Castlereagh River, The

DESCRIPTION: "I'm travelling down the Castlereigh, and I'm a stationhand...." The singer mentions all the stops he's made, and all his reasons for leaving (non-union Chinese workers, an arrogant boss, etc.). He advises, "So shift, boys, shift...."
AUTHOR: claimed by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson (1864-1941)
EARLIEST DATE: 1892 (The _Bulletin_)
KEYWORDS: Australia work travel
FOUND IN: Australia
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Meredith/Anderson, pp. 45-46, 83-84, "The Old Jig-Jog"; p. 57, "Travelling Down the Castlereagh; pp. 210-211, "A Bushman's Song" (4 texts, 4 tunes)
Tritton/Meredith, pp. 93-94, "THe Old Jig Jog" (1 text, 1 tune)
AndersonStory, "A Bushman's Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fahey-Eureka, pp. 132-133, "Travelling Down the Castlereigh" (1 text, 1 tune)
Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 290-293, "A Bushman's Song" (1 text)
Manifold-PASB, pp. 158-159, "Travelling Down the Castlereigh" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: A. B. "Banjo" Paterson, "The Works of 'Banjo' Paterson" [with an anonymous introduction], Wordsworth Poetry Library, 1995, pp. 66-67, "A Bushman's Song" (1 text)

Roud #8399
John Greenway, "The Castlereagh River" (on JGreenway01)
NOTES [177 words]: Paterson's title for this was "A Bushman's Song," and this is the title used by AndersonStory -- but it is perhaps noteworthy that few traditional singers knew it by that title.... Joe Cashmere, when he supplied a version of the song to John Meredith, believed he learned it before Paterson published the song. But, as Paterson/Fahey/Seal note, it's hard to prove it predated Paterson.
Gwenda Beed Davey and Graham Seal, A Guide to Australian Folklore, Kangaroo Press, 2003, p. 253, say this is usually sung to the tune of the humorous Irish song "Pat from Mullingar." This is a bit of a conundrum. There is a song in the Index, "Pat of Mullingar," which predates this piece, and the tune fits Paterson's lyric -- but it isn't humorous and it isn't the tune Greenway sings. There is another song "Pat from Mullingar" or "Pat of Mullingar," which also fits -- but it's about the IRA and mentions the Black and Tans, so it must have been composed after World War I (probably well after), and also well after this piece. So I'm not sure which tune is meant. - RBW
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