Friday, December 2, 2011

The Good Time Coming


Words: Unknown
Tune:  Henry Russell (The Good Time Coming)




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There's a good time coming, boys, a good time coming,
When it will it's hard to say but I hope it will be some day
This good time coming.
A comic song oft tells hard truth in place of weapons stronger,
So now I'm going in to win, wait a little longer.

There's a good time coming, boys, a good time coming,
Squatters shan't permitted be to overrun this colony
In this good time coming,
Our members shall not squabble then to show which is the stronger,
Nor sell themselves to gain a place - wait a little longer.


There's a good time coming, boys, a good time coming,
Shepherds in the bush shan't be fed on damper, chops and tea
In this good time coming,
Then bullock drivers shall not swear, or taste a drink that's stronger
Than ginger beer when on the road -  wait a little longer.

There's a good time coming, boys, a good time coming,
Camp officials shall have sense and not try to give offence
In this good time coming
Some magistrates too will be found with love of justice stronger
And also know a little law -  wait a little longer.

There's a good time coming, boys, a good time coming,
Not a shicer shall be sunk not a digger e'er seen drunk
In the good time coming
Jumpers too shall be laid by, the rule of fashion stronger,
Bell-toppers worn when down the holes -  wait a little longer.

There's a good time coming, a good time coming,
Cases, Courts of Mines decide, shan't dissatisfy any side,
In this good time coming,
Mails shan't be behind their time, both ships and engines stronger
Shall not break down, or run ashore, wait a little longer.

There's a good time coming, boys, a good time coming,
Railways to the diggings made will Cobb' Coaches throw in shade,
In the good time coming,
Stations shall be large and fine, embankments, too much stronger
In fact they'll beat the Geelong line - wait a little longer

There's a good time coming, boys, a good time coming,
Young colonials han't be seen with their ladies at thirteen,
In this good time coming,
English girls shan't be allowed, though love than fire is stronger,
To marry flash John Chinamen - wait a little longer.

There's a good time coming, boys, a good time coming,
Then no single ship that comes shall e'er land us more new chums,
In this good time coming,
But be searched in Hobson's Bay by the police made stronger
And new chums sent back overland - wait a little longer.


From Coxon's Comic Songster with a melody by Henry Russell (composer of A Fine Old English Gentleman).



3 comments:

  1. Whew! That's quite a tongue-twister. I'm still enjoying these recordings, John. Want to do another year?

    Take a look at this post at Mudcat:
    http://www.mudcat.org/Detail.CFM?messages__Message_ID=2323905

    THERE'S A GOOD TIME COMING
    Stephen Collins Foster, 1846

    1
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming:
    We may not live to see the day,
    But earth shall glisten in the ray.
    Of the good time coming
    Cannon bells may aid the truth,
    But thought's a weapon stronger;
    We'll win our battle by its aid;
    Wait a little longer.
    2
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming;
    The pen shall superced the sword,
    And right, not might, shall be the lord.
    In the good time coming;
    Worth, not birth, shall rule mankind,
    And be acknowledg'd stronger;
    The proper impulse has been giv'n;
    Wait a little longer.
    3
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    a good time coming;
    War in all mens eyes shall be
    A monster of inequity.
    In the good time coming,
    Nations shall not quarrel then,
    To prove which is stronger;
    Nor slaughter men for glory's sake;
    Wait a little longer.
    4
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming:
    Shameful rivalries of creed
    Shall not make the martyr bleed,
    In the good time coming.
    Religion shall be shorn of pride,
    And flourish all the stronger;
    And Charity shall trim her lamp;
    Wait a little longer.
    5
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming;
    And a poor man's family,
    Shall not be his misery.
    In the good time coming;
    Ev'ry child shall be a help,
    To make his right arm stronger;
    The happier he, the more he has;
    Wait a little longer.
    6
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming;
    Little children shall not toil
    Under, or above the soil.
    In the good time coming.
    But shall play in healthful fields,
    Till limbs and minds grow stronger;
    And ev'ry one shall read and write;
    Wait a little longer.
    7
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming;
    The people shall be temperate,
    And shall love instead of hate,
    In the good time coming.
    They shall use, and not abuse,
    And make all virtue stronger;
    The reformation has begun;
    Wait a little longer.
    8
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming;
    Let us aid it all we can,
    Ev'ry woman ev'ry man,
    The good time coming.
    Smallest helps, if rightly giv'n,
    Make the impulse stronger;
    'twill be strong enough one day;
    Wait a little longer.

    Sheet music first published by Peters & Field, Cincinnati; Peters & Webster, Louisville; and Firth, Pond & Hall, New York, 1846; "lines from the London Daily News; dedicated to Miss Mary D. Keller."
    Sheet music in American Memory and Lester S. Levy Collections.

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  2. One more - from this Mudcat Message:
    http://www.mudcat.org/detail.cfm?messages__Message_ID=1864860

    THERE'S A GOOD TIME COMING
    (music by Foster Words by Charles Mackay)
    To Miss Mary D. Keller, of Pittsburg, PA.
    Lines from the London Daily News.

    1.
    There'a a good time coming, boy's,
    A good time coming;
    We may not live to see the day,
    But earth shall glisten to the ray.
    Of the good time coming,
    Cannon balls may aid the truthm
    But thought's a weapon stronger;
    We'll win our battle by its aid;--
    Wait a little longer.

    2.
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming:
    The pen shall supersede the sword,
    And right, not might, shall be the lord,
    In the good time coming;
    Worth, not birth, shall rule mankind,
    And be acknowledg'd stronger;
    The proper impulse has been giv'n;
    Wait a little longer.

    3.
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming;
    War in all mens eyes shall be
    A monster of iniquity.
    In the good time coming,
    Nations shall not quarrel then,
    To prove which is the stronger;
    Nor slaughter men for glory's sake;--
    Wait a little longer.

    4.
    There's a good time coming, boy's,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming;
    Shameful rivalries of creed
    Shall not make the martyr bleed.
    In the good time coming,
    Religion shall be shorn of pride,
    And flourish all the longer;
    And Charity shall trim her lamp;--
    Wait a little longer.

    5.
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming;
    And a poor mans family,
    Shall not be his misery,
    In the good time coming;
    Ev'ry child shall be a help,
    To make his right arm stronger;
    The happier he, the more he has;
    Wait a little longer.

    6.
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming;
    Little children shall not toil
    Under, or above the soil.
    In the good time coming,
    But shall play in healthful fields,
    Till limbs and minds grow stronger;
    And ev'ry one shall read and write;--
    Wait a little longer.

    7.
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming;
    The people shall be temperate,
    And shall love instead of hate,
    In the good time coming.
    They shall use, and not abuse,
    And make all virtue stronger;
    The reformation has begun;--
    Wait a little longer.

    8.
    There's a good time coming, boys,
    A good time coming,
    A good time coming;
    Let us aid it all we can,
    Ev'ry woman ev'ry man,
    The good time coming.
    Smallest helps, if rightly giv'n,
    Make the impulse stronger;
    'Twill be strong enough one day;--
    Wait a little longer.

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  3. Thank Joe,
    So far as I can tell the songs are related but the melodies differ.
    Cheers,

    John

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