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Lyr Req: Excursion around the Bay (Johnny Burke)

Karen 22 Jan 97 - 02:21 AM
vstockin@epsb@edmonton.ab.ca 06 Sep 98 - 09:57 PM
rich r 09 Sep 98 - 09:56 PM
Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca 12 Sep 98 - 07:38 PM
Leo 30 Sep 98 - 08:38 PM
Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca 01 Oct 98 - 05:44 PM
GUEST,ursa 26 Oct 00 - 11:30 AM
Clinton Hammond2 26 Oct 00 - 12:24 PM
GUEST,Sorcha 01 Sep 01 - 05:04 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 28 Oct 01 - 09:28 PM
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Subject: req: Excursion Around the Bay
From: Karen
Date: 22 Jan 97 - 02:21 AM

I'm looking for the lyrics to a traditional Newfoundland song called "Excursion Around the Bay." Can anyone help me out?


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Subject: LYR REQ: Excursion around the Bay
From: vstockin@epsb@edmonton.ab.ca
Date: 06 Sep 98 - 09:57 PM

I am having a heck of a time to find the words to this song on the net. Does anyone have them??


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Excursion around the Bay
From: rich r
Date: 09 Sep 98 - 09:56 PM

Can you supply any more information. Where you heard it, some of the words you remember, the subject matter, whatever.

rich r


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Excursion around the Bay
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 12 Sep 98 - 07:38 PM

Great Big Sea sings it. I don't think the lyrics are that hard to make out but I haven't my CD at hand. It isn't in the two books of Newfoundland songs that I have.


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Subject: Need Lyr:Excursion around the bay
From: Leo
Date: 30 Sep 98 - 08:38 PM

Does any one know this song? A version is sung by Great Big Sea, but I haven't found the album it is on.


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Subject: RE: Need Lyr:Excursion around the bay
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 01 Oct 98 - 05:44 PM

You can buy it at http://www.bpm.on.ca , a concern with which I have no connection except for buying CD's from them.


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Subject: RE: Need Lyr:Excursion around the bay
From: GUEST,ursa
Date: 26 Oct 00 - 11:30 AM

I don't know the lyrics but the song is on their new live cd "road rage". just saw tem here in Pittsburgh a couple of weeks ago. absolutely loved them!


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Subject: RE: Need Lyr:Excursion around the bay
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 26 Oct 00 - 12:24 PM

One of the few songs that GBS has done that I can actually stomach...

EXCURSION AROUND THE BAY

Well it was on this Monday morning and the day being calm and fine
To the Harbor Grace Excursion with the boys to have a time
And just before a sailor took the gangway from the pier
I saw some fellow haul my wife aboard as a volunteer

Oh Me Oh My I heard m' old one cry
Oh Me Oh My I Think I'm Gonna Die
Oh Me Oh My I heard my old wife say
I wish I'd never taken this excursion around the bay

We had full three hundred souls on board oh what a splendid sight
Massed strong and regimental to make our spirits bright
And m'self being in the double All the funny things they'd say
They'd choke themselves with laughing when they'd see us in the bay

My wife she got no better she turned a sickly green
I fed her cake and candy, Fried pork and kerosene
Castor Oil and sugar rock candy I rubbed pure oil on her face
And I said she'll be a dandy when we reaches Harbor Grace

My wife she got no better my wife m' darling dear
The screeches from Etrollia (sp?) you could hear in Carbonear
I tried every place in Harbor Grace I tried every store and shop
To get her something for a cure or take her to the Hop'

She died below the Brandy's as we where coming back
We buried her in the ocean wrapped up in a Union Jack
So now I am a single man in search of a pretty face
And the woman that say's she'll have me I'm off by Harbor Grace

So there ya have it.. wear it in good heath or whatever...

{~`


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Subject: Lyr Add: EXCURSION AROUND THE BAY
From: GUEST,Sorcha
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 05:04 PM

Excursion Around The Bay

- traditional

Well it was on this Monday morning
And the day be calm and fine
A harbour grace excursion
With the boys who had the time
And just before the sailor
Took the gangway from the pier
I saw some fellow haul me wife
Aboard as a volunteer

(chorus)
Oh me, oh my, I heard me old wife cry
Oh me, oh my, I think I'm gonna die!
Oh me, oh my, I heard me old wife say,
"I wish I'd never taken this excursion around the bay"
We had fourteen hundred souls aboard, oh what a splendid sight!
Left stong and regimental to make our spirits bright
And meself being in the double, when a funny things they'd say
They choke themselves from laughing when they'd see us in the bay

(chorus)

Me wife she got no better, she turned a sickly green
I fed her cake and candy, fat pork and kerosene
Castor Oil and sugar of candy, I rubbed pure oil on her face
And I said she'll be a dandy when we reaches Harbour Grace!

(chorus)

My wife she got no better, my wife me darling dear
The screeches from her trollear could hear in Carbonear
I tried every place in Harbour Grace,
Tried every store and shop,
To get her something for a cure or take her to the hop

(chorus)

She died below the brandy's as we were coming back
We buried her in the ocean, wrapped up in a Union Jack
So now I am a single man, in search of a pretty face
And the woman that says she'll have me, I'm off for Harbour Grace!

(chorus)


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Subject: Lyr Add: EXCURSION AROUND THE BAY (Johnny Burke)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 28 Oct 01 - 09:28 PM

Excursion Around the Bay

It was early Monday morning and the day been calm and fine
To the Harbor Grace excursion with the boys to have a time
And just before the sailor pulled the gang way from the pier
I saw some fella haul me wife aboard as a volunteer
 
Chorus
O Me O My I heard me poor wife cry
O Me O My I think I'm gonna die
O Me O My I heard me poor wife say
I wish I'd never taken this excursion around the bay
 
We had three hundred souls on board, oh what a splendid sight
Both strong and regimental to make our spirits bright
With me self being in the double with the funny things they'd say
And they'd choke themselves from laughing when they see us in the bay
 
Now me wife she got no better She turned a sickly green
I gave her soap and candy fat pork and gasoline
Castor-oil and sugar of candy I rubbed hair oil on her face
And they said she'd be a dandy when she reaches Harbour Grace
 
My wife she got no better, my wife my darling dear
The screeches from her trolly you could hear in Carbonear
I searched every place in Harbor Grace, searched every store and shop,
To get her something for the cure or take her to the hop.
 
She died below the Brandy's as we were coming back
We buried her in the ocean wrapped up in the Union Jack
And now I am a single man in search of a pretty face
And the woman who says she'll have me, sure I'm off for Harbour Grace.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Excursion around the Bay
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 02:31 AM

It's hard for me to believe that this is traditional. Anybody have source and background information for this song, and are the lyrics correct?
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Excursion around the Bay
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 04:43 AM

I wouldn't have regarded it as 'trad' either, but it's listed as such on Great Big Sea's first album. However, the notes to the song add 'tradition attributes this song to Johnny Burke, a turn-of-the-century St John's songwriter.'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Excursion around the Bay
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 09:04 AM

Mudcatter GEST on his excellent site of Newfoundland music attributes it to Johnny Burke as well.


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