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Subject: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Jul 04 - 12:08 PM

I found out that there may be a lumberjack version of Old Moke Pickin' on the Banjo called "Song of the Pinewoods." The Traditional Ballad Index says it's in Earl Clifton Beck's Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks (1941). Does anybody have the Beck book? If you do, could you post the "Pinewoods" lyrics in the "Old Moke" thread. And if you really feel generous, post the index of the Beck book here in this thread, so we know what else we can ask you for.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: IvanB
Date: 19 Jul 04 - 08:16 PM

Joe, the book is in the collections of the Lansing Library (noncirculating) as well as circulating copies at the State of Michigan Library and the MSU Library. If nobody comes forth to claim ownership of a copy, I'll hike my keester over to one of the above and see about checking out a copy to scan at least the TC or index.


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 12:00 AM

Hi, Ivan - somebody posted "Song of the Pinewoods" from another Beck book. It sure would be nice to have that index if you get a chance.
I thought of buying the book, since I'm Michigan-borna and all - but the cheapest copy I could find cost a hundred bucks.
I hate those darn "collectors" who buy books for an investment, inflating prices and never using the books.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: harpgirl
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 11:15 AM

Joe, you might enjoy this fella if you don't already know of him:http://www.neilwoodward.com/index.html


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: IvanB
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 01:50 PM

I can second harp's endorsement of Neil Woodward, Joe. A number of years back he was my sometimes guitar teacher. I say "sometimes" because I had decided to relearn the guitar after I retired, but Neil is busy with gigs all summer and Gaile and I started traveling as much as possible during the winter, so it was hard to schedule lesson times.

Be that as it may, Neil is a treasure trove of Michigan songs as well as many he's written himself. He amply deserved the honor the legislature gave him.


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 02:48 PM

I'll have to look into Neil Woodward - looks like he does some interesting stuff.
Gee that give me an opportunity to put in a plug for Lee Murdock, http://www.leemurdock.com. I suppose he isn't technically a Michigander, but his Great Lakes songs take me home.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 03:09 PM

OT: if a man from Michigan is a Michigander is his wife a Michigoose?


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: Barbara
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 03:40 PM

No, MMario, that's what we call the people who ask that question.
And, Joe, for Michigan-like logging songs, there's always Wade Hemsworth of Ontario.
Blessings,
Barbara, another ex-pat Michigander living on the left coast.


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 03:53 PM

Ah, yes Wade!.."Sitting in the Smoke Until the Black Flies Go" a treasure by anyone's standards!


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: Folkiedave
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 06:26 AM

The book is available via the internet for $75.00 but it does seem that the average price is around $100 - $150. Try www.halfpricebooks.com for the $75.00 book.

In reply to Joe about investors in books....I am in the UK and it MAY be different in the USA. With that proviso...and in the spirit of sharing information and experience...

As a second-hand bookseller of folk-related items......and incidentally of no other sort of books....I am afraid price is not often put up by investors as such - how can you measure such a thing? It is put up buy folksingers, folk musicians and people interested in these books like you and me.

As an example I have sold a number of copies of B.H.Bronson "Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads" which if you can get a set of them are around $1500 -$1800 a set or around $350 each. ALL of them have gone to singers. They won't sell them and in one case for certain neither will their family who follow, so they are now out of circulation for the foreseeable future.

As far as I am aware (and I know the vast majority of my customers) all the books I have sold over the space of the last four years have gone to singers or people interested in singing and folk music in general. The majority of my sales are made at folk festivals and it is unlikely there are investors there, only folkies. The most expensive ones I ever sold were a set of original Child (limited edition of 1000) and they went to a singer/musician.

"Folk books" in my considerable experience do not seem to go to investors. They go to folk singing people who hang onto them, thus taking them out of circulation and thus inevitably putting up the price since folk books tend to be printed once and once only.

But it easy to get around this problem - sell me any folk books you have, putting them back into circulation. Naturally you won't want any increase on the market price like an investor would so I promise to pay whatever the price the bookseller charged for them when new. I'll stand the loss on any that have gone down in price (1965 Edition of Child by Dover has fallen in price like a stone since the Loomis House edition started). I can recommend a number of American booksellers who I am sure would offer you the same deal.

Rant over and I'll increase my medication. The people with the white coats are not far away.

Best regards,

Dave Eyre
www.collectorsfolk.co.uk


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Jul 04 - 02:36 AM

Well said, Dave - but ooh, those prices hurt!
-Joe Offer, who has more than his fair share of songbooks-


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: Folkiedave
Date: 22 Jul 04 - 08:14 AM

They hurt me to charge them too.........(!!)

