“The Old Bark Hut”


The singer, whose name varies, relates, "I once was well to do, but now I am stumped up, And I'm forced to go on rations in an old bark hut." There follows a list of the ways the singer makes do or tolerates the poor conditions


This is sort of the Australian version of "The Old Chisholm Trail," with nearly infinite verses. Henry Lawson reports riding on a train from Bourke to Sydney with a band of shearers, who sang the song the whole time without repeating a verse. - RBW


  1. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 105-106, "The Old Bark Hut" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 126-127, "The Old Bark Hut" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 298-302, "The Old Bark Hut" (1 text)
  4. Manifold-PASB, pp. 87-89, "The Old Bark Hut" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  5. Meredith/Covell/Brown, pp. 133-134, 290-291, "The Old Bark Hut" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  6. BI, MA105


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1905 (Paterson's _Old Bush Songs_)
Keywords: poverty hardtimes
Found in: Australia