Firing Up the Bolinder by Dusty Miller Once a jolly boatman tied along the Bugbrooke Pound Under the shade of an old elm tree And he sang as he watched as he waited till his kettle boiled Who’ll come and fire up the Bolinder with me? Chorus: Fire up the Bolinder, fire up the Bolinder, Who’ll come and fire up the Bolinder with me? And he sang as he watched as he waited till his kettle boiled, Who’ll come and fire up the Bolinder with me? Down came some pheasants to drink at the water’s edge Up jumped the boatman and grabbed them with glee, And he sang as he stowed them down in the engine hole, You’ll come and fire up the Bolinder with me. Chorus: You’ll come ... etc Down came the farmer along side his gamekeeper, Down came the policemen, two, three and four, Where’s that brace of pheasants you hid in your engine hole, You’ll go and fire up your Bolinder no more. Chorus: Up leaped the boatman and jumped into the old canal, Drowning himself by the old elm tree And his ghost may be heard as you boat along the Bugbrooke Pound, Who’ll come and fire up the Bolinder with me? Chorus: Dusty Miller wrote this having been inspired by Dave Illingworth. Both offer apologies to the great 'Banjo' Paterson who wrote the song upon which this is based - 'Waltzing Matilda'.
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