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Subject: Lyr Add: AUNT MARTHA'S SHEEP (D Nolan & E Coles)
From: Bob Landry
Date: 04 Jun 97 - 04:51 PM

A contribution and a request. I understand there are at least two sequels to this tune, the first when the Mountie returns to arrest the culprits and the second when the culprits are tried when they reach the great beyond. I would be grateful for the words to the sequels.

AUNT MARTHA'S SHEEP
(Words and music by Dick Nolan & Ellis Coles Copyright 1972 by Dunbar Music Canada Ltd.)
(Recorded: Dick Nolan, Fisherman's Boy, RCA Camden CAS-2576 Stereo)

Come gather all around me and I'll sing to you a tale
About the boys in Carmenville who almost went to jail
It happened on a November's night when all hands was asleep
We crept up over Joe Tuck's hill and stole Aunt Martha's sheep

Now if you pay attention, I know I'll make you laugh
We never went to steal the sheep, we went to steal the calf
The old cow she got angry 'cause we woke her from her sleep
We couldn't take any chances, so we had to steal the sheep

We caught the woolly animal and dragged her from her pen
She said good-bye to the little lambs she'd never see again
She knew that those dark strangers soon would take her life
In less than half an hour she felt the dreadful knife.

Aunt Martha she got angry when she heard about the loss
She said she'd catch the robbers, no matter what the cost
Next morning just as sunrise she to the office went
And to the RCMP a telegram she sent

The Mountie got the message and started in to read
"This is from Aunt Martha telling an awful deed
Last night my sheep was stolen by whom I cannot tell
I'd like for you to catch them and to drag them back to jail"

Just a short time later, about twelve o'clock that night
We had the sheep a-cookin' an' everyone feelin' tight
The smell of mutton and onions, no man could want for more
We were chug-luggin' Dominion when a Mountie walked in the door

Said "Sorry boys your party I really don't want to wreck
I smelled the meat a-cooking and I had to come in and check
You see, the sheep was stolen and the thief is on the loose"
I said "Come right in and join us, sir, we're havin' a piece of moose"

He said "Thanks a lot" and he sat right down and we gave him a piece of the sheep
"This is the finest piece of moose I know I've ever eat"
About two o'clock in the morning he bid us all good-day
"If we get any clues on the sheep, sir, we'll phone you right away"

He said "Thanks a lot you're a darn fine bunch and your promise I know you'll keep
And if everyone was as good as you, she wouldn't have lost her sheep"
After he left we had the piece we had in the oven to roast
We might have stolen the sheep, boys, but the Mountie ate the most.

Many thanks to Bert if the HMTL line Break tag works.


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Subject: RE: Aunt Martha's Sheep
From: Bob Landry
Date: 25 Feb 98 - 06:40 PM

I've noticed some new Newfies on Mudcat. Bringing this thread up again in hopes that one of them may have the words to the sequels.

Thanks, Bob


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Subject: Lyr Add: AUNT MARTHA'S SHEEP
From: NEWFOUNDLANDER
Date: 03 Mar 98 - 04:24 PM

Hello Bob. This is the first version of AUNT MARTHA’S SHEEP. I don’t have the other one yet, but I’m searching and as soon as I get it I will post it. Good luck with this one.

AUNT MARTHA’S SHEEP

Come gather all around me and I’ll sing to you a tale
About the boys from Clarenville who almost went to jail.
It happened on a November night when all hands were asleep.
We crept up over Joe Talk’s Hill and stole Aunt Martha’s sheep.

Now if you pay attention, I know I’ll make you laugh.
We never went to steal the sheep. We went to steal the calf.
The old cow she got angry ‘cause we wake her from her sleep.
We couldn’t take any chances, so we had to steal the sheep.

We caught the wooly animal and dragged her from her pen.
She said goodbye to little lamb she’d never see again.
She knew that those dark strangers soon would take her life.
In less than half an hour she felt the dreadful knife.

Aunt Martha she got angry when she heard about the loss.
She said she’d catch the robbers no matter what the cost.
Next morning just at sunrise, she to the office went
And to the RCMP a telegram she sent.

The Mountie got the message and he started in to read:
“This is from Aunt Martha, telling an awful deed.
Last night my sheep was stolen. By whom I cannot tell.
I’d like for you to catch them and drag them back to jail.”

Well, just a short time later, about 12 o’clock that night,
We had the sheep a-cookin’ and every one feeling tight.
The smell of mutton and onions, no man could ask for more.
We were chug-a-luggin’ Dominion when the Mountie walked in the door.

