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 Murrumbidgee Shearer

Come all you jolly natives and I'll relate to you
Some of my observations adventures too a few
I've travelled about the country for miles full many a score
And oft-times would have hungered but for the cheek I bore

I've coasted on the Barwon low down the Darling too
I've been on the Murrumbidgee and out on the Paroo
I've been on all the diggings boys from famous Ballarat
I've loafed upon the Lachlan and fossicked Lambing Flat

I went up to a squatter and asked him for a feed
But the knowledge of my hunger was swallowed by his greed
He said I was a loafer and for work had no desire
And so to do him justice I set his shed on fire

Oh yes I've touched the shepherd's hut of sugar, tea, and flour
And a tender bit of mutton I always could devour
I went up to a station and there I got a job
Plunged in the store and hooked it with a very tidy lob

Oh, yes my jolly dandies I've done it on the cross
Although I carry bluey now I've sweated many a horse
I've helped to ease the escort of many's the ounce of gold
The traps have often chased me more times than can be told

Oh yes the traps have chased me and been frightened of their stripes
They never could have caught me they feared my cure for gripes
And well they knew I carried it which they had often seen
A-glistening in my flipper chaps a patent pill machine

I've been hunted like a panther into my mountain lair
Anxiety and misery my grim companions there
I've planted in the scrub my boys and fed on kangaroo
And wound up my avocations by ten years on Cockatoo

So you can understand my boys just from this little rhyme
I'm a Murrumbidgee shearer and one of the good old time


Printed in Paterson's Old Bush Songs . See 'Maryborough Miner' in this collection.


australian traditional songs . . . a selection by mark gregory