Here you will findÂ an mp3 of the song, a video for instrumentals to rehearse to as well as aÂ dancer’s rehearsal video. Note weÂ stop the song just before the spoken voice comes in at the end. I’ve editing the full dancing video to reflect this, so please use this one and not the youtube one to practice to.
Roles are below:
Colours for Instrumentalists
Performance date and time TBC.
Mp3 of Song
Rehearsal Video for Dancers
Rehearsal Video forÂ Instrumentalists (Drums, Boomwhackers)
We are playing boomwhackers and guitars for this pieceduring the chorus only. Notation and lyrics below.
For the rest of the song, we will beÂ miming a dramaÂ scenario about power as depicted in the songÂ (royalty vs servants). Those in the position of power will be wearing their Venentian masks as created in visualÂ arts.
Students will get a chance to have a go at parts (guitars, boomwhackers, miming)Â during class. Roles will be confirmed next lesson (Tues May 26th Period 6).Â We will be performing for the Multicultural Day assembly on Friday May 29th during school inshallah.
All the right friends in all the right places So yeah, we’re going down They’ve got All the right moves and all the right faces So yeah, we’re going down
With A Swag All On My ShoulderÂ -Â Traditional Australian Song
When first I left Old England’s shore (pointing out to sea)
Such yarns as we were told
As how folks in Australia
Could pick up lumps of gold (lift hands in the air)
So, when we got to Melbourne town (pointing out to sea)
We were ready soon to slip (fist pump to side)
And get even with the captain (shake finger, tsk-tsk, as though the audience is in trouble!)
All hands scuttled from the ship (scrub the deck with hands)
(pick up swag/sack/bag prop…)
With my swag all on my shoulder (have sack over shoulder)
Black billy in my handÂ (hold hand out in fist)
I travelled the bush of Australia (walk on the spot)
Like a true-born native manÂ (muscle pose)
(dropÂ swag/sack/bag prop at feet…)
We steered our course for Geelong townÂ (steer a ship)
Then north west to Ballarat
Where some of us got mighty thin (pencil pose – make yourself as thin as possible)
And some got sleek and fat (spread arms out, bow legs)
Some tried their luck at Bendigo (pretend to dig with shovel)
And some at Fiery Creek
I made a fortune in a day (count all your bills)
And spent it in a week (shrug shoulders)