“The Limejuice Tub”


A sarcastic song about the ignorance of new chums just arrived in Australia. Recognized primarily by the chorus, "With a rowdem rowdem a rub a dub dub, We'll send you back (or "drive them back") to the limejuice tub."


"Limejuice tubs" were British immigrant ships, so named after the lime juice used to prevent scurvy. (Ironically, the lime juice was usually lemon juice, but called "lime." A little propaganda to make it sound less sour, perhaps.) - RBW


  • A. L. Lloyd, "The Lime Juice Tub" (on Lloyd4, Lloyd10)


  1. Meredith/Anderson, p. 140, "Rub-a-dub-a-dub" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 124-125, "The Limejuice Tub" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Manifold-PASB, p. 108, "The Limejuice Tub (The Whalers' Rhyme)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 160-161, "The Limejuice Tub" (1 text plus a fragment possibly of this song)
  5. BI, MA140


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1968
Found in: Australia