Scrumptious Young Girls


Danny Spooner, Gorgeous, Game Girls, 2013


Another of Thatcher's offerings, this song reflects how things were changing on the goldfields by the 1860s. The numbers of womenfolk were growing, and as towns grew more prosperous they tried to move away from the image of the Roaring Days; to appear more civilized. Thatcher, who enjoyed the company of women, saw their contribution to the civilizing of the goldfields societies as evident.

Scrumptious young girls, oh, you're togged out so finely
Adorning the diggings so charming and gay;
With your beautiful smiles, oh, you look so divinely,
That lovers crowd around you their homage for to pay.
Australia may yield her profuse golden treasure
And her bright sunny skies shine with radiance too;
But women alone can afford us real pleasure -
Say what would the goldfields now be without you.

Scrumptious young girls, oh, you're togged out so finely
Adorning the diggings so charming and gay;
With your beautiful smiles, oh, you look so divinely,
That lovers crowd around you their homage for to pay.
Gals, gals, glorious gals, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful,
Scrumptious young girls.

Scrumptious young girls thanks to free emigration
Out to this country for husbands you fly;
Mrs Chisholm we look on with great veneration,
Because she's kept up such a constant supply.
Five years ago and how dull was this quarter,
And how monotonous, too, was the life;
The sight of a female then made our mouths water,
And only rich diggers could pick up a wife.

Scrumptious young girls, oh, how flash you are growing,
Quiet print dresses you've laid on the shelf:
Wearing rich satins and silks thereby showing
That each of you thinks no small beer of herself.
Balls and casinos and concerts frequenting,
Still may you flourish so queenly and grand:
And ever such charming new pleasures inventing,
Grace with your presence this fair golden land.


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