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Thread #54759 Message #855337
Posted By: MMario
30-Dec-02 - 12:41 PM
Thread Name: Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman
Subject: Lyr Add: THE WINTER OF '73 / MCCULLAM CAMP
THE WINTER OF '73 / MCCULLAM CAMP
(from the singing of Clev Ryan)
(Doerflinger - 'Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman' - pp214-215
On the eight-eenth of Sp-tem-ber in eight-een sev-en-ty three,
I left my native Is-land and came to Mir-mi-chi,
I hired the day I land-ed to work in Snow-ball's mill,
That lare two-stor-ied build-ing at the foot of Sawdust Hill.
ON the eighteenth of November, the mill she did shut down,
which caused a general scattering, the men went walking round.
I hear of those that wanted men, that put me in good cheer.
I packed my Kennebecker and for Indiantown did steer.
When I arrived at Indiantown, being much fatigued from tramp,
I fell in with two portash teams bound for McCullam Camp.
John Ingraham, Bill Derringham were both of these men's names,
Belonging to McCullam Camp and drove two portash teams.
I drove with Billy Derringham, a verse for him I'll make,
He drove a gray and a roan that he brought from the Grand Lake,
The horse he weighed twelve hundred, and a noble beast to haul,
the mare she was a beauty too, although she was but small.
When we arrived at McCullam Camp, being hungry, tired and cold,
The face of Billy Bryenton was the first I did behold.
The crew they were as fine a bunch as ever I did see,
That was my first experience [up] on the Mirimichi.