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A Shearer's Song (1902)
[For The Worker.]
Oh, file your knockers down,
Fasten your drivers tight,
Put Kinchela on your bottom blade
Before you start the fight.
Then whip the bellies off
And sail straight up the neck ;
Don't stop for wrinkles, horns, or hide,
If you want to make a cheque.
Then keep them passing out,
Your end up in the strife ;
Not so much for what you earn
As for children, home, and wife.
Two blows o'er the shoulder,
Then three more to the flank ;
And keep this up till the shed cuts out--
Then put your beans in the bank.
One blow over the tail,
And a long sweep up the back ;
Be not too heavy with your knee,
If you want to keep off the track.
Then keep them passing out
And open "sweet-lips" wide;
Remember it's for her sweet sake
Who waits to be your bride.
J. B. WILSON.
From the Wagga Newspaper The Worker Saturday 13 September 1902 p. 8.
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