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The Boys of the Island
A was sung in John Ross's camps, Lobster Lake, Maine, 1902, and taken down by Sidney Sykes, clerk of the camp. B is a fragment of a variant of A picked up by Mrs. Fannie H. Eckstorm in 1897 and given the editor in 1914.
I You roving young heroes
of Prince Edward's Island, Give ear to my ditty and I'll tell you the truth; From a lumberman's calling it is my intention To turn every honest and sensible youth.
2 The lumberman's life
't is of short duration, It's mingled with sorrow, hard work and bad rum; And if the hereafter is according to Scripture, The worst of our days are yet to come.
3 The boys of the Island,
on their farms not contented, They say, "Let us leave here, we're doing no good";