“The Drover's Dream”


The drover is on watch when he dozes off. He sees "a very strange procession" -- a clothed kangaroo and a dingo, dancing birds, a bandicoot playing the flute. He is awakened by a crash as the boss asks, "Where the !!! are all the sheep?"

Cross references

  • cf. Rock'd in the Cradle of the Deep" (this song quotes that)


  • A. L. Lloyd, "The Drover's Dream" (on Lloyd2, Lloyd4)


  1. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 202-203, "The Drover's Dream" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 160-161, "The Mustering Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 219-221, "The Drover's Dream" (1 text)
  4. Meredith/Covell/Brown, pp. 265-267, "The Drover's Dream" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Roud #5473
  6. BI, MA202


Author: unknown (sometimes credited to W. Tully)
Earliest date: 1953 (collected by David Campbell and Douglas Stewart)
Found in: Australia