The Tiny Shiny Bum Songbook

Work Songs of the Public Service

as performed by the

Shiny Bum Singers

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The Tiny Shiny Bum Songbook, A5, 20pp. ISBN 1 876668 00 8. Price: $5.00 (Australian dollars)

The Shiny Bum Singers made their debut to packed houses at the National Folk Festival in Canberra at Easter, 1999. This book contains the words of the songs from this performance, photographs of the group in action, and a Preamble.

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The songs in this book are:

Work is Boring
Early One Morning
The Old IBM
O Freedom
The Last One in the Section
Coffee and Muffins
The Office Fridge
You'll Never Work Alone
Black Velvet Band
Freedom of Info
Hallelujah Shiny Bums!
Ye Economic Rationalists

Here is one of the songs.

The Office Fridge

Tune: The Red Flag (O Tannenbaum, O Christmas Tree)

The office fridge is full of slime,
No-one has cleaned it in our time,
The shelves a feast of green and grey -
And what's that lurking in the tray?

So raise the putrid morsel high
To throw it out, or eat and die?
Though gourmets flinch and drinkers sneer,
We'll use our fridge for more than beer.

A squelchy bag of nameless gunk,
A hardened roll falls with a clunk.
A long-lost lunch, its fate is plain,
Let mankind's loss be compost's gain.


There is milk but no-one's keen -
Fluorescent pink and lurid green.
A blackened lump, right up the back,
Provides a salmonella snack.


The ice amid the freezer's ooze
Is broken glass that once held booze.
A reaching hand, one finger less
The final colour in the mess.


Copyright David Walker, 1999

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