Sheepwasher's Lament, The

DESCRIPTION: "Come now, ye sighing washers all, Join in my doleful lay, Mourn for the times none can recall." The singer remembers good days: "The master was a worker then, The servant was a man." But since the sixties, conditions have grown much worse
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (Paterson's _Old Bush Songs_)
KEYWORDS: hardtimes sheep work
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 204-207, "The Sheepwasher's Lament" (1 text)
AndersonStory, pp. 154-156, "The Sheepwasher's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Bill Wannan, _The Australians: Yarns, ballads and legends of the Australian tradition_, 1954 (page references are to the 1988 Penguin edition), pp. 179-181, "The Sheep-Washer's Lament" (1 text)
Bill Beatty, _A Treasury of Australian Folk Tales & Traditions_, 1960 (I use the 1969 Walkabout Paperbacks edition), pp. 295-296, "The Sheep Washer's Lament" (1 text)

cf. "The Bonnie Irish Boy" (tune, according to Beatty)
File: PFS204

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