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JWB Old Fart Songs (127* d) Lyr Add: ONE OF THE HAS-BEENS 09 Feb 09

Haven't seen "Fiddler's Green" by John Connolly mentioned yet. Nor "Awkward as a New Chum" -- if that's the title. Aussie shearing song:

I'm one of the has-beens, a shearer I mean.
I once was a ringer and I used to shear clean.
I could make the wool roll off easy, like soil from the plow,
But you may not believe me because I can't do it now.

Now I'm awkward as a new chum, and used to the frown
That the boss often shows me, saying, "Keep them blades down!"

I shore with Pat Hogan, Bill Bride and Jack Gunn,
Charlie Fergus, Tommy Leighton, and the Great Roaring Dunn.
They sent from the Lockland the best they could find,
Oh but not one among them could leave me behind.


Well, there's no use in complaining, I'll never say die,
Though the days of fast shearing for me have gone by.
I'll just take the world nice and easy, shear slowly and clean,
And I merely have told you just what I have been.



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