Best regards,

Dave


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Subject: Index: Lore of the Lumber Camps (Beck)
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jul 04 - 01:29 AM

Time to grease the squeaky Joe

LORE OF THE LUMBER CAMPS
by Earl Clifton Beck (1948 University of Michigan Press)
This is a revised and enlarged edition of "Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks" (1941)

I. LIFE IN THE/LUMBERING CAMPS

I   The Jolly Shanty Boy. . . . . . . .. . .
2   Shanty-Bay's Reveille. . . . . . . . .. . .
3   Song of the Pinewoods . . . . .. .
4   Lumberjack's Prayer. . . . . . . . . .. . .
5   Michigan-I-O..................
6   The Buffalo Song. . . . . . . . . . .. . .
7   Coolie's Run-I-O .........
8 . I'm a Saginaw Valley Man. . . . . . . . .
9   Don't Come to Michigan. . . . . . . .
10   Once More A-Lumbering Go . . ... .
11 A Shantyman's Life. . .. . .. .. .
12   I Have Worked in the Woods. . . . . . . .
I3   Alphabet Song. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
14   Lumbering on the Cass . . . . ..
15 The Old Cass        . . . . ..
16   Driving Logs on the Cass . . . . . .
17   Snaggin' the Klackin' . . . . . . .
18 From Ogemaw        . . . . . . . . .
19   Turner's Camp on the Chippewa. . . . . ..
20   Johnny Carroll's Camp. . . . . . . . .
21   Boardman River Song. . . . . . . .
22   Camp Thirteen on the Manistee . .. .
23   Louie Sands and Jim McGee. . . . .. .
24   Little Brown Bulls. . . . . . . . . . .
25   Lumberjack's Revival. . . . . . . . . . .
26   Great Lakes Limericks. . . . . .. .
27   Wright and Ketchum Line. . . . . .
28   Budd Lake Plains. . . . . . . .. .
29   The Greenhorn. . . . . . . .
30   By the Banks of the Manistee . . . ..
31 Peter Ambelay ... . . . . . . . . . . ..
32 Sixteen Men in a Pine-Slab Bunk. . .
33 A Horse Teamster. . . . . . .
34   The Dam on Baldwin Creek. . . . . .
35   Save Your Money When You're Young.
36   When O'Connor Drew His Pay. . . . . . . . .
37   Falling of the Pine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
38   Shanty Boys in the Pine. . .. .
39   Roasting Little Chipmunks. . . . .
40   Curtis House at Jennings. . . . . . . . .
41        Battle of '82 . .
42   The Costly Crosshaul .. .
43    Bringing Him In Alive. . . . . . . . . .
4'4   Ridin' the Smokestack. . ..
45    Paul Bunyan's Manistee.
46        Paul Bunyan's Big Ox        .
47    Round River Drive. .
48        Longing        . .

Ill. THE LUMBERJACK AND THE LUMBERJILL

49 The Re-Light Saloon
50   The FlatRlver Girl. . . . . . . .. . . ..
51 The Cowboy's Flat River Girl. . . . . . . .        
52   The Little Eau Pleine        . .
53   The Chippewa Girl
54   The Curst Wife
55   Old Kitarden
56   Bung Yer Eye . . . . . . . . . . . .
57    The Shanty Boy Wins. . . . . . ..
58    Shanty.Boy Dance Jingles ....
59   On The Bnnks.of The Pamanaw . . . . . .
60    Wright Is Left. . . . . . . . . . . .
61   Just to Make a Change in Business. . . . . . . ..

II. DIALECT SONGS

62   Ole from Norway. . . . . . . . . . . .
63   Ay Ban a Svede . .. . . . . . ..
64   On Meesh-e-gan ......
65   Ole Pete Bateese . . . . . . . .
66   The Wreck of the Julie Plante. . . . . . .
67   Ze Skunk. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .

IV. TRAGEDIES IN THE WOODS

68        Six Whistles. . . . .
69   The Jam on Gerry's Rocks. . . . . . . .
70   The Death of Harry Bradford. . . . . . .
7 I   Wild Mustard River. . . . . . . . .. .
72   John Robertson. . . . . . . . . . . .
73   John Singleton. . . . .
74   Harry Dunn. . . . . . . . . .
75   Harry Bail. . . . . . . . . .. .
77   Les Reeder. . . . . . . . . . .
78   Jimmie Whalen. . . . . . . . .
79   Jimmie Whalen's Girl. . . . . .
80   The Wreck on Covel's. . . . .. . .
81 'Twas on the Napanee . . . . . . . .. .
82   The Beau Shai River. . . . . .. .
83   The McDonald Family. .. . . . .. .
84   The Man from Conner's Crew. . . .. .
85   Shanty Boy's Ill Fate. . . . . .. . .
86   Grouchy Bill ..........
87    Ed's Thoughts. . . . . ...
88   Jim Brooks. . . . ...
89   The Kid ... . . . . . . .

