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Currency Lasses
Traditional Australian; 1832. Tune: "Irish Washerwoman"
notes: Currency Lads and Lasses were those colonial born in
Australia. Those born in the Mother Country were known as
Sterling. The Parramatta Female Factory was a large
prison/workhouse specifically to hold female convicts not assigned
as servants. It was also the place where the lower-class settlers
went to find a wife.
Currency Lasses

     D
The Currency Lads can fill up their glasses
     A
And drink to the health of the Currency Lasses
     D
The Lass I adore; the one for me
       G             A         D
Is the lass of the Female Factory

Molly’s her name – her name, it is Molly
 A
Although she was tried by the name of Polly
G            D                G          D
Tried and sentenced to death at Newry
    G              A             D
The Judge was bribed and so were the jury

She was sentenced to death at Newry Town
For stealing her mistresses watch and gown
Her little boy, Paddy, will tell you the tale
His Father is Turnkey at Newry Jail
The first time I saw this comely lass
I was at Parramatta, goin’ to Mass
Says I: I’ll marry you now in an hour
Says she: I’ll go and get Father Power

But I got into trouble that very same night
Being drunk on the street I got into a fight
A policeman came up and I gave him a box
I was put in the watch-house and then in the stocks
It’s very unpleasant as I remember
To sit in the stocks in the month of December
The win is so hot with the sun right o’er
Sure, it’s no place for a lover at all

It’s very unpleasant, says I, Mr. Dunn
For to sit here all day in the heat of the sun
Either that or a dollar, say’s he, for your folly
If I had a dollar I’d drink it with Molly
Now I’m out again, early and late
Crying outside of the Factory gate
Sayin’ Mrs. O’Reardon and Mrs. Muldoon
Won’t you let my Molly out very soon

And the Currency Lads can fill up their glasses
And drink to the health of the Currency Lasses
The Lass I adore; the one for me
Is the lass of the Female Factory