Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

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Maine Lumberjacks            55
7            Over rocks, shoals, and strands Gives employment to all hands,
While our well-banded craft we do steer;
And the rapids we do run
They do seem to us like fun; We avoid all slavish 1 fear.
8            You may boast of your farms,2 But the lumberman's charms
Do far more exceed them all.
I '11 enjoy my true love's heart
Until death it does us part Let her riches be great or small.
1 Oh, a Shantyman's life is a weary one,
Though some call it free from care, It's wielding the axe, from morning till night,
Midst the forest dark and drear. A lying in the shanty, bleak and cold,
Where the stormy winds do blow; And as soon as the morning stars appear,
To the wild-wood we must go.
1  Slaverage in original.
2  Original has "farmers" rhyming with "charm."

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