The Old Bush Songs

The Stockman

Edited by

Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson

(Air: “A wet sheet and a flowing sea.”)

A BRIGHT sun and a loosened rein,
    A whip whose pealing sound
Rings forth amid the forest trees
    As merrily forth we bound—
As merrily forth we bound, my boys,
    And, by the dawn’s pale light,
Speed fearless on our horses true
    From morn till starry night.

“Oh! for a tame and quiet herd,”
    I hear some crawler cry;
But give to me the mountain mob
    With the flash of their tameless eye—
With the flash of their tameless eye, my boys,
    As down the rugged spur
Dash the wild children of the woods,
    And the horse that mocks at fear.

There’s mischief in you wide-horned steer,
    There’s danger in you cow;
Then mount, my merry horsemen all,
    The wild mob’s bolting now—
The wild mob’s bolting now, my boys,
    But ’twas never in their hides
To show the way to the well-trained nags
    That are rattling by their sides.

Oh! ’tis jolly to follow the roving herd
    Through the long, long summer day,
And camp at night by some lonely creek
    When dies the golden ray.
Where the jackass laughs in the old gum tree,
    And our quart-pot tea we sip;
The saddle was our childhood’s home,
    Our heritage the whip.

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