The Poetry Corner

Flash Jack From Gundagai

By Banjo Paterson (Andrew Barton)

Ive shore at Burrabogie, and Ive shore at Toganmain, Ive shore at big Willandra and upon the old Coleraine, But before the shearin was over Ive wished myself back, again Shearin for old Tom Patterson, on the One Tree Plain. Chorus All among the wool, boys, Keep your wide blades full, boys, I can do a respectable tally myself whenever I like to try, But they know me round the back blocks as Flash Jack from Gundagai. Ive shore at big Willandra and Ive shore at Tilberoo, And once I drew my blades, my boys, upon the famed Barcoo, At Cowan Downs and Trida, as far as Moulamein, But I always was glad to get back again to the One Tree Plain. Chorus: All among the wool, &c. Ive pinked em with the Wolseleys and Ive rushed with B-bows, too, And shaved em in the grease, my boys, with the grass seed showing through. But I never slummed my pen, my lads, whateer it might contain, While shearin for old Tom Patterson, on the One Tree Plain. Ive been whalin up the Lachlan, and Ive dossed on Coopers Creek, And once I rung Cudjingie shed, and blued it in a week. But when Gabriel blows his trumpet, lads, Ill catch the morning train, And Ill push for old Tom Pattersons, on the One Tree Plain.