“The Band o' Shearers”

Author: Robert Hogg ?
Earliest date: 1904 (Ford)
Keywords: love courting work sheep
Found in: Britain(Scotland)

Description

As shearing season approaches, the lad asks, "My bonnie lassie, will ye gang, And shear wi' me the whole day long, And love will cheer us as we gang And join the band of shearers." The two find they are happy together, and decide to wed

Notes

This song and "The Gallant Shearers" share a chorus and a theme, and are undoubtedly connected, though it's not clear which is older. But the feel of the verses is different enough that I follow Ord in splitting them, as does Roud. - RBW

Cross references

Broadsides

References

  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 196-197, "The Band o' Shearers" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ord, pp. 268-269, "The Band o' Shearers" (1 text)
  3. DT, BANSHEAR*
  4. Roud #1524
  5. BI, FVS196