Australians have a reputation for loving their beer. I had no idea of the depth of their passion until I recently acquired a few CDs that features Australian drinking songs. These are not songs like Waltzing Matilda that are easy to sing and thus popular at parties and in pubs. They are songs that directly and fulsomely praise beer and the act of drinking to the point of venerating both and the Monty Python troupe added to the narrative of the Aussie passion for beer (and their supposed preference for the name Bruce) in these sketches here and here.
This CD collection contains of course the classic song The Pub With No Beer that tells the tragic story of a remote town whose only pub has run out of beer. Here’s Slim Dusty, the person who first recorded the song in 1957, in a live performance.
The title of this post comes from another paean to beer and drinking by Ted Egan. He refers to drinkers in the Northern Territory but the song in my collection replaces the phrase “in the Northern Territory” in the chorus with the more encompassing “down under, yes sirree”.