- Wombat Shuffle
The Wombat Shuffle
(Gary L Mac Leman - December 1986 & 2001)

There’s a wombat in my dope crop and he doesn’t want to leave,
he’s eaten up a hundred grand and I’m startin’ to grieve,
I don’t want to shoot him and the dog don’t want to know,
there must be some damned way I can get that wombat to go.

So do that wombat shuffle, hope your claws catch in your nose,
yeh, do that wombat shuffle and shuffle down the road.

He came in near a week ago when the skies were grey with rain,
at fourteen or fifteen pounds a day he oughta’ be off his brain,
I don’t want to shoot him and the dog still don’t want to know,
there must be some damned way I can get that wombat to go.

So do that wombat shuffle, hope your claws catch in your nose,
yeh, do that wombat shuffle and shuffle down the road.

Dave went to the bathroom, just to take a leak,
the wombat he came scuttling’ across the floor, straight for Dave’s
feet,
when a wombat he gets hungry, sure everybody knows,
there’s nothing’ that will drive him wild like Dave’s little wiggly toes.

So do that Wombat shuffle, hope your claws catch in your nose,
yeh, do that wombat shuffle and shuffle down the road,
shuffle down the road, shuffle down the road.
The tale of the 'Wombat Shuffle,' began way back in
1986 when I wrote the first two verses, near Swan Reach in
South Australia. Until we toured Asia & Australia in
2001, it was gigged as a two verse song, which seemed
grand at the time.
Early in 2001, we stayed up on a mountain in Gippsland,
visiting with good friends we'd known from Clonakilty and
had since moved to Australia. Lots was drunk that night,
some mighty fine wine, 'twas a great re-union to say the
least. Some time in the wee small hours, Dave's dodgy
bladder let him down yet again and he headed off to the
loo.
Meanwhile, Penned in the toilet with a two foot high lump of
ply was Prince William the young and lusty male wombat.
Dave simply stepped over the barrier and did his business
as usual, but Prince William awoke and for some reason,
known only to his own little wombat's brain, decided to take
exception and an instant dislike to the visitor to his space,
and in particular Dave's toes. As the wombat lunged
initially, Dave simply stepped over the high barrier and
walked off to his boudiour..............But................. Prince
William lepped up over the barricade and lit out after Dave,
slipping and scrabbling on the slippery wooden floor. The
commotion awoke us, but we stayed where we were, behind
locked doors, and chuckled. Round and round the house
they went, Dave easily able to use his superior traction to
place distance between them, but with Prince William never
giving up but constantly headed for Dave's toes, for a bit
of an early morning snack.
Dave survived of course, and we did the gig at Briagalong  
the following night with a third verse to the song for the first
time, and it's still there. The best verse by far! It's the verse
just after the saxaphone solo played by John Cullinane,
but that then is another story, eh John.
Lyrics
Wild Wild Ride
(Gary L Mac Leman-December 2001/July2002 /
September2002 /July 2003/September 2003)

Take my hand and lead me to the shore.
Across the sand to where the oceans roar.
Maybe we’ll shed our skin.
Join the flooding tide.
Take me on a wild wild ride.
Take me on a wild wild ride.
Maybe we’ll shed our skin.
Join the flooding tide.
Take me on a wild wild ride.
Take me on a wild wild ride.
Take me on a wild wild ride.
The Magicians cloak
(Gary L Mac leman- December 1986 & 2001)

This air was written right after meeting with Merlin (Richard
Harris) at Tintagel at the old castle there in 2001. We walked
into the deserted looking castle and as we entered one of the
courtyards, Merlin suddenly appeared above us and passed us
coming down some stone stairs. He stood by a low stone wall
and gazed absently out over the western ocean before eventually
being joined by the BBC film crew etc. Said hello to him that
night at one of the local pubs. Tune is for him, there is a song
and a poem whcih go with the air, but they weren't included on
the CD. I'll release them one of these days. A sound man he
seemed, shame I never got to know him better.