“The Big Gun Shearer”


"The big gun toiled with his heart and soul Shearing sheep to make a roll, Out in the backblocks far away, Then off to Sydney for a holiday." Once there, he gets drunk and chases the girls -- and soon finds himself broke and having to scrape for a living

Cross references


  1. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 140-141, "The Big-gun Shearer" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 305-308, "The Big Gun Shearer" (1 text)
  3. BI, FaE140


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1941 (Bill Bowyang's Bush Recitations, according to Paterson/Fahey/Seal)
Keywords: sheep work drink poverty
Found in: Australia