Dapto Dogs

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Produced by Blue Trumpet for Radio 2RRR, Jove’s Pearls is a collection of verse 'chiefly in the Australian vernacular' by Jovial Mark ... painter, poet, dilettante, and ratbag, hailing from the deep south of South Australia...

The poem...

Dapto Dogs, Dapto Dogs
It’s a damn sight better than callin’ hogs
A great night out, you’ll get somethin’ in yer kick
Y’ walk away with the bookies lookin’ sick

Now Karinga Chief has an African Fantasy
He likes Wild Lilac in the Next Life
Sabina Rock, in the middle of River Benny
Makes for a Flash Parade, if you have Faith in Me

There’s a Gilded Guru for Proper Little Eta
And y’ might just win with Jamel’s Luck
Help from the Occult is always on hand
Peter’s Ghost gives me a Nirvana Gift

I saw the steamboat Mary Grace
On my way across the Mighty Murray
With a Riviera bale of wool
On a frantic Dash for Cash

I’m a Rio Dandy, with Bold Defiance
So Let’s Rage with Lilly’s Asset
Yes, it’s a great night out at Dapto Dogs
A damn sight better than cleanin’ bogs!


'Dapto Greyhound Racing Club started racing in 1937 on the current site at the Dapto Showground. Initial crowds in the thousands watched the first time that racing was conducted legally under Government Regulations.' Source: Dapto Dogs.


Music featured in the poem comes from 'Mate I'm Feelin' Lucky' by Jeff Brown, 2004.


Radio 2RRR 88.5FMProduced by Blue Trumpet for Radio 2RRR
Original verse by Jovial Mark
Adapted for radio by James Benn
With special thanks to Johnny Boxer
Poems interpreted by…

  • Johnny Boxer
  • James Benn

Introductions and credits by Amie Maguire