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The West Branch Song
Taken down by a student in the University of Maine, 1916, from the recitation of a lumberjack. Probably the west branch of the Penobscot River is referred to.
1 Come fellowmen and lend an ear A melancholy tale to hear
2 About one poor mortal, he
Who has sunk and gone to eternity.
3 He hired out with William Brown To help him drive his lumber down,
4 And up the West Branch quick did go, Which proved this young man's overthrow.
5 He started out to break a jam That had formed upon a rolling dam;
6 And as he started for the shore, He fell, alas! to rise no more.
7 He fell into the dashing spray,
Where wild the waters do make their way;
8 And within three minutes all was done, When the work of eternity begun.
9 Three times he rose, all in our view, As if to bid us all adieu.
10 Our boats they being all on the rear, We could not reach our comrade dear.