JOHN WEST


JOHN WEST

PO Box 246
Glen Innes
November 1995

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John sent me some shearing ditties he had remembered and added, “The good old days are gone for the shearing industry, with drought, recession, no support from the AWU and the wide comb, this industry is ruined.”

Shearer Man

Shearer man like toast and butter, Worsley comb, Lister cutter.
Rouseabout like plenty joke, plenty rain and engine broke.

Wet Sheep

 

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I have only heard a shearer sing one verse of the next item but it’s all I have:

Ditty

He swore and cursed, as the shit bag burst,
As he reached for the needle and cotton.

I heard this toast at the Gabba back in the early seventies.

Hooray

Hooray for my mate!
Hooray at last
Hooray for my mate
For he’s a horse’s arse.

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