Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

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

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3      It being on Sunday morning,
They did not think it right; Some of them more willingly, While others did hang back.
4      Six of those bold shanty boys,
They volunteered to go, To break the jam on Gerry's rock, With their foreman, young Monroe.
5      When they got there to the jam,
The foreman and his crew, The logs were rolled up mountains high, T was a terror in their view.
6      "Prepare for action, my brave boys,
Your hearts avoid all fear, We'll break the jam on Gerry's rock, And the rigging will go clear."
7      They had not rolled off many logs
When the foreman he did say: " I 'd have you to be on your guard, For the jam will soon give way."
8      He had not more than spoke these words
When the logs did break and go; And it carried away these six brave boys And their foreman, young Monroe.
9      When their comrades at the camp
The sad news came to hear, To search for their dead bodies In the river they did prepare.

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