A fresh edition of the world’s most famous shearing song. Click Go the Shears was probably the most wide pread and enduring of the old-time shearers’ songs. It was still frequently to be heard in the sheds of the Western Line of NSW in the last half of the twentieth century. The tune came from an American Civil War song, Ring the Bell, Watchman, and was later used for the revival hymn Pull for the Shore, and for a number of temperance anthems, including one from the Salvation Army. The opening verse of Click Go the Shears is a parody of Ring the Bell, written by Henry Lawson, who wrote about the song in his essay ‘the Songs they Used to Sing’. Versions don’t seem to differ much – the song was first published in written format in 1946 in an article by Percy Jones. the version in this book is as sung by A L Lloyd in the 1950s.
Publication date: December 1st 1993
When I first purchased this book I was excited because it brought back memories of when my own father used to sing this song to us as children. I always saw it as an iconic Australian song. This book starts with the first verse and then the chorus which is of course the part that most people remember. I thought it would be good to read this book alongside someone singing it so I searched on the internet for this song being sung and was disappointed that the book’s verses were significantly different from the song that I was listening to. The chorus was pretty much identical to what I was listening to. Apart from this difference the book was a worthwhile read. The pictures were also lovely to look at. I think this book is still a worthwhile read.
Recommend for: Everyone