Flash Jack From Gundagai


I've shore at Burrabogie and I've shore at Toganmain

I've shore at Big Willandra and out on the Coleraine

But before the shearing was over I wished I was back again

Shearing for "Old Tom" Patterson on the One Tree Plain


All among the wool, boys, all among the wool

Keep your blades full boys, keep your wide blades full*

I can do a respectable tally myself, if ever I like to try

And I'm known around the country as "Flash Jack" from Gundagai


Yes I've shore at Big Willandra and I've shore at Tilberoo

And once I drew my blades boys upon the famed Barcoo

At Cowan Downs and Trida and as far as Moulamein

But I was always glad to get back again on the One Tree Plain


I've pinked them with the Wolseleys and I've rushede with B_Bows too

I've shaved them in the grease with the grass seeds showing through

But I never slummed my pen my boys, whatever it might contain

When shearing for old Tom Patterson on the One Tree Plain


I've been whaling up the Lachlan and I've dossed on Coopers Creek

And once I rung Cudjingie shed and blued it in a week

But when Gabriel blows his trumpet, boys, I'll catch the evening train

And head for Old Tom Patterson on the One Tree Plain


* The wide blades in this song refer to hand shears, however, some years ago a controversy arose in Australia when New Zealand shearers came over with new shearing sets that had a wider comb than was the regulation size in Australia, allowing them an advantage in the speed in which they could shear. There was quite a bitter battle as the unions tried to get them banned. We were singing this song up the bush one day when an enormous shearer fronted the stage, smoking out of his ears with anger. He was built like a tank and he wanted to know why we were singing about wide blades. He argued that people would think we were promoting the Kiwi side of the argument so we appeased him by agreeing to drop the word "wide" out of the song which we did until the whole affair was settled and forgotten.