"Jimmy Sharman's Boxers" as written by Martin Rotsey, Peter Gifford, Robert Hirst, James Moginie and Peter Garrett....
From the red dust north of Dalmore Downs
Sharman's tents roll into town
Twelve will face the auctioneer
Sharman's Boxers stand their ground
Their days are darker than your nights
But they won't be the first to fall
Children broken from their dreams
But they won't be the first to fall

Fighting in the spotlight
Eye's turn blacker than their skin
For Jimmy Sharman's boxers
It's no better if you win
Standing in the darkness
Lined up waiting for the bell
The days are wasted drinking
At the first and last hotel

Why are we fighting for this?
Why are you paying for this?
You pay to see me fall like shrapnel
To the floor
What is the reason for this?
There is a reason for this?
What is the reason they keep coming back for more?

The blows now bring him to his knees
But still the crowd calls out for more
The drums are burning in his ears
The man keeps counting out the score


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"Jimmy Sharman's Boxers" as written by Martin Rotsey James Moginie

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    General CommentJimmy Sharman established a boxing tent in 1911 where, for a fee, one could box a few, sometimes bloody, rounds with Aboriginal boxers that were employed by Sharman. Many felt that Sharman exploited the aboriginal boxers. Great song!
    monster36604on July 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSharman's story was more of a case where the road to hell was paved with good intentions. There really is no factual evidence to indicate that Sharman shamelessly exploited his aboriginal boxers. According to one account he did this "to get them out of the cycle of poverty they were in." The group toured all over Australia in the early part of the last century. The mainly white crowds, however, wanted to see the aborigines lose.
    quampon November 09, 2015   Link
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    MemoryI learn something new about the Oils every day! I always thought it was the Kangaroo Song! Yet another song of Australia's shameful pro-British anti-aboriginal history!
    rabbitbunnyon November 11, 2015   Link
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    MemoryI learn something new about the Oils every day! I always thought it was the Kangaroo Song! Yet another song of Australia's shameful pro-British anti-aboriginal history!
    rabbitbunnyon November 11, 2015   Link

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