Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

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Johnny Holmes
As sung and written by Jack McGinnis of Bangor, Maine, in John Ross's camps at Lobster Lake, Maine, 1902. Just how much help he had in the composition of the song is not known.
1      Come all you jolly lumbermen,
Wherever you may be, I '11 have you pay attention And listen unto me.
2     It's of a jolly barber
Which I am going to tell, It's on Penobscot where This man is known right well.
3     He shaved three years for Hunter,
A year for slippery Sam, He shaved a crew for Ross one year Down on Chesuncook Dam.
4     Then he went to Canaan
To see what he could do; He got in co with Weeks, And there he shaved another crew.
5     He shaved six years for Loveland,
For Smith a year or two, And now he's back to Lobster To shave John Roland's crew.

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