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We don't know how lucky we are! *
By Fred Dagg.
The lyrics for the old and new versions - apologies for copyright.

The Original Version

Source: "Fred Dagg Live", performing at the Christchurch town hall, about 1975.

I was speaking to a mate of mine
just the other day
A guy called Bruce Bayliss actually
who lives up our way
He's been living in Europe
for the year, more or less
I said "How was Europe, Bruce?"
He says "Fred, it's a mess"

We don't know how lucky we are, mate.
We don't know how lucky we are!

I was down the Plough and Chequebook
the night before last
There's a guy down there on the floor
with his brain at half-mast
I said "You're looking really bad mate
your eyes look like strings"
He says "Get me an eight will you please
I can't see a thing"

We don't know how lucky we are, mate.
We don't know how lucky we are!

Me stock agent's got a beach place
where he spends most of his days
His wife bit the dust down there last year
got eaten by a couple of crays
And his two littlest daughters
got killed by a whale
I said "Are you going down there this year mate?"
He says "Fred, right on the nail"

"We don't know how fortunate we are to have that place
We don't know how propitious are the circumstances Frederick"

So if things are looking really bad
you're thinking of givin' it away
Remember New Zealand's a cracker
and I reckon come what may
If things get appallingly bad
and we all get atrociously poor
If we stand in the queue with our hats on
we can borrow a few million more
We don't know how lucky we are, mate
We don't know how lucky we are

We don't know how lucky we are, mate.
We don't know how lucky we are!
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The New Version

Source: Album: Fred Dagg (Anthology) Released 2000

At the dawn of the day, in the great Southern Ocean
Where the worldís greatest fish was being landed
And the boat they were pulling it into was sinking
And the sea was quite lumpy, and the weather was foul
And the bloke with the map was as pissed as an owl
And the boys called out ďMaui, ya clown, let it goĒ
In the noise he reached down for his grandmotherís jawbone
 and he winked at his mates and he said
ďBoys, we donít know how lucky we areĒ
ďI have a feeling I have stumbled on something substantial.Ē

We donít know how lucky we are
We donít know how lucky we are
We donít know how lucky we are
We donít know how lucky we are

I was speaking to a mate of mine, just the other day
A bloke called Bruce Bayliss who, lives up our way
Heís been round the world on an 8th army do for a year, more or less
I said ďDescribe the global position, BruceĒ
He said ďFred, itís a mess.
We donít know how lucky we are in this country.
We donít know how lucky we are.

We donít know how lucky we are
We donít know how lucky we are

Thereís a guy I know who lives in town
I see him about once a year I suppose
Heís had a coronary since Easter
Heís got a haemorrhage in his ear
He went bankrupt a couple of weeks back
And now his wifeís left him too
I said ďYouíre looking hot mate,
Youíre looking clear, what are ya gonna do?Ē
He said ďWe donít know how lucky we are
To live in this joint mate"

We donít know how lucky we are
We donít know how lucky we are

So when things are looking really bad
And youíre thinking of giving it a way
Remember, New Zealandís a cracker
And I reckon come what may
If things get appallingly bad
And weíre all under constant attack
Remember, we want to see good clean ball
And for godís sakes, feed your backs
We donít how fortunate we are to have that place
We donít know how propitious are the circumstances.

We donít know how lucky we are, mate
We donít know how lucky we are

We donít know how lucky we are, get it right
We just donít realise how fortunate we are
We have no idea, the luck, we possess, collectively
We just donít know how lucky we all are. Full stop.

 
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