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When the Taters Are All Dug
This broadside was contributed by Mr. Chadburne of Mattawam-keag, Maine, in 1916. He bought it from a young fellow who had finished work in the potato country and was without money. Mr. Chadburne thinks him the author of it, but is not certain. The young man thus paid his way.
"WHEN THE TATERS ARE ALL DUG"
[Tune of " Mother's Appeal to Her Boy"]
Composed by E. J. SULLIVAN
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1      'Way up in Aroostook County
Where in Winter falls the snow, Where in the short hot summer months
The big potatoes grow; Where the farmers cuss and talk about
Their big potato bugs, There's a smile all o'er the County,
Till them 'taters are all dug.
2     In the village stores there's 'tater talk
About their monstrous size; Some of these yarns they sound like truths, But a lot of them are lies;






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