Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

A Collection Of Traditional & Folk Songs of the area with Lyrics & Commentaries -online book

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4               Songs and ^Ballads
4     Our foreman said, "Come on, brave boys,
With hearts devoid of fear; We'll break the jam on Gerry's Rock And for Agonstown we'll steer."
5     Now, some of them were willing,
While others they were not, All for to work on Sunday They did not think they ought;
6     But six of our brave shanty boys
Had volunteered to go And break the jam on Gerry's Rock With their foreman, young Monroe.
7     They had not rolled off many logs
Till they heard his clear voice say, "I'd have you boys be on your guard, For the jam will soon give way."
8     These words he'd scarcely spoken
When the jam did break and go, Taking with it six of those brave boys And their foreman, young Monroe.
9     Now when those other shanty boys
This sad news came to hear,
In search of their dead comrades
To the river they did steer.
io Six of their mangled bodies A-floating down did go, While crushed and bleeding near the banks Lay the foreman, young Monroe.

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III