The mountain rains have cut the track that once we used to know
When first we rode to Carmody’s, a score of years ago.
The shearing shed at Carmody’s was slab and stringybark,
The press was just a lever beam, invented in the Ark;
But Mrs Carmody was cook — and shearers’ hearts would glow
With praise of grub at Carmody’s, a score of years ago.
At shearing time no penners-up would curse their fate and weep,
For Fragrant Fred — the billy-goat — was trained to lead the sheep;
And racing down the rattling chutes the bleating mob would go
Behind their horned man from Cook’s, a score of years ago.
An owner of the olden time, his patriarchal shed
Was innocent of all machines or gadgets overhead:
And pieces, locks and super-fleece together used to go
To fill the bales at Carmody’s, a score of years ago.
A ringer from the western sheds, whose fame was wide and deep,
Was asked to take a vacant pen and shear a thousand sheep.
‘Of course, we’ve only got the blades!’ ‘Well, what I want to know:
Why don’t you get a bloke to take it off ’em with a hoe?’

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