Big Gun Shearer (I), The

DESCRIPTION: "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
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1941 (Bill Bowyang's Bush Recitations, according to Paterson/Fahey/Seal-OldBushSongs-CentenaryEdition)
KEYWORDS: sheep work drink poverty
FOUND IN: Australia
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Fahey-Eureka-SongsThatMadeAustralia, pp. 140-141, "The Big-gun Shearer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Paterson/Fahey/Seal-OldBushSongs-CentenaryEdition, pp. 305-308, "The Big Gun Shearer" (1 text)

cf. "Jog Along Till Shearing" (plot)
cf. "The Big-Gun Shearer (II) (The Tomahawker)" (plot)
NOTES [36 words]: "The Big Gun Shearer (I)" and "The Big Gun Shearer (II)" are rather similar in plot; I rather suspect one inspired the other. But they seem to have no lyrics at all in common. So I have, tentatively, split them. - RBW
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File: FaE140

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