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Percustard Lyr/Chords Req: Travelling Down the Castlereigh (8) RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Travelling Down the Castlereig 17 Jun 02

Some interesting info


A Bushman's Song

(an extract)

"Banjo" Paterson

I asked a cove for shearin' once along the Marthaguy:
"We shear non-union here," says he. "I call it scab," says I.
I looked along the shearin' floor before I turned to go -
There were eight or ten dashed Chinamen a-shearin' in a row.

It was shift, boys, shift, for there wasn't the slightest doubt
It was time to make a shift with the leprosy about.
So I saddled up my horses, and I whistled to my dog,
And I left his scabby station at the old jig-jog.


Andrew Barton ("Banjo") Paterson

Note regarding Paterson's use of the word "leprosy": Chinese were often referred to as "lepers" due to the widely held belief that they carried leprosy, a disease which can render the skin as scabby. Hence, the term "scabs" arose to describe non-unionists and strike-breakers, as Chinese were often used as non-union workers.

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