Click Go The Shears

"Click Go the Shears" is a traditional Australian folk song. The song details a day's work for a sheep shearer in the days before machine shears. The enduring popularity of this song reflects the traditional role that the wool industry has played in Australian life. The song describes the various roles in the shearing shed, including the "ringer", the "boss of the board", the "colonial experience man" and the "tar boy". After the day's shearing, the "old shearer" takes his cheque and heads to the local pub for a drinking session.

It was a traditional song "collected and arranged" by Reverend Dr.Percy Jones, a professor of music, and first published in 1946. The tune is an adaptation of the American Civil War song "Ring the Bell, Watchman" by Henry Clay Work.