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Click Go The Shears at 18 months
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Ferret
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Well, its been 18 months since I started playing this infernal instrument... Its been infuriating, frustrating, and FUN

So this is a Aussie folk song to music credited to American Henry Clay Work

I get a bit 'wobbley' in a couple of places and I still hate my video cam

As well as the video post I've included the music (in D) and the lyrics (have fun with them rofl) I've also posted the 'American' lyrics

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Out on the board the old shearer stands
Grasping his shears in his long bony hands
Fixed is his gaze on a bare-bellied "joe"
Glory if he gets her, won't he make the ringer go

Chorus
Click go the shears boys, click, click, click
Wide is his blow and his hands move quick
The ringer looks around and is beaten by a blow
And curses the old snagger with the blue-bellied "joe"

In the middle of the floor in his cane-bottomed chair
Is the boss of the board, with eyes everywhere
Notes well each fleece as it comes to the screen
Paying strict attention if it's taken off clean

The colonial-experience man he is there, of course
With his shiny leggin's just got off his horse
Casting round his eye like a real connoisseur
Whistling the old tune "I'm the Perfect Lure"

The tar-boy is there awaiting in demand
With his blackened tar-pot and his tarry hand
Sees one old sheep with a cut upon its back
Here's what he's waiting for "Tar here Jack!"

Shearing is all over and we've all got our cheques
Roll up your swag for we're off on the tracks
The first pub we come to it's there we'll have a spree
And everyone that comes along it's, "Come and drink with me!"

Down by the bar the old shearer stands
Grasping his glass in his thin bony hands
Fixed is his gaze on a green-painted keg
Glory he'll get down on it ere he stirs a peg

There we leave him standing, shouting for all hands
Whilst all around him every shouter stands
His eyes are on the cask which is now lowering fast
He works hard he drinks hard and goes to hell at last

You take off the belly-wool clean out the crutch
Go up the neck for the rules they are such
You clean round the horns first shoulder go down
One blow up the back and you then turn around

Click, click, that's how the shears go
Click, click, so awfully quick
You pull out a sheep he'll give a kick
And still hear your shears going click, click, click

 

And the 'American' version

RING THE BELL, WATCHMAN
(Henry Clay Work 1865)

High in the belfry the old sexton stands
Grasping the rope with his thin bony hands
Fix'd is his gaze as by some magic spell
Till he hears the distant murmur
Ring, ring the bell

Chorus
Ring the bell, watchman! ring! ring! ring!
Yes, yes! the good news is now on the wing.
Yes, yes! they come and with tiding to tell
Glorious and blessed tidings. Ring, ring the bell!

Baring his long silver locks to the breeze
First for a moment he drops on his knees
Then with a vigor that few could excel
Answers he the welcome bidding
Ring, ring the bell

Hear! from the hilltop, the first signal gun
Thunders the word that some great deed is done
Hear! thro' the valley the long echoes swell
Ever and anon repeating
Ring, ring the bell

Bonfires are blazing and rockets ascend
No meagre triumph such tokens portend
Shout! shout! my brothers for "all, all is well!"
'Tis the universal chorus
Ring, ring the bell

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Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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Kevin M.
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August 25, 2013 - 9:58 am
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John that was great. The one thing I noticed was while playing your bow creaps up the neck and over the fingerboard. I noticed it because I do the same thing to the point that my bow when I play on the E string gets caught on the tip of the C bout.

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Fiddlerman
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August 25, 2013 - 11:27 am
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Congratulation on this mile marker John. Great to see and follow your progress at all the new thresholds :-)
Thanks for the new piece.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Steve
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Good job, John, doing great! (I'll have to look for the second page of the sheet music.)

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ratvn
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Great job, John.

Well played and a very nice tune.

Keep up the good work.

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Ferret
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dunno

Steve said
Good job, John, doing great! (I'll have to look for the second page of the sheet music.)

Sorry about that Steve. You can find it in G anywhere but D is another matter. You can find the rest at musicnotes.com but it will 'cost' there. Try it in G

As you know, I don't use sheet music, just my ears and it just happened to come out in D dunno

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KindaScratchy
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August 25, 2013 - 5:43 pm
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Good job and nice tune, John. Thanks for posting the sheet music.

I think your bowing looks nice and straight, aside from the fact, as Kevin pointed out, that it drifts a bit toward the fingerboard at times.

Kevin M. said
John that was great. The one thing I noticed was while playing your bow creaps up the neck and over the fingerboard. I noticed it because I do the same thing to the point that my bow when I play on the E string gets caught on the tip of the C bout.

That happens to me, too, Kevin...a lot. In fact the point of my C bout has a white line of rosin on it because of this. It usually happens right when I'm starting to really get into a tune, so I feel like an idiot for getting carried away.

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I love the lyrics, too. Never heard a song about sheep shearing. The American lyrics are interesting, too. I'll have to learn more about this song and maybe give it a try.

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Great job!  I'd never heard this song before, but I really like it!  thanks for posting you video, and thanks for posting the music as well

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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Well done Ferret > I always enjoy your tunes. And now the sheets with it > SWEET!!

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Very nice!  I enjoyed that! You'll be out busking in no time, maybe tomorrow!

Cindy

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@Kevin M. 

@KindaScratchy 

Hi Kevin, Diane 

Yes. The 'getting over the fingerboard' is a problem. Will have to work on it. I also find its a problem when I have to reach over to play the G string and start playing 'wood' instead. bunny-headbang

 

 

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Congrats with an anniversary, Ferret! That was a beautiful tune, nicely played!

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