Henry Lawson

(17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922 / Grenfell, New South Wales)

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Andy's Gone With Cattle



Our Andy's gone to battle now
'Gainst Drought, the red marauder;
Our Andy's gone with cattle now
Across the Queensland border.

He's left us in dejection now;
Our hearts with him are roving.
It's dull on this selection now,
Since Andy went a-droving.

Who now shall wear the cheerful face
In times when things are slackest?
And who shall whistle round the place
When Fortune frowns her blackest?

Oh, who shall cheek the squatter now
When he comes round us snarling?
His tongue is growing hotter now
Since Andy cross'd the Darling.

The gates are out of order now,
In storms the `riders' rattle;
For far across the border now
Our Andy's gone with cattle.

Poor Aunty's looking thin and white;
And Uncle's cross with worry;
And poor old Blucher howls all night
Since Andy left Macquarie.

Oh, may the showers in torrents fall,
And all the tanks run over;
And may the grass grow green and tall
In pathways of the drover;

And may good angels send the rain
On desert stretches sandy;
And when the summer comes again
God grant 'twill bring us Andy.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Rookie - 58 Points Brian Jani (6/20/2014 11:10:00 AM)

    Andy's Gone With Cattle, i like this poem and the queensland theme is just perfect (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 58 Points Narita Zaraki (1/27/2013 5:50:00 PM)

    I love it. I can't really explain what but there is something very dear and precious about Andy himself. it's almost like that feeling you get after reading a book and you're in love with a character. This felt like that. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,555 Points * Sunprincess * (1/27/2013 11:37:00 AM)

    To me this poem signifies the importance of a single individual in a family, an awesome write! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points Manonton Dalan (1/27/2012 4:05:00 AM)

    wow! this is very nice description of queensland. i've been to brisbane on month of june it's lovely and people are very nice. i love that meat pie. no women in pubs. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points Joey Valenzuela (1/27/2010 9:24:00 PM)

    is it possible that ANDY signifies the FERTILITY of the soil in Australia...
    and CATTLE signifies the economy? ?

    and the title ANDY'S GONE WITH CATTLE means...
    the fertility of the lands of australia's gone as well as the economy's falling

    look at each line....
    i think i made some sense...heheh

    PS: the melody is really good-no it's great....
    i must agree with angela: GREAT WORDS AND FANTASTIC POEM... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points Nicel Osume (1/27/2010 5:03:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem. Well chosen words. It just offers hope in a hopeless situation. It just tells you that you hane to be optimistic, what a poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points Kevin Straw (1/27/2010 5:15:00 AM)

    A tight piece with good scansion and excellent rhyme. Can we infer that Andy is the man of the place, and that the uncle and whoever is writing the poem are too decrepit to keep order? No one would print a poem like this nowadays from a new writer, yet it vividly describes a section of society in a memorable way that 'modern' poetry does not. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points Terence George Craddock (1/27/2010 2:41:00 AM)

    Lawson was a joy to read, when studying Aussie lit, he's so well write
    the rain is falling hard here, tropical Indonesian rain, the scanned lines are fine
    Our Andy's gone to battle now
    'Gainst Drought, the red marauder;
    but Australian Soil, is still losing the battle, to erosion drought
    hard hoofed animals cattle sheep; rabbits; a rabbit proof fence was kinda neat
    raising salinity high water table still to beat
    maybe satellite grazing is the answer sport
    Drought still haunts Australia still, but Andy's spirit was never beat (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Ramesh T A (1/27/2010 12:52:00 AM)

    Deplorable indeed when all season guy like Andy goes out leaving all on a great mission! Smooth flowing stanzas depicting the joyful nature of Andy makes the reader too feel his absence much! Nice simple poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Michael O'hara (12/19/2009 6:15:00 PM)

    Love this poem, put it to music several years ago, finally recorded it a few minutes ago: http: //www.myspace.com/mikeohara (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 7 Points T D Mitchell (1/27/2008 4:42:00 PM)

    Doesn't waste a word does our Henry. He is such a delight to read and feel and see (Report) Reply

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