V. BUNKHOUSE BALLADS

90 Pat Malloy. . . . . . . . .
91   The Hcll.bound Train. . ...
92   The Old Bog Hole. . . . . . . . . . . .
93   One Day of Turkey and 'Six Days of Hash. . . . . . . .
94   The Wild Colonial Boy. . . . . . . .. . .
95   Bold Jack Donohue. . . . . . . . . . .
96   Johnnie Troy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .
97   The Fate of the Cumberland Crew. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
98 Minnie Quay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
99   Lake Huron's Rock-bound Shore. . . . . . . . .
100 The Indian's Lament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
101 Boys, Stay Away from the Girls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
102 Never Take the Horseshoe from the Door. . . . . . . .
103 My Scolding Wife. . . . . . . . . . . .

VI. NAMES IN THE TIMBERLANDS

104   Timekeeper's Lament. . . . . . . . .. .
105   Paddy Hart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .
106   Up on Elk Lake. . . . . . . . . .. .
107   Coe Creek Song...............
108   Peaslee's Lumber Crew. . . . . . . . .
109   Hall's Lumber Crew. . . . . .
110        Adams's Crew
111   Dempsey's Lumber Camp. .. . . .
112   'Way Down near Alpena
113   Just a Poor Lumberjack. . . . .
114   Drunk on the Way. . . . . . . . .. . .
115   Dick Derrick's Rear. . . . . .. .
116   Jut Gannon. . . . . . .
117   Old David Ward. . . . . . . .
118   Perry Allen. . . . .


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Jul 04 - 02:11 AM

Thank you very much for posting that index. It sounds so good, I ordered a copy for myself. Cost me $36.50, plus $4 postage. Not a bargain, but not horrible.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jul 04 - 11:37 PM

Those who loved the previous might also be interested in"They Knew Paul Bunyan" by E. C. Beck (1956, University of Michigan) (Lib cong. 56-11319)

About 3/4 or more of the songs in this are also in Lore of the Lumber Camp. This one also has a chapter of Paul Bunyan stories.

Index

Alphabet Song 33
Bebe Hung One on Us 212
Big Eau Claire, The 207
Bold Jack Donohue 244
Bung Yer Eye 189
Camp Seven Song 226
Camp 13 on the Manistee 55
Chance McGear 164
Curst Wife, The 191
Death of Harry Bradford, The 130
Don't Come to Michigan 116
Down by the Wild Mustard River 145
Drill Ye Terriers 120
Driving Logs on the Cass 38
Dying Hoopmaker, The 176
East Jordan Line, The 233
Fate of the "Cumberland" Crew, The 249
Flint River Girl, The 182
Grizzly Hogan 53
Grouchy Bill 156
Harry Bahel 141
Harry Dunn 151
I'm a Saginaw Valley Man 121
In Old Paul Bunyan's Camps 72
Jam on Gerry's Rocks, The 126
Jim Brooks 162
Jimmie Whalen 138
Jimmie Whalen's Girl 139
Johnnie Troy 246
Johnny Carroll's Camp 46
John Robertson 168
Jolly Shanty Boy, The 31
Just to Make a Change in Business 235
Jut Gannon 228
Les Reeder
Little Brown Bulls 67
Little Eau Pleine, The 201
Louie Sands and Jim McGee 66
Lumberjack's Prayer 122
Lumberjack's Revival on Religion in Camp 88
Manistee Lumberjack, The 64
McDonald Family, The 172
Micrugan-I-O 109
Now I Lay Me 122
Old David Ward 230
Old River Driver, The 36
Once More A-Lumbering Go 106
On the Banks of the Pamanaw 197
Our Foreman, Mr. Knight 224
Paddy Hart 218
Paul Bunyan's Manistee 73
Reveille in. the Woods 121
Road-Icer, The 123
Round River Drive 76
Shanty Boy and the Mossback, 193
The Shanty Boy's Ill Fate 136
Shanty Boys in the Pine 92
Shanty Man's Life, A 103
Snaggin' the Klackin' 42
Sweet Love of God Shave 240
Ten Little Words 151
Timekeeper's Lament 216
Turner's Camp on the Chippewa 42
Way down near Alpena 223
Way up at Leota 50
When O'Connor Drew His Pay 52
Wild Colonial Boy, The 241


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 24 Jul 04 - 12:58 AM

Interested in both folk songs and also being a 'collector' of first editons (mysteries), I can only repeat what FolkieDave says. For the collector of modern literature, the copies must be near pristine. (Example- I lucked on a very fine "The Blessing Way," 1970, by Tony Hillerman, 1st English edition. A must for Hillerman collectors. About $500 US. The American first is US$1000-1900 for fine copies with fine dust jacket).

