Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
Bob Bolton Origins: Click Go the Shears (61* d) RE: Origins: Click Go the Shears 25 Jun 13

G'day again Mark,

While I was copying the 1891 Trove / Bacchus Marsh Express / CC - Eynesbury (... to drop that one as the top of the pile in the "Click Go" file ...) I noticed a few other (~) possible or actual errors in their transcription of the verses.

The missing "i" in "Bare BellIed Ewe is the obvious one ... and might mean that the typesetter was not only cross-eyed but also not a shearer ... or sheep station owner.

Down in the third stanza, he also misses the doubled 's' in connoisSeur ... and ...

... more to my point, I suspect that he has missed / misread the last word of stanza 6 ... where we have 'tar' inexplicably rhymed with 'board' ... when the aim of the tar boy is, indeed, the old ewe's "scar".

To me, that stanza works far better as:

"Tar on the back, Jack; Tar, boy, tar."
Tar from the middle to the both ends of the SCAR.".
Jack jumps around, for he has no time to sleep,
And tars the shearer's backs as well as the sheep."

It is also interesting that, in the chorus,"blow" at the end of the third line ... allegedly rhymes with "ewe" ... suggesting that, to the sheep man who wrote these words, those two words did rhyme! Possibly that was an assumption on the part of the author ... but not shared with the typesetter!



Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.
   * Click on the linked number with * to view the thread split into pages (click "d" for chronologically descending).

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.