Click Go the Shears : An Australian Ballad single work   poetry   "Out on the board the old shearer stands"
Alternative title: Click Go the Shears, Boys
Issue Details: First known date: 1954 1954
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Notes

  • Textual variation between versions.
  • Ron Edwards is 'inclined to think it may date from the period 1910-20'. The Overlander Songbook p109.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Songs From the Australian Musical Drama Reedy River Dick Diamond , David Milliss , John Meredith , Sydney : New Theatre , 1954 Z866237 1954 selected work lyric/song Sydney : New Theatre , 1954 pg. 10-11
  • Appears in:
    y From the Ballads to Brennan T. Inglis Moore (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 Z407973 1964 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 pg. 31-32
    Note: With title: Click Go the Shears, Boys
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Kaleidoscope Barbara Ker Wilson (editor), Sydney : Collins , 1968 Z456759 1968 anthology prose poetry young adult Sydney : Collins , 1968 pg. 151-152
  • Appears in:
    y The Overlander Songbook Ronald George Edwards (editor), Ronald George Edwards (illustrator), Ferntree Gully : Rams Skull Press , 1956 Z856165 1956 anthology poetry prose Adelaide : Rigby Publishers , 1971 pg. 111
    Note: First line: 'There on the board the old shearer stands,'. Includes annotations by editor.
  • Appears in:
    y The Overlander Songbook Ronald George Edwards (editor), Ronald George Edwards (illustrator), Ferntree Gully : Rams Skull Press , 1956 Z856165 1956 anthology poetry prose Adelaide : Rigby Publishers , 1971 pg. 109-110
    Note: First line: 'Down by the pen the old shearer stands,'. Includes annotations by editor.
  • Appears in:
    y Complete Book of Australian Folk Lore Bill Scott , Sydney : Ure Smith , 1976 Z206758 1976 anthology poetry short story prose Sydney : Ure Smith , 1976 pg. 129-130
    Note: First line: 'There on the board the old shearer stands,'
  • Appears in:
    y Old Bush Songs and Rhymes of Colonial Times Douglas Stewart (editor), Nancy Keesing (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 Z389570 1957 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1976 pg. 254-255
    Note: With title: Click Go the Shears, Boys.
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Verse from 1805 : A Continuum Geoffrey Dutton (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 Z399014 1976 anthology Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 pg. 63
  • Appears in:
    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 pg. 20-21
  • Appears in:
    y My Country : Australian Poetry and Short Stories, Two Hundred Years Leonie Kramer (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 Z219820 1985 anthology poetry short story Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 pg. 183-184
  • Appears in:
    y The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse Les Murray (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 Z427532 1986 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 pg. 122
  • Appears in:
    y The Bushwackers Australian Song Book Jan Wositzky (editor), Dobe Newton (editor), South Yarra : 1988 Z240373 1988 anthology poetry short story extract humour South Yarra : 1988 pg. 60-61
  • Appears in:
    y A Collection of Australian Bush Verse Castle Hill : Peter Antill-Rose , 1989 Z91384 1989 anthology poetry Castle Hill : Peter Antill-Rose , 1989 pg. 30
  • Appears in:
    y A Treasury of Bush Verse G. A. Wilkes (editor), North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 Z61919 1991 anthology poetry humour North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 pg. 14-15
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Book of Australian Ballads [1993] Elizabeth Webby (editor), Philip Butterss (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1993 Z136407 1993 anthology poetry humour satire Ringwood : Penguin , 1993 pg. 177-178
  • Appears in:
    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Sydney : State Library of New South Wales Press , 1996 pg. 20-21
  • Appears in:
    y The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse Les Murray (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 Z427532 1986 anthology poetry South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 pg. 122
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology John Leonard (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1998 Z461207 1998 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) A thorough survey of poetry by Australians in English, beginning with a selection of contemporary work by younger poets, and going backward in time to the early colonial period. In addition to poems in the literary tradition, it indudes performance poetry, convict songs and old bush ballads. An extensive selection has been provided from the work of five major twentieth-century poets: Les Murray, Gwen Harwood, Judith Wright, A.D. Hope and Kenneth Slessor. Several features are provided to assist the reader: the date of first publication of each poem is provided; footnotes explain unfamiliar words and allusions; and brief biographical notes assist in locating each poet in his or her place in time. Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1998 pg. 293
    Note: Seven verses & chorus
  • Appears in:
    y Classic Australian Verse Maggie Pinkney (editor), Noble Park : Five Mile Press , 2001 Z864790 2001 anthology poetry Noble Park : Five Mile Press , 2001 pg. 197-198
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry John Kinsella (editor), Camberwell : Penguin , 2009 Z1553543 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units)

    'This is a comprehensive survey of Australian poetic achievement, ranging from early colonial and indigenous verse to contemporary work, from the major poets to those who deserve to be better recognised.' (Provided by the publisher).