Contrast that with the much rarer Jamieson, 1806, Popular Ballads and Songs, 2 vol., less than $400 US. Or Ramsay, The Tea-Table Miscellany, 11th ed of 1750 (supposedly the most complete) for a little over $400. Even D'Urfey, Wit and Mirth of 1719-1720, all six volumes ("nice clean, attractive set") at $1865- about the same as that pristine Hillerman- and much, much rarer!

Few 'collectors' are interested in grubby books, which only students of music, architecture, etc., would buy. If a music book is useful and hard-to-get, the price represents our competition with one another


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Subject: Add: On Meesh-e-gan (Part)
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Aug 04 - 02:27 PM

I note the dialect song "On Meesh-e-gan" is listed in the Contents of Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks.

Would this be the song quoted by SF author Gordon Dickson in his story "The Immortal?" (or did he write it?—sounds likely traditional) He includes the following two and a half verses:

Come all you beeg Canada men,
Who want find work on Meesheegan,
Dere's beeg log drive all troo our lan'
You sure fin' work on Meesheegan,

When you come drive de beeg saw log
You got to jump jus' lak de frog!
De foreman come, he say go sak,
You got in de watair all over your back.

Praps you work on drive, tree-four day,
You find dat drive dat she don't pay...

He also quotes a single verse of another dialect song:

Frainchman, he don't lak to die in de fall!
When de mairsh she am so full of de game!
An de leetle gool-frog, he's roll veree fat,
An de leetle moosh-rat, he's just de same!


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Subject: RE: seek: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Aug 04 - 02:43 PM

Nothing like answering your own query. It's in Lomax's American Ballads and Folk Songs as "On Meesh-e-Gan" (knew I had seen it somewhere), with tune, but I missed it when I looked the first time.

All the verses cited above are from that song, though superficiallyl the meter sounds different...it can be fitted in, though.

In the quoted verses, "gool-frog" typo should be "bool-frog."

And, once and for all, Gordon Dickson didn't write it. Had he been THAT good at writing folksongs, he could do it full time! Fun song, too.


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Subject: Earl Clifton "E.C." or "Doc" Beck (E.C.Beck)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 May 05 - 04:45 PM

I came across some biographical information on E.C. Beck, and thought it was worth posting. Anybody know where his papers might be archived?
-Joe Offer-



Michigan Heritage Awards
E.C. Beck
1989 posthumous awardee, Brighton (Oakland County), folklorist and collector of Michigan lumberjack lore

Earl Clifton "E.C." or "Doc" Beck began his lifelong study of northern Michigan lumberjacks in the 1930s. He collected their songs, stories, and dances through the 1940s, urging the 70- and 80 year-old former lumber workers to let him collect and publish the material before it disappeared. Doc taught English and folklore at Central Michigan University, where he also chaired the English department. In addition to his passion for teaching, Doc's love was collecting songs in the woods. He once described his fieldwork as "high adventure," adding that "it has given me unforgettable experiences, vigorous days in the out-of-doors, and some most interesting friends." (1)

The first National Folk Festival in 1934 offered Doc the opportunity to present Michigan lumberjacks and their lore to public audiences. He held a contest for the men to audition, chose just 11, and accompanied this "lively group of oldsters" as he called them, to sing, dance, and entertain the festival audience in St. Louis. The men dressed their part in boots, red bandanas around their necks, and plaid Mackinaws. They proved to be a popular act. The Michigan Lumberjacks toured both nation and state for the next 20 years under Doc's management, performing for school assemblies, service club meetings, trade shows, local festivals, professional meetings, and radio programs such as "We the People." (2)

Doc's writings continue to be recognized as significant contributions to Michigan folklore scholarship. His three lumberjack books, Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks (1942), Lore of the Lumber Camps (1948), and They Knew Paul Bunyan (1956), and his original song sheets constitute a valuable collection of the narrative traditions of an occupational group for which the state is well known. In 1959 the Library of Congress produced the recording Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks for which Doc edited the liner notes. E. C. Beck will long be remembered as the collector of the Michigan lumberjack ballad, for bringing recognition to individual folk artists, and for tirelessly promoting Michigan's logging heritage. He died in 1977 at the age of 85.

