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The Springtime It Brings on the Shearing Oh, the springtime it brings on the shearing, And it's then that you'll see them in droves, To the west country stations all steering, A-seeking a job off the coves. cho: With my ragged old swag on my shoulder And a billy quart-pot in my hand, I tell you we'll astonish the new chums To see how we travel the land. You may talk of your mighty exploring, Of Landsborough, McKinley, and King; But I feel it should only be boring On such frivolous subjects to sing. For discovering mountains and rivers There's one for a gallon I'd back, Who'll beat all your Stuarts to shivers: It's the man on the wallaby track. From Billabone, Murray, and Loddon To far Tatiara and back The hills and the plains are well trodden By the men on the wallaby track. Oh, and after the shearing is over And the wool season's all at an end, It is then that you'll see those flash shearers Making johnny-cakes round in the bend. A popularised version of E.J. Overbury's poem "On the Wallaby Track" (1865). This approximates the version collected by Dr. Percy Jones. The song is also well known in New Zealand. RW RW
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