Springtime it Brings on the Shearing Traditional
One of the many fine old shearing songs from Australia and one of the earliest ones that I learned when out there. I believe that I first heard this from David Lumsden of the Lumsden family, such an important family in the revival of Australian songs. They collected so many songs from traditional singers that would otherwise have been lost in the fogs of time, thank you Kath, Arthur and David.
THE SPRINGTIME IT BRINGS ON THE SHEARING Trad
Oh the springtime it bring on the shearing
And it’s then you will find them in droves
To the west country stations all steering
To find them a job off the coves.
With a ragged old swag on me shoulder and a billy quart pot in me hand
Oh I tell you we’ll astonish the new chums to see how we travel the land.
From the Bilabone Murray or Loden
To the far Tatiara and back
Oh the mountains and plains are well trodden
By the men on the wallaby track.
There are many who stick during shearing
Then shoulder their swag on their back
For the rest of the year you will find them
Out there on the wallaby track
And after the shearing is over
And the wool seasons all at an end
It is there you will find those flash shearers
Making Johnny cakes round on the bend.