Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

A Collection Of Traditional & Folk Songs of the area with Lyrics & Commentaries -online book

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50             Songs and Ballads
Their minds never easy, continually crazy To get over to Bangor to work in the woods.
4     A new suit of clothes
to prepare for the journey, A new pair of boots made by
Sherlock or Clapp/ A large kennebecker2 all stuffed
with good homespun And the brave Islander
he will embark.
5     The boys of the Island
in the woods are contented; The old bushmen gaze on them
with a keen eye; "Just look at that homespun
the lad is a-wearing! Is n't that enough to tell you
that he's a P. L?"
6     The boys of the Island
are ofttimes in trouble, God, man, and the devil to them's all the same,
1  May be bootmakers in Prince Edward Island or some other province of Canada. Not known in Maine apparently.
2  A carpet-bag, such as the men from the Kennebec used to carry into the woods. Generally Maine men were contented with a meal-sack tied up with a string. To use a carpet-bag Was regarded as "high-brow" and effeminate.

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