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A Bushman's Song - Poem by Banjo Paterson

I’M travellin’ down the Castlereagh, and I’m a station hand,
I’m handy with the ropin’ pole, I’m handy with the brand,
And I can ride a rowdy colt, or swing the axe all day,
But there’s no demand for a station-hand along the Castlereagh. +

So it’s shift, boys, shift, for there isn’t the slightest doubt
That we’ve got to make a shift to the stations further out,
With the pack-horse runnin’ after, for he follows like a dog,
We must strike across the country at the old jig-jog.

This old black horse I’m riding—if you’ll notice what’s his brand,
He wears the crooked R, you see—none better in the land.
He takes a lot of beatin’, and the other day we tried,
For a bit of a joke, with a racing bloke, for twenty pounds a side.

It was shift, boys, shift, for there wasn’t the slightest doubt
That I had to make him shift, for the money was nearly out;
But he cantered home a winner, with the other one at the flog—
He’s a red-hot sort to pick up with his old jig-jog.

I asked a cove for shearin’ once along the Marthaguy:
“We shear non-union here,” says he. “I call it scab,” says I.
I looked along the shearin’ floor before I turned to go—
There were eight or ten dashed Chinamen a-shearin’ in a row.

It was shift, boys, shift, for there wasn’t the slightest doubt
It was time to make a shift with the leprosy about.
So I saddled up my horses, and I whistled to my dog,
And I left his scabby station at the old jig-jog.

I went to Illawarra, where my brother’s got a farm,
He has to ask his landlord’s leave before he lifts his arm;
The landlord owns the country side—man, woman, dog, and cat,
They haven’t the cheek to dare to speak without they touch their hat.

It was shift, boys, shift, for there wasn’t the slightest doubt
Their little landlord god and I would soon have fallen out;
Was I to touch my hat to him?—was I his bloomin’ dog?
So I makes for up the country at the old jig-jog.

But it’s time that I was movin’, I’ve a mighty way to go
Till I drink artesian water from a thousand feet below;
Till I meet the overlanders with the cattle comin’ down,
And I’ll work a while till I make a pile, then have a spree in town.

So, it’s shift, boys, shift, for there isn’t the slightest doubt
We’ve got to make a shift to the stations further out;
The pack-horse runs behind us, for he follows like a dog,
And we cross a lot of country at the old jig-jog.


Comments about A Bushman's Song by Banjo Paterson

  • Rookie Richard Botchway (12/27/2004 3:08:00 AM)

    it is intereresting but too lengthy for a lazy reader (Report) Reply

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Poems About Dog

  1. 1. A Bushman's Song , Banjo Paterson
  2. 2. Illahi Nama (Book Of God) , Farīd ud-Dīn Attar Abū Hamīd ..
  3. 3. Conviction (Ii) , Stevie Smith
  4. 4. Roan Stallion , Robinson Jeffers
  5. 5. Hurry Up Please It's Time , Anne Sexton
  6. 6. Johnson’s Antidote , Banjo Paterson
  7. 7. Fidelity , William Wordsworth
  8. 8. Fidele's Grassy Tomb , Sir Henry Newbolt
  9. 9. Epitaph On The Favourite Dog Of A Politi.. , Hilaire Belloc
  10. 10. Thurso’s Landing , Robinson Jeffers
  11. 11. A Dog Of Few Words , Ima Ryma
  12. 12. ! Three Persons And A Dog And Loyalty , Michael Shepherd
  13. 13. The Fox , John Clare
  14. 14. My Dog Died... , Kesav Venkat Easwaran
  15. 15. Song: A Dog's Life , David SmithWhite
  16. 16. Yellow , Robert William Service
  17. 17. A Dog With Six Names , Arsiema Berhane
  18. 18. The Tower Beyond Tragedy , Robinson Jeffers
  19. 19. Bow, Wow, Wow , Beatrix Potter
  20. 20. Haiku: Nature & Life- 11 , Ashraful Musaddeq
  21. 21. Dawgs Of War , Henry Lawson
  22. 22. Old Dog Tray , Stephen C. Foster
  23. 23. First The Dog , Zbigniew Herbert
  24. 24. Happy Dog 2 , Flying Lemming
  25. 25. Me, My Dog, And The Beach , Karen Curcio
  26. 26. My Dog , Kevin Quero
  27. 27. Gizmo's In The Slammer: My Dog The Convict , Lonnie Hicks
  28. 28. M'sieu Smit , William Henry Drummond
  29. 29. That There Dog O' Mine , Henry Lawson
  30. 30. The Old Man And His Dog , Valsa George
  31. 31. The Loving Shepherdess , Robinson Jeffers
  32. 32. Iry And Billy Jo , James Whitcomb Riley
  33. 33. A Man's Best Friend(Not A Poem, But A St.. , Chom Chom
  34. 34. Caesar's Song , Anonymous English
  35. 35. (((Walking On Egg Shells? ? ?))) , Theodora (Theo) Onken
  36. 36. Dog , Katherine Gallagher
  37. 37. The Bagman's Dog, : Mr. Peters's Story , Richard Harris Barham
  38. 38. If Animals Could Talk: Volume Two-Update.. , Lonnie Hicks
  39. 39. A Dog's Love , Terry Mar
  40. 40. Patch-Up , David Darbyshire
  41. 41. The Black Dog (Depression) , Dallas Nyberg
  42. 42. Pi-Dog , Arun Kolatkar
  43. 43. Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Tie Me Kanga.. , Joe Rosochacki
  44. 44. A Man's Best Friend Part-Ii (A Story) , Chom Chom
  45. 45. A Diamond , Jack Spicer
  46. 46. A Troubled Pet , Aftab Alam
  47. 47. Februar , Hans Christian Andersen
  48. 48. June , Hans Christian Andersen
  49. 49. Bird Eat Bird World , Kim Barney
  50. 50. Good Dog, Bad Dog , Wild Bill Balding
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