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270         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
According to Eckstorm and Smyth, pp. 176-198, this ballad originated in Maine and was founded on fact Gerry's Rock was on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. For versions, references, and discussion see Bulletin, X, 8-20; Cox, pp. 236-238; Gray, pp. 3-9; Greenleaf and Mansfield, pp. 331-333; Lomax, pp. 174-176; Mackenzie, pp. 367-370; Rickaby, pp. 11-19, Sandburg, pp 394"3955 anc* Shoemaker, pp. 86-88. Version A was sung in 1934 by Mr. Charles Muchler, Kalkaska.
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Come              all yon jol - ly             nv - er boys. I'll
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Get - ry's rock, met with a wat - er - y grave
1    Come all you jolly river boys, I'll have you all draw near, And listen to dangers which you will quickly hear;
Tis of six Canadian boys so manful and brave,
Who broke the jam on Gerry's rock, met with a watery grave.
2   It being on Sunday morning, all on the fourth of May, Our logs being piled up mountain-high, we could not keep
them away. But our foreman says, "Turn out, my boys, prevailing all fear; We will break the jam on Gerry's Rock, and for Saginaw
we will steer "

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