Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

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3 8             Songs and ballads
See The Forget-Me-Not Songster, New York (Nafis & Cornish), pp. 114-115; also The New American Song Book and Letter Writer, pp. no ff.; The Singers Journal, II, 380. It is common in English broadsides (as H. Such, No. 164; J. 0. Bebbington, Manchester, No. 324).
1      "0, say my jolly fellow,
How would you like to go, And spend a pleasant winter, Up in Canaday-I-O?"
2     "A-goin' up to Canaday"
Is what the young men say, "And a-goin' up to Canaday Depends upon the pay."
3      "0, yes, we'll pay good wages,
We '11 pay your passage out, Providin' you'll sign papers That you will stay the route.
4     "Or if you should get homesick,
And say to home you '11 go, We could not pay your passage Out of Canaday-I-O."
5     Then we had a pleasant journey
The route we had to go, Till we landed at Three Rivers Up in Canaday-I-O.
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6     Then Norcross' and Davis' agents,
They would come prowling round And say, "My jolly fellows, Why don't you all lay down?"

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