Tune: So Early In The Morning
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Old master came to the old hut door
And said, as he'd often said before
"Tomorrow is mustering day
So rouse up, boys and get away"
The morning stars began to rise
As we got up and robbed our eyes
Our horses we quickly manned
And started off with whip in hand.
We met a mob not far away,
Started back without delay;
An old white cow ran off the track,
Old master went to fetch her back.
The mare he rode was rather free,
Ran poor master against a tree,
Threw him off upon his head,
Broke his neck and killed him dead.
Next morning I went to catch a horse
To help to bury poor master's horse
And in that most uncertain light
I got a most tremendous fright
For there I saw old master's ghost
Sitting on top of the stockyard post
Smoking the same old clay
That master smoked on mustering day
Where'er I roam, wheree'er I stray
May I never forget that mustering day
For then I saw old master's ghost
Sitting on top of the stockyard post.
From the Hurd Collection (Clippings from The Queenslander held in the State Library of Queensland).
The illustration to this post is a photograph of Mr and Mrs RS Hurd "taken at Oskeid, 1920"