay fettlers of the line

As- your carriage thunders by and we catch the ladies' eye
You can almost hear them, sigh for fettlers of the line
Were the boys who like some fun when our job of work is done
Look out township here we come from fettling on the line

On the fast main track we lay squares of iron bark to stay
Underneath, the slower line iron rounds are fine
In the scorching sun or rain twenty years they will remain
Safety for the speeding train iron bark on the line


Tune Traditional Swedish .
Written for an ABC Big Country film in 1971.

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