Old Bark Hut, The

DESCRIPTION: 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
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (Paterson's _Old Bush Songs_)
KEYWORDS: poverty hardtimes
FOUND IN: Australia
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Meredith/Anderson, pp. 105-106, "The Old Bark Hut" (1 text, 1 tune)
AndersonStory, pp. 151-154, "The Old Bark Hut" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fahey-Eureka, pp. 126-127, "The Old Bark Hut" (1 text, 1 tune)
Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 298-302, "The Old Bark Hut" (1 text)
Manifold-PASB, pp. 87-89, "The Old Bark Hut" (1 text, 2 tunes)
Meredith/Covell/Brown, pp. 133-134, 290-291, "The Old Bark Hut" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
ADDITIONAL: Bill Beatty, _A Treasury of Australian Folk Tales & Traditions_, 1960 (I use the 1969 Walkabout Paperbacks edition), pp. 288-291, "The Old Bark Hut" (1 text)

Roud #22662
NOTES: 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
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