Proud to be a scourer from Mataura

Today was Merle Haggard’s birthday,which would have passed me by had I not heard it mentioned on Breakfast  followed by the name of one of his songs, I’m Proud To Be An Okie from Muskogee.

That took me back to an Otago University capping show in 1970-something (five, six or seven?) when Jon Gadsby parodied it with I’m Proud To Be A Scourer from Mataura.

It’s probably fortunate that the rest of the lyrics are lost in the mists of time.

8 Responses to Proud to be a scourer from Mataura

  1. pdm says:

    As I recall HP the lyrics were quite okay and it was played on radio.

    I did not know John Gadsby was the singer – I would have thought more John Hore (now Grenell) – but I am no musician.


  2. homepaddock says:

    pdm – Gadsby was a student at Otago at the time & it was definitely him in the capping show, but it’s possible John Hore/Grenell recorded it and that’s what went on the radio.


  3. Colin Lucas says:

    Yup, It was John Gadsby. I went to one of the shows for some reason that song and the sextet.


  4. homepaddock says:

    Colin – do you remember if the words Jon sang would have been suitable for radio?

    Certainly some the sextet sang wouldn’t be – the voices were sublime but the lyrics often weren’t. Although I do recall a very funny parody of Mull of Kintyre which started “Mangere Bridge, Mr Rowling’s in tears . . . “


  5. sjm says:

    I believe it was Jim Thomson who was apart of the that same capping show was who sang it on the radio


  6. gravedodger says:

    Aahh the capping week.
    In the late 50s we had an end of term service at St Pauls opposite Latimer square end of term one each year.
    Our very worldly assistant Rector would stand up with a twinkle in his eye to warn the assembly, as we were about to find our way to the church for a rehearsal that, as very impressionable youths, we should not purchase the depraved publication that students would be attempting to sell to us.
    It was only a heads up that we would need enough money in our pockets to purchase that years salacious offering entitled The Capping Mag, great marketing on Giles part.


  7. jaffabeaut says:

    We don’t wear tuxedos in Mataura
    Fancy city clothes are never seen
    We aint got no comforts in Mataura
    Cos we like livin’ rough and bein’ keen

    And I’m proud to be a scourer from Mataura
    Place where life is good and livin’s free
    A bloke can wear his singlet in the lounge bar
    Singing God Defend New Zealand and DB



  8. david says:

    Yeah was there, great song and would love then rest of the lyrics
    He also brilliantly ripped of muldoon at the same show


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