Butman, founder of Melbourne, is quoted as saying, as he looked at the Yarra Yarra river: 'This is the place for a village'.
If you stand beside the Tiber Where it splashes on the rocks You can feel the ancient history Come soaking through your socks But I'm no man to give a damn For others' rape and pillage The bloody muddy Yarra is The place I'd build my 'village'.
Have you seen the Coliseum Where the plebs would get a treat Watching hungry bloody Christians Being given lions to eat? But for me the Melbourne Cricket Ground Is calling calling calling With all those blokes from Pommieland Their bloody wickets falling.
The plains of bloody Lombardy We're led to understand Are famous for their poplar trees So tall and straight and grand That's dinkum for the Ities The tree for me, old chum, A dirty great big sticky Aussie eucalyptus gum.
There's quite a lot of beautiful Ragazzas here in Rome Attractive till they start to talk Just like the birds at home I dunno what they're saying And I do not bloody care I guess a sheila is a sheila Any bloody where.
- From Oasis into Italy -- Shepheard-Walwyn Ltd (1983)