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Clancy of the Overflow

Clancy of the Overflow


Clancy of the Overflow by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson the written poem and spoken on video

Clancy of the Overflow is one of Australia's most famous poems written by one of Australia's most famous poets, Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson. Banjo also wrote the words for Waltzing Matilda, Australia’s unofficial National Anthem.

In the poem, Patterson compares his own desk-bound lawyer’s existence with that of the shearer/drover Clancy and laments his lack of the freedom Clancy enjoys on “the sunlit plains extended and at night the wondrous glory of the everlasting stars”.

CLANCY OF THE OVERFLOW by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson

I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better

Knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,

He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him,

Just "on spec", addressed as follows, "Clancy, of The Overflow".

And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected,

(And I think the same was written with a thumb-nail dipped in tar)

Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:

"Clancy's gone to Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are."

In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of Clancy

Gone a-droving "down the Cooper" where the Western drovers go;

As the stock are slowly stringing, Clancy rides behind them singing,

For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know.

And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him

In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,

And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,

And at night the wond'rous glory of the everlasting stars.

I am sitting in my dingy little office, where a stingy

Ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall,

And the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city

Through the open window floating, spreads its foulness over all

And in place of lowing cattle, I can hear the fiendish rattle

Of the tramways and the buses making hurry down the street,

And the language uninviting of the gutter children fighting,

Comes fitfully and faintly through the ceaseless tramp of feet.

And the hurrying people daunt me, and their pallid faces haunt me

As they shoulder one another in their rush and nervous haste,

With their eager eyes and greedy, and their stunted forms and weedy,

For townsfolk have no time to grow, they have no time to waste.

And I somehow rather fancy that I'd like to change with Clancy,

Like to take a turn at droving where the seasons come and go,

While he faced the round eternal of the cash-book and the journal —

But I doubt he'd suit the office, Clancy, of "The Overflow".

First published in The Bulletin, 21 December 1889

Clancy of the Overflow - Narated by Lindsay Radford – Video

Run Time 2:59


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Lance 🐝 Scoular Jan 26, 2018 · #4

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🇦🇺 Today, 26 January 2018, is Australia Day.

Here are some other Australiana beBee Posts:

Pub with No Beer - Aussie Song

Waltzing Matilda - Australia’s unofficial National Anthem

THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER - Poem by A.B. (Banjo) Patterson

My Country by Dorothea Mackellar - the written poem and spoken on video

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Keep it up @Lance 🐝 Scoular. I love these entertaining and informative posts.

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Jerry Fletcher Jan 25, 2018 · #2

Lance, you keep this up and I'll know more about Australia than parts of the USA!

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Debasish Majumder Jan 25, 2018 · #1

nice buzz @Lance 🐝 Scoular! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share.

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