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THANK 'EM FOR AUSSIE WINE

From

MAIDEN VOYAGE
An Australian Song Cycle

Words and Music: Lorraine Milne

Arranged for 3-part female choir
Copyright © 1997 / 2013

The lyrics

Chorus: Get off your arse and plant the vine,
You must decline from drinking the wine,
Get off your arse and plant the vine,
It's time!


1. The women of Germany, Italy, France,
Shipped to Australia, most likely by chance.
They went to the valleys and there with their men,
Planted the vines, praise the Lord and Amen.
Nurtured an industry – World without End,
So thank 'em for Aussie wine!


Chorus: Get on your knees to snip the fruit,
You can't vamoose to sip the juice,
Get on your knees to snip the fruit,
It's time!

2. The women of Germany, Italy, Spain,
Delivered their children in foreign terrain.
Those children grew up in a different clime,
Learnt of the bush as they learnt of the vine,
Sing hallelujah and time after time,
Thank 'em for Aussie wine!

Chorus: Get off your arse and plant the vine,
You must decline from drinking the wine,
Get off your arse and plant the vine....

Get on your knees to snip the fruit,
You can't vamoose to sip the juice,
Get on your knees to snip the fruit,
................................IT'S TIME!

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The story

Thank ‘em for Aussie Wine gives a cheeky nod to post WW2 migrants from countries such as Italy, Germany and Spain who contributed to the development and expansion of Australian wine growing, helping to make it into the world-class industry it is today.