“Queensland Overlanders”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1905 (Paterson's _Old Bush Songs_)
Keywords: Australia travel work
Found in: Australia

Description

The singer reminds the listeners of the well-known life of the Queensland drover. He describes the various men who engage in the profession, and their visits to town. The chorus is a toast: "Tonight we drink the health of every overlander."

Notes

The versions of this are sufficiently diverse that I think deliberate rewriting almost certain. But there is no clear data on the relationship between the versions, so I'm lumping them. - RBW

References

  1. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 164-165, "The Overlanders" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Manifold-PASB, pp. 114-116, "The Queensland Drover" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  3. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 230-233, "The Overlanders" (1 text)
  4. DT, QNSLNDOV
  5. BI, FaE164