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Thread #63444   Message #1040449
Posted By: KathWestra
23-Oct-03 - 11:49 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Double Sledder Lads
Subject: Lyr Add: DOUBLE SLEDDER LADS (from O'Byrne & Payne
Double Sledder Lads
as sung by Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne of Newfoundland on their recording, "Wave Over Wave"

Come all you jolly fellows come listen to my song
It's all about the lumber boys and how they get along
A crowd of jolly good fellows as ever you may find
It's how they spend their winter months in hurling down the pine

Snap crack goes me whip, I whistle and I sing
I jumps up on me double sled so happy as a king
Me horse is always ready and I am never sad        
There's no one here so happy as a double sledder lad

At four o'clock in the morning the boss he will shout:
Arise all ye teamsters, It's time that ye were out
Those teamsters they all get up in a frightened way:
"O where is me shoes and pants? Me socks is gone astray!"

The next to get up is the choppers, their socks they cannot find
They blames it on the teamsters and swear it with all their mind.
Some other man may have them on and then be very near
We'll pass it off all as a joke and have a hearty cheer. Chorus

At six o'clock is breakfast and every man is out.
And evey man if he's not sick, he's sure to be on the route.
You should hear those axes ring until the sun goes down.
"Hurry me boys! the day is over. A' shanty we are bound"

We all arrive at the shanty, cold hands and wet feet.
We then pull off our logans, our supper for to eat.
We sing and dance til nine o'clock and to our bunks we climb
I'm sure those months don't seem so long in hurling down the pine. Chorus

The sawyers and choppers they lay the timber low.
The teamsters and the swampers drag them to and fro.
The next to come in are the loaders, all at the break of day:
"Load up your sleds five hundred feet, to the riverside away!"

The springtime will roll around our boss he will say:
"Heave up your saws and axes, b'ys and help to clear the way
The floating ice it is all gone and business has arrived
Two hundred able-bodied men are wanted on the drive." Chorus

The springtime will roll around and glad will be the day
When fellows who left their girls at home will wander back that way
And now me song is ended and don't you think it's true?
And if you doubt one word of it, just ask one of our crew.

Chorus x 2