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"Onward The Greyhounds"

(With apologies to A. B. Paterson)

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Words By Capt. E.H. Booth, 2/30 Bn. A.I.F., to the music of "Waltzing Matilda".

Once a jolly Colonel commanded a regiment,
Under the colours of Purple and Gold
''Faster and faster", was this unit's war cry
If you can't keep up, then you're too bloody old.

Chorus:
Onward the Greyhounds, Onward the Greyhounds,
Faster and faster, day by day.
We'll never be a failure, fighting for Australia,
Onward the Greyhounds and lead the way.

Now this jolly Colonel was not just an ordinary one,
He'd raise hell when things got slack,
Darker and darker grew the looks upon his face
So we called him "Old Black Jack".

Up to Tamworth went this jolly Colonel,
Up went the officers and the men,
"Hurry up the training before we leave for overseas"
But nobody knew just where and when.

Down to Bathurst came this jolly Colonel,
Down came the boys of the "Purple and Gold".
Started manoeuvres tramping 'round the countryside
Sleeping at nights where it's too bloody cold.

Off to Orange went this noble Regiment,
Over the hills we loved to roam,
All the lovely ladies showed us hospitality
And broken hearts when we turned for home.

Then, like a flash there came the news of final leave,
Off sailed the "Greyhounds" overseas,
Carried by the Dutchman on the "Oldenbarnevelt"
Let's give three cheers for such men as these.

Into action went this noble Regiment;
You'll never catch us alive cried they.
And their ghosts may be heard as you pass by their battlefields,
Onward the Greyhounds and lead the way.

Final Chorus:
Onward the Greyhounds, Onward the Greyhounds,
Faster and faster day by day.
We have not been a failure, fighting for Australia,
Onward the Greyhounds and lead the way.

(Source: 2/30 Battalion Archives)

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