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GUEST,Wm Tune Req: Derry Down (110* d) RE: Tune Req: Derry Down 16 Sep 19


Here's a Canadian logging example printed in Larry Gorman: The Man Who Made the Songs (Edward D. Ives, first printed 1964), recorded from Alden F. Mace of Southwest Harbor and attributed to Gorman, who was famed for his bitingly satirical song-making. Date of composition would fall in the 1880s or 90s.

BILL WATTS

You jolly brook drivers who drive by the day,
Likewise pay attention to all that I say;
Take my advice and never take charge
Of a crew of greenhorns or a leaky old barge.
Derry down, down, oh down derry down.

It was upon Tuesday, the first day of May;
As long as I live I'll remember the day.
I took my whole crew up to Rocky Pond
In full expectation the ice would be gone.
Derry down, etc.

When I got there my heart it grew sad;
The task was enough to drive a man mad.
All four of the booms they were broken and gone,
And all of the logs drifted over the pond.
Derry down, etc.

At length we got ready, a rigging prepared,
With much difficulty got some of them snared;
Consisting of cedar, peeled hemlock and spruce;
On Friday the fourth, we began to sluice.
Derry down, etc.

Before we h'isted I sent up to Hen
To send me down ten of his best peavey men,
For those that we had were both useless and green,
But jolly Jim Coffey and Ruel McKeen.
Derry down, etc.

There were six men from Elllsworth came up on a team,
In haste they were stationed the length of the stream;
They was well-able drivers, full worthy of hire,
They could handle a peavey or fight against fire.
Derry down, etc.

For forty-odd years I've been known in this place,
The name that I go by is Old Dirty Face;
I never yet washed it but once in my life,
That was the first time I went courting my wife.
Derry down, etc.

When I get to Ellsworth, I must have a wash;
My face it is covered with gurry and moss.
The water I'll bottle to poison the botts—
Now what do you think of your friend Mr. Watts?
Derry down, etc.


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