Dear Betty: re Dear John [FT]

Dear Betty: re Dear John [FT]

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Tim sez: for the Australians of a Certain Age who will understand immediately. Too difficult to explain for others.. One shot recording, no I'm not singing it too fast, I need to learn the words. Not to mention the music.

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DEAR BETTY: RE DEAR JOHN
Words & Music Copyright © 2020 Andrew Male and TJ Fatchen All Rights Reserved APRA-AMCOS

Dear Betty,

RECIT
I haven’t written for a while,
Must apologise,
We’ve been busy as one-armed bricklayers
Would not believe your eyes

I know you’ve got your work cut out,
I’ll keep it short, and then I’m off
But down here in Australia, Bett,
We’ve all had a gutsful of Gough

VERSE 1
Now I understand that you’re the Queen,
With better things to do,
And he could save us all some work
If he’d just piss-off, shoot through

But he can’t get it through that scone of his,
He’s made some dreadful blues
Gough needs the Don’t Come Monday
And that needs to come from you

CHORUS
Jeez don’t I know it’s a terrible show
Full of things we’ll always regret
But the line he won’t toe
Gough’s gotta go
And that’s gotta come from you, Bett, Bett,
The line he won’t toe
Gough’s gotta go
That's gotta come from you, Bett,
Bett, you bet

VERSE 2
He’s got some mates in the Emirates
Started a hell of a Barney...
Just got on the phone, teed up a loan
With a bludger called Khemlani

Anyhow Australia won’t forget you Bett
You’ve been a damned good Queen to us
Perhaps you could call him to London
Perhaps ease him under a bus?

CHORUS
Jeez don’t I know it’s a terrible show
Full of things we’ll always regret
But the line he won’t toe
Gough’s gotta go
And that’s gotta come from you, Bett, Bett,
The line he won’t toe
Gough’s gotta go
That's gotta come from you, Bett,
Bett, you bet

VERSE 3 half instrumental

I don't know why you haven't grabbed the phone Bett
And done my dirty work for me
You're failing in your queenly duty
I need, I want it done, can't you see?

TWISTED CHORUS
Jeez I don’t know it was a terrible show
And the push I’ll always regret
But Mal's line he wouldn’t toe
Gough just had to go
But you didn't help me out, Bett, Bett,
Mal's line he wouldn’t toe
Gough just had to go
But you didn't help me out, Bett, Bett,
You didn't help me out, dead set,
That's why >>I << shoved Gough off the cliff,
Bett, Bett, you bet.

EXTRO RECIT
“Just thinking back about things, Bett
And things down here could be better
Would you mind ducking down to the Mail Room,
And burning my previous letters?“



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Comments

coolparadiso's picture

very topical re the release of the letters. very entertaining gee Tim I remember songs in this style when i was kid! Mum loved um. this gave me a Tuesday arvo smile! beware of what you wish for eh! well done guys more more more

otagoseaburial's picture

Hey Tim,
The first thing I ever had published in an Australian magazine, well, I’d spent months on writing it and was really happy with the way it was gently edited. Then I moved on and left those words to their fate.
The day I saw the finished magazine, the following week, I saw my words had been graced with the most beautiful, stand-first, headline, cartoon-art and lay-out.
It took what I was thinking I was writing to an entirely new and way better level. It also took my breath.
I never forgot that day.
Hearing this and your virtuous flourishes just gave me some of that day back.
It’s just terrific mate.
It’s fun and it’s just slightly dark, but then it’s mad, and then it is all wrapped up in Cellotape, which I really love.
Thanks for turning it up.
Cheers
Andrew Male

jeustan's picture

Cheers from America. It can't get much worse, haha, right?

I am a big fan of this. You've done some work that is completely new to me and I'm inspired. How did you fit that many words in under three minutes and pull it off with ease?

ductapeguy's picture

Setting this tale in the late 19th century Music Hall style highlights the tension in the story between crown and colony. I must confess, as a Canadian, I was completely unaware of this fascinating bit of Australian history. But our government is structured the same, and we currently have a minority government, so I was able to quickly understand what was going on. Your vocal performance here is spot on- equally conversational, and virtuosic.