Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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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.

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    y Quadrant vol. 53 no. 3 March 2009 Z1576375 2009 periodical issue 2009 pg. 30-36
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