“Shearer's Dream”


"Oh, I dreamt I shore in a shearin'-shed, and it was a dream of joy, For every one of the rouseabouts was a girl dressed up as a boy." He dreams of clean sheep, of a cool, comfortable shed, of happy dances with the girls... and wakes to find it a dream


Henry Lawson published this, but it is not clear from the extant records whether he actually wrote it or just touched it up. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, note an informant who claim to have learned it in 1884. It is worth noting that two different tunes are known. - RBW


  1. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 116-117, "The Shearer's Dream" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Manifold-PASB, pp. 164-165, "The Shearer's Dream" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 202-204, "The Shearer's Dream" (1 text)
  4. BI, MA116


Author: attributed to Henry Lawson
Earliest date: 1902 (Lawson's _Children of the Bush_)
Found in: Australia