Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

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John Fergusson's Crew
As recited by a lumberjack and taken down for the editor by a student of the University of Maine, 1916.
1      There once was a man
In Howland did dwell; His name was John Fergusson; You all know him well.
2     He had a small crew
Upon Meadow Brook. He was always a-rowing With the crew and the cook.
3     The first cook he drove
Was Llewellyn Bean; The next was John Brown, Who would n't keep the camp clean.
4     Their supplies in the winter
Was beans and codfish, And a roll of old butter That would n't stay in the dish.
5     The codfish and beans
Took the place of fresh meat; And the butter was strong enough To walk on the street.
6     Put a piece on the table
It would begin to walk round, And it took a cord of rock maple To hold the thing down.

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