Stockmen on the Muster....

Its 4 O’clock in the morning … the stockmen start to rise….
we stumble around and we curse and we swear….as we rub the sleep from our eyes..
Its been a long muster has this one, we found 400 head or more…
12 weeks into this muster..and we’re all bone tired and sore……

The poor old cook cops a blasting, each day about the same time…
we’ve all asked him who his father was, for you’d swear his cookings a crime….

The 400 head we;ve just mustered, well …there all just about skin and bone..
but those scrubbies will help make our tally up
when we drive the Big Herd home…..

We’ve about two more weeks of hard riding, before we get this lot through…
we’ve got three thousand head of scrub cattle, and in this heat we’ll lose quite a few…

Its Hot and its Dry and its Dusty.and theres little water to spare,
so we’ll all have to take it real easy and make sure that each one gets a share…

Tonight as we sit by the fire, we’ll hope the Cook gives us a break…
his ‘billies’ not bad but his ‘damper’..if you dropped it you’d make the earth quake….
He;s not a bad sort..our old cooky, he does try to give us his best….
we just wish he wouldn’t cook Damper in his dirty sweaty old vest….!!

We all feel sorry for Cooky…for its his last ride out here…
when we come on the next muster….he’ll stay at home swigging Beer….
and thats no place for old Cooky…its best if he Dies on the track..
he spent all of his life on the Muster..working the lonely Outback…

But thats enough of this dreaming….we’ve got to get this herd home…
and if we dont get this lot moving …..we’ll all end up skin and bone…..
Just two more weeks in the saddle…two more weeks under these skies…
just two more weeks of the Sun and the Dust….and the Smell and the Dirt.
and the Flies…………………

But….when we get home we’ll go crazy….Take Long showers and snoooooze..
and when the Boss hands us our pay cheque..we’ll be off….. for the Birds and the Booze……

Now lets get this herd to the Stockyard….WATCH OUT..!! now bring back that steer…
take it Easy……….GO SLOW….!! or the whole herd will go…
and we’ll muster this same lot …….next year……….

Stockmen on the Muster....

Pagly2

Waroona, Australia

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Stockmen are a special breed of men……..like any "Bushie: the life is Hard,,Lonely..
and it ‘Ages’ them so fast..but they do it…still…….they must be Strong in Spirit
as well as strength……….and they Are…..

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