(Air: “Wearing of the Green.”)
IF you want a situation, I’ll just tell you the plan
When you get on to the station, of small things you’ll make a fuss,
They will send you out on horseback, the boundaries to ride
When the boss wants information, on the men you’ll do a sneak,
A squatter in the future I’ve no doubt you may be,
A “Jackaroo” is a young man who comes to a station to get experience. He occupies a position much like that of an apprentice on a ship, and has to work with the men though supposed to be above them in social status. Hence these sneers at the Jackaroo.
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