Martyn Wyndham-Read, a wonderful English singer, learned two verses of this song in 1963, while he was working on the Emu Springs sheep station, thirty miles from the town of Tintinara in South Australia. He later found two more verses "in a book." Ed heard him sing it last year in a concert in Washington, DC, and Martyn has recently recorded it on his Fellside release, Mussels on a Tree. The traditional song seems to have evolved from a longer poem, "The Wallaby Track," by E. J. Overbury, first published in his Bush Poems, 1865.
Well, the springtime brings on the shearing,
And it's then you will see them in droves,
To the west country stations all steering,
To find them a job up the coast.
With a ragged old swag on me shoulder,
From the Billabone, Murray, and Lodden
There are many who stick during shearing,
And after the shearing is over,