“Andy's Gone with Cattle”

Author: Henry Lawson
Earliest date: 1964
Keywords: separation loneliness hardtimes
Found in: Australia


"Our Andy's gone with cattle now, our hearts are out of order." Faced with a drought, Andy takes the herds away; the people left behind are lonely for the cheerful, clever drover. The singer hopes that it rains soon so that Andy may return


This is one of those semi-folk songs. Obviously it is composed. But it has been sung by many people in Australia. Some of those people learned it in school, where it is the "standard" Lawson piece. But however it attained popularity, it is probably widespread enough to deserve inclusion here. - RBW


  1. Manifold-PASB, p. 174, "Andy's Gone with Cattle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BI, PASB174