Shearer's Dream

DESCRIPTION: "Oh, I dreamt I shore in a shearin'-shed, and it was a dream of joy, For every one of the rouseabouts was a girl dressed up as a boy." He dreams of clean sheep, of a cool, comfortable shed, of happy dances with the girls... and wakes to find it a dream
AUTHOR: attributed to Henry Lawson (1867-1922)
EARLIEST DATE: 1902 (Lawson's _Children of the Bush_)
KEYWORDS: dream work sheep Australia
FOUND IN: Australia
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Meredith/Anderson, pp. 116-117, "The Shearer's Dream" (1 text, 1 tune)
AndersonStory, pp. 235-236, "The Shearer's Dream" (1 text, 1 tune)
Manifold-PASB, pp. 164-165, "The Shearer's Dream" (1 text, 1 tune)
Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 202-204, "The Shearer's Dream" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: A. K. MacDougall, _An Anthology of Classic Australian Lore_ (earlier published as _The Big Treasury of Australian Foiklore_), The Five Mile Press, 1990, 2002, p. 289, "The Shearer's Dream" (1 text)

NOTES: Henry Lawson published this, but it is not clear from the extant records whether he actually wrote it or just touched it up. Paterson/Fahey/Seal note an informant who claim to have learned it in 1884. It is worth noting that two different tunes are known. - RBW
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File: MA116

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