"I've been many years a shearer, and fancied I could shear... But, oh my! I never saw before The way we had to knuckle down at Goorianawa." The shearer describes the many places he has worked, then complains how Goorianawa broke his spirits


Accorting to Patterson/Fahey/Seal, Goorianawa was known among shearers as a hard station to work -- bad conditions and low pay. "Banjo" Paterson had heard of this song at the time he assembled _Old Bush Songs_, but was unable to locate a text. - RBW


  1. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 268-269, "Goorianawa" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Manifold-PASB, pp. 126-127, "Goorianawa" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 186-189, "Goorianawa" (1 text)
  4. Roud #9114
  5. BI, MA268


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1912 (short version in "The Lone Hand")
Keywords: work sheep Australia
Found in: Australia