Gabba Test – Day 4: To the tune of Abba’s ‘Waterloo’




Inspired by the Barmy Army’s singing on the last day when the result was academic, and by the revelations of the ABC’s Quentin Hull’s karaoke rendition of Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl (suprised O’Keeffe didn’t ask him who was his version of Christie Brinkley), here’s a little ditty to the tune of the karaoke song you MIGHT see me belt out, Waterloo by ABBA…..


My My, at Gabbatoir
Trott, Prior and Swann surrendered
And Broad, has met his nemesis in quite an Aussie way
The history book on the shelf, is always repeating itself  (WRITERS NOTE: I know, borrowing a line, naughty naughty)

GABBATOIR, England were beaten now for the war
GABBATOIR, bowling you bouncers forever more
GABBATOIR, should have called Cookie Mr Magoo
GABBATOIR, the Barmies were quiet till day number two
Woah woah woah woah GABBATOIR, the Aussies have won at the Gabbatoir

My My, they tried to hold Mitch back but he was faster
Oh yeah, and Lyon’s now gonna sing the song that Huss gave him the other night (WRITERS NOTE: in January!)
And how could he ever refuse
’cause this test we weren’t gonna lose

GABBATOIR, England were beaten now for the war
GABBATOIR, despite the storm that hung ’round till four (WRITERS NOTE: Daylight Saving time, it was actually gone at 2:45 truth be told but that fits perfectly)
GABBATOIR, run out chances we blew a few
GABBATOIR, set up by the carnage on day two
Woah woah woah woah GABBATOIR, the Aussies have won at the Gabbatoir

So as England search hard for a clue [to play the bowling] (WRITERS NOTE: In Alice Springs???)
Adelaide waits for test number two

GABBATOIR, drought breaking win ‘gainst the boys in blue
GABBATOIR, the one nil scoreline for now will do
Woah woah woah woah GABBATOIR, the Aussies have won at the Gabbatoir


I doubt anyone will adapt that whilst England go through their staple (We are the army, the Barmy Army, we go all mental, and we are mad, we are the loyallist cricket supporters, that the world has ever seen…to the tune of You Are My Sunshine) as a type of original song to combat them, but hopefully this may have given you some summary of the last 4 days. (There will be something more detailed and half sensible later, just thought a little singing was in order!)

About Mick Jeffrey

32 Year Old, Bulldogs Member and tragic. Reserve Grade coach after over 225 combined senior/reserves appearances for Brothers AFC in AFL Capricornia. 11 time Marathon finisher, one time Ultra Marathon finisher and Comrades Marathon competitor 2017.


  1. Love it Mick. The Test win has certainly put a bit of spark into the step around here.
    We needed a new song as the team had all forgotten the words to the old one.
    Only 2 concerns:
    – The Poms won at Waterloo. Hope its not an omen.
    – Your You Tube link-a-me-jig at the bottom of your post connected to some song I’ve never heard of, not Waterloo. Flick us another link and I’ll try to change it.

  2. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Well Played Mick loved the originality of the article and a fantastic result and while it is a
    5 test series and this is only the , 1st it has been so long we actually need to gloat a bit
    Thanks Mick v enjoyable

  3. Great stuff, Mick.

    I actually don’t mind a bit of ABBA every now and then.

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