(1) Beck, Earl Clifton. Songs of Michigan Lumberjacks. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 1942.
(2) Beck, Earl Clifton. It Was This Way. Ann Arbor: Cushing-Malloy, Inc. 1963.


Michigan Heritage Awards
© 2003 Michigan State University
http://www.museum.msu.edu/s-program/mh_awards/awards/1989ecb.html


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Subject: RE: book: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks (E.C.Beck)
From: Dave Ruch
Date: 28 May 05 - 08:24 PM

Try this, Joe.

http://www.museum.msu.edu/s-program/mtap/Collections/ecbeck.html


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Subject: RE: book: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks (E.C.Beck)
From: GUEST,Martin Couch
Date: 17 Feb 12 - 03:16 PM

I have a vinyl copy-http://www.loc.gov/folklife/LP/AFS_L56_opt.pdf.
The links seems to have complete lyrics, but I don't have time to verify at the moment. The song you're looking for isn't on the record, but I'm happy to help with whatever info. I can.

Cheers,

Marty


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Subject: RE: book: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks (E.C.Beck)
From: GUEST,ClareMichigan
Date: 07 Sep 14 - 12:43 AM

There IS actually a song called "Don't come to Michigan"?!
That's fantastic.
Does anyone know the lyrics?


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Subject: ADD: Don't Come to Michigan
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Sep 14 - 01:55 AM

DON'T COME TO MICHIGAN

Come all young men, and you attend
And listen to the counsel of a friend.
If you ever seek another land
Don't ever come to Michigan.

We have big swamps covered with brakes,
And they're alive with rattlesnakes.
They lie awake, do all they can
To bite the folks of Michigan.

We have fine girls, I own 'tis true,
But, alas, poor things, what can they do?
For if they want an honest man
He can't be found in Michigan.

We have sawmills all o'er the land;
They saw the lumber with a band;
They'll take your leg or take your hand
And leave you crippled in Michigan.

Our lumber camps are all so nice;
They're filled, the bunks, with bugs and lice.
You'll scratch and dig them with your hands,
But you still have them in Michigan.

Our roads are built of corduroy,
And if you travel very far
You sweat and swear and curse and damn -
That's how you travel in Michigan.

There's the doctor, and he'll tell
Great stories of his calomel,
Of the great doses you must take;
'Twill cure your fever there's no mistake.

And then before you're out of bed
The doctor'll come, poke in his head,
"Some twenty dollars you must pay
And I want my money this very day."

And there's the merchants I 'most forgot,
The biggest rascals in all the lot,
Who lie and cheat, do all they can
To keep you poor in Michigan.

And now my story I've told to you,
And if you'd find that it is true
Just pack your turkey as fast as you can
And come to live in Michigan.

From Lore of the Lumber Camps, by Earl Clifton Beck, University of Michigan Press, 1948, pp 27-28

Notes: MICHIGAN was thought to be a land of swamps, a thing that vacationists traveling the splendid roads of the state today have difficulty in imagining. When this verse was composed band saws (stanza 4) had just been introduced, and corduroy roads (stanza 6) were not easily managed. "Turkeys" were the sacks or bandannas in which the lumberjack carried his belongings.

Carl Lathrop of Pleasant Valley and Bill McBride of Isabella City like to recite this song.
These words came from Mrs. C. A. Welch of Harrison.

Beck does not include a melody.


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Subject: RE: book: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks (E.C.Beck)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Sep 14 - 02:07 AM

Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry on "Don't Come to Michigan." Note that Beck (above) and Cohen don't supply a tune.

Don't Come to Michigan

DESCRIPTION: Singer tells listeners all the reasons not to come to the Michigan lumber woods: snakes, bugs, dangerous sawmills, corduroy roads, quack doctors, and thieving merchants.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Beck)
KEYWORDS: warning lumbering work nonballad logger
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Beck 3, "Don't Come to Michigan" (1 text)
Cohen-AFS2, pp. 407-408, "Don't Come to Michigan" (1 text)

Roud #6524
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Rigs of the Times" (lyrics)
cf. "On Meesh-e-gan" (theme)
File: Be003

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Subject: RE: book: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks (E.C.Beck)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Sep 14 - 12:59 PM

Several of the songs from Beck are posted in the thread "Logging and Shantyman Songs, thread 153440:
Logging and Shantyman


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Subject: RE: book: Songs of the Michigan Lumberjacks (E.C.Beck)
From: GUEST,ClareMichigan
Date: 10 Sep 14 - 10:41 PM

Thank you all so much!!


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