Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

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The Flying Cloud
This ballad is known in Maine (A) and Michigan (B). Mackenzie in The Quest oj the Ballad, pp. 151-153, quotes eight stanzas of an inferior variant sung in Nova Scotia. That variant gives "Robert Anderson" as the culprit. The main events are the same as in A, with occasional different wording and a slightly different distribution of details in the stanzas, especially in the opening ones. Another variant (from Scotland) is " William Hoi* lander," in Greig's Folk-Song of the 'North-East, CXVIII.
"The Flying Cloud": text furnished by a retired sea-captain of Searsporty Maine, as printed in a Boston newspaper about 1916, which " was indebted to 'S. H.' of Westminster"for " a true copy."
1      My name is Edward Hollohan,
As you shall understand, I belong in the county of Waterford In Erin's happy land.
2     When I was young and in my prime,
Kind fortune on me smiled, My parents doted on me I being their only child.
3     My father bound me to a trade
In Waterford's own town, He bound me to a cooper there By the name of William Brown.

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