He said, “Sorry, boys. Your party I really don’t want to wreck.
I smelled the meat a-cookin’ and I had to come in and check.
You see, the sheep was stolen and the thief is on the loose.”
I said, “Come right in and join us, sir. We’re having a piece of moose.”

He said, “Thanks a lot,” and he sat right down and I gave him a piece of the sheep.
“This is the finest piece of moose I know I ever eat.”
About 2 o’clock in the morning, he bid us all good day.
“If we get any news from the sheep, sir, we’ll phone you right away.”

He said, “Thanks a lot. You’re a darn fine bunch, and your promise I know you’ll keep.
If every one was as good as you, she wouldn’t have lost her sheep.”
After he left, we had the piece we had in the oven to roast.
We might have stole the sheep, boys, but the Mountie ate the most.


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Subject: RE: AUNT MARTHA'S SHEEP
From: Bob Landry
Date: 03 Mar 98 - 07:25 PM

Thanks, Newf. I already had this one. Posted it some time ago. I'll look forward to the two sequels.

TIA, Bob


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Subject: RE: Aunt Martha's Sheep
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 06 Jan 99 - 05:49 AM

Thanks. I was just thinking of that song. In Halifax, there is a station that usually plays Newfie songs on Saturday afternoon. I wonder if they do requests, or can point in the direction. I hadn't recall there were sequels, much less two of them, but I THINK I remember hearing one of them maybe 10 years ago.


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Subject: RE: Aunt Martha's Sheep
From: Bob Landry
Date: 06 Jan 99 - 11:54 AM

George, thanks for reminding me about that radio show. I listened to it during my years in Halifax (in the 1970's). At that time, it was hosted by a guy named Pelley (whose brother, Walter, worked with my Dad in North Sydney). HE might be able to give you leads on the sequels if you can get in touch with him, and, if you're successful in getting the words to the sequels, please post them here.

Thanks Bob


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Subject: RE: Aunt Martha's Sheep
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 11:49 PM

Here's one sequel to Aunt Martha's Sheep.

You Can't Fool A Newfoundlander


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU CAN'T FOOL A NEWFOUNDLANDER
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 17 Nov 03 - 04:12 PM

YOU CAN'T FOOL A NEWFOUNDLANDER
Ben Weatherby
See also: Aunt Martha's Sheep

Here's the finish of the story I think that I should tell
About the b'ys in Carmenville who ended up in jail.
They went out on a caper as they went to steal a calf
And thought they fooled a Mountie, but the Mountie got the laugh.

As they told you in the story, the Mountie joined right in.
He had a feed of mutton and he thanked them with a grin.
"If I wasn't still on duty, well, I'd stay and have a beer,
For a finer bunch of by's I know I'll never find like here."

Now, when he left they thought that they had seen the last of he.
They didn't know that in a while back to the house he'd be,
And that he wouldn't be alone, a friend would be with him,
And this time at the party, well, he'd wear a bigger grin.

Now as they watched him drive away, they all began to boast
To think they gave him mutton and he thought that it was moose.
A Mountie from the mainland, they knew they'd told him lies,
And drank a toast to the wool they pulled over his eyes.

They were drinking and were talking 'bout the sheep that they had took,
When above the songs and laughter they heard another knock.
They said. "come on in and join us 'cause we're havin' quite a night,"
But when the door came open, well, they got an awful fright.

In the doorway stood Aunt Martha who had come to claim her sheep,
And the man who stood beside her, he had boots upon his feet.
With stripes upon his trousers and a grin upon his face,
The Mountie from the mainland was a man from Harbour Grace!

So now they wish the mutton had come from other means,
For now instead of mutton they're eatin' pork and beans.
So if you see a man and on his hat's a yellow band,
Don't think that you can fool him -- he might be from Newfoundland!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Aunt Martha's Sheep
From: GUEST,Goose Bay Dude
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 02:08 AM

Loved listening to Aunt Martha's Sheep when Stompin Tom played at the NCO Club at Goose Bay. Brings back a lot of memories. Snow Snakes and Molson forever.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Aunt Martha's Sheep
From: GUEST,Alan Batterman
Date: 14 Jul 09 - 09:33 AM

The other sequel to "Aunt Martha's Sheep" is called "Courtroom in the Sky." It is on Dick Nolan's album "Happy Newfoundlanders."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Aunt Martha's Sheep
From: GUEST,you know who
Date: 27 Feb 11 - 02:54 PM

there is another done by dick nolan court room in the sky the tird in the saga


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