    Camberwell : Penguin , 2009
    pg. 77-78
    Note: Not attributed to A.B Paterson
  • Appears in:
    y The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry John Leonard (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1674214 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units) Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 pg. 347-348
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    y Australian Poetry Since 1788 Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Robert Gray (editor), Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 Z1803846 2011 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) 'A good poem is one that the world can’t forget or is delighted to rediscover. This landmark anthology of Australian poetry, edited by two of Australia’s foremost poets, Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, contains such poems. It is the first of its kind for Australia and promises to become a classic. Included here are Australia’s major poets, and lesser-known but equally affecting ones, and all manifestations of Australian poetry since 1788, from concrete poems to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naïve, from the humorous to the confessional, and from formal to free verse. Translations of some striking Aboriginal song poems are one of the high points. Containing over 1000 poems from 170 Australian poets, as well as short critical biographies, this careful reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this a superb book that can be read and enjoyed over a lifetime.' (From the publisher's website.) Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 pg. 83-84

Works about this Work

"The Bare Belled Ewe" : The Origin of "click Go the Shears" Mark Gregory , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , September vol. 60 no. 9 2016; (p. 98-100)
'Abstract: The shearers' song "Click Go the Shears" and the 1890 Tom Roberts painting Shearing the Rams have much in common. Despite their present-day acceptance as cultural icons it was not always the case, particularly for the Roberts painting.' (Publication abstract)
The Great Australian Folk Song That Wasn't Keith McKenry , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 53 no. 3 2009; (p. 30-36)
The article presents a history of the Australian folk song, "Click Go the Shears." The song is a parody of "Ring the Bell, Watchman," a Civil War-era song composed by American Henry Clay Work. Jack Moses, a bush poet, gave the text of the song to Catholic priest and folk song collector Percy Jones, in the early 1940s. According to the author, copyright claims to the song are in question. Work done by folk song collectors such as Burl Ives, John Meredith and Alfred Hill are also described.
Click Go the Shears : The Making of an Australian Icon Keith McKenry , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Folklore , November no. 24 2009; (p. 52-71)
Click Go the Shears has become an iconic musical item. Yet its evolution is still associated with various persons/contexts - all still exerting pressure, making the tune one of the most loved, as well as one of the most teasing copyright issues, in the history of Australian music. (p. 52)
The Possible Range of Folk Narrative Clair Duncan , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Folklore , November no. 24 2009; (p. 225-230)
The Great Australian Folk Song That Wasn't Keith McKenry , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 53 no. 3 2009; (p. 30-36)
The article presents a history of the Australian folk song, "Click Go the Shears." The song is a parody of "Ring the Bell, Watchman," a Civil War-era song composed by American Henry Clay Work. Jack Moses, a bush poet, gave the text of the song to Catholic priest and folk song collector Percy Jones, in the early 1940s. According to the author, copyright claims to the song are in question. Work done by folk song collectors such as Burl Ives, John Meredith and Alfred Hill are also described.
Click Go the Shears : The Making of an Australian Icon Keith McKenry , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Folklore , November no. 24 2009; (p. 52-71)
Click Go the Shears has become an iconic musical item. Yet its evolution is still associated with various persons/contexts - all still exerting pressure, making the tune one of the most loved, as well as one of the most teasing copyright issues, in the history of Australian music. (p. 52)
The Possible Range of Folk Narrative Clair Duncan , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Folklore , November no. 24 2009; (p. 225-230)
"The Bare Belled Ewe" : The Origin of "click Go the Shears" Mark Gregory , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , September vol. 60 no. 9 2016; (p. 98-100)
'Abstract: The shearers' song "Click Go the Shears" and the 1890 Tom Roberts painting Shearing the Rams have much in common. Despite their present-day acceptance as cultural icons it was not always the case, particularly for the Roberts painting.' (Publication abstract)
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