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Lyr Req: The Jones Boys

Booklynrose 21 Mar 10 - 10:19 PM
meself 22 Mar 10 - 12:38 AM
Booklynrose 22 Mar 10 - 08:19 PM
Snuffy 23 Mar 10 - 09:22 AM
Dave Ruch 23 Mar 10 - 01:47 PM
GUEST,leeneia 24 Mar 10 - 01:24 PM
meself 24 Mar 10 - 02:14 PM
Jim Dixon 28 Mar 10 - 01:12 PM
GUEST,Guest David Jones 29 Mar 10 - 12:34 AM
Snuffy 29 Mar 10 - 08:50 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Jones Boys
From: Booklynrose
Date: 21 Mar 10 - 10:19 PM

Why couldn't the Jones boys make the sawmill pay? What are the words to the song? The chorus has been running through my mind all afternoon.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Jones Boys
From: meself
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 12:38 AM

Price of milled lumber versus cost of logs; general state of the economy; value of Canadian versus US dollar; US tariffs on Cdn wood; mill too darn far from the woods; couldn't compete with third-world labour costs; Jones boys didn't know nawthin' from nawthin' 'bout runnin' a sawmill - when you think about it, there are many possibilities ....

Sump'm like:

Oh, the Jones boys,
They built a mill,
On the top of a hill, [which, if correct, might explain why it didn't pay]
And they worked all night,
And they worked all day,
But they couldn't make that sawmill pay.

Oh, the Jones boys,
They built a still,
On the top of a hill,
And they worked one night,
And they worked one day,
And, oh, how that little still did pay!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Jones Boys
From: Booklynrose
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 08:19 PM

Thank you.
Any idea who sings it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Jones Boys
From: Snuffy
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 09:22 AM

Sung by Alan Mills for one on the Folkways album Songs of the Maritimes: Lumberman Songs and Songs of the Sea


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Jones Boys
From: Dave Ruch
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 01:47 PM

I feel like I've heard Michael Cooney sing this a few times...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Jones Boys
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 01:24 PM

They didn't have rhythm, either. Because that has got to be the most lurching, lumbering (heh heh) set of words for a folk song that I have ever heard.

Don't buy their booze.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Jones Boys
From: meself
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 02:14 PM

It was apparently a favourie song of Lord Beaverbrook. Draw your own conclusions. Then tell us.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE JONES BOY (Mills Brothers)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Mar 10 - 01:12 PM

I guess you didn't mean this song, did you? It's identified on some albums as THE JONES BOYS?which makes no sense, because only one boy is mentioned in the song.

THE JONES BOY
Manny Kurtz/Victor Mizzy
As sung by the Mills Brothers with Sy Oliver and his Orchestra, Decca 28945, circa 1953?

The whole town's talkin' about the Jones boy,
The Jones boy, the Jones boy.
The whole town's talkin' about the Jones boy.
He acts mighty peculiar now.

The whole town's sayin' he was a good boy,
A nice boy, a swell boy.
The whole town's sayin' he's not a well boy.
He just isn't the same somehow.

He hops, he jumps
So merrily over the water pumps.
He stops and then
He'll come to a pump and he'll jump again.
They're buzzin' over the fences
That he's gone out of his senses.

The whole town's talkin' about the Jones boy,
The poor boy, the Jones boy,
But I just happen to be the Jones boy,
And I happen to be in love,
Yes, I happen to be in love.

[Also recorded by Bing Crosby, the Ames Brothers, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, and a few others.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Jones Boys
From: GUEST,Guest David Jones
Date: 29 Mar 10 - 12:34 AM

I have the words as sent to me by Michael Cooney, when I work out how to cut and paste I will post them. It was a favorite of Lord Beaverbrook and the story is that be sang it to Molotov at the Yalta Conference. Molotov said that the song explained the failure of the capitalist system.
Here is one verse:
I'll sing you a song of the Jones Boys who lived on yonder hill,
They were two jovial fellows and they used to run the mill,
They ran the mill on the side of the hill and Liza she worked in the kiln,
They worked all night and they worked all day,
But they couldn't make the goshdarn sawmill pay.

Then the Chorus. The Jones Boys ------


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Jones Boys
From: Snuffy
Date: 29 Mar 10 - 08:50 AM

With a few very minor variations, the words used by Alan Mills on his 1959 album Songs of the Maritimes: Lumberman Songs and Songs of the Sea are as given by "meself" on 22 Mar 10 - 12:38 AM

Oh, the Jones boys,
They built a mill,
On the side of the hill,
And they worked all night,
And they worked all day,
But they couldn't make that god-darned sawmill pay.

Oh, the Jones boys,
They built a still,
On the top of the hill,
And they worked one night,
And they worked one day,
And, Lord, how that little old still did pay!


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