#00077
Aunt Martha's Sheep (E Coles) score, MIDI, tabs, video
See also: You Can't Fool A Newfoundlander (Weatherby)

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

Now, if you pay attention, I know I'll make you laugh,
They never went to steal the sheep, they went to steal the calf;
The old cow she got angry 'cause they woke 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 good-bye to the 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 that 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 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 take them off to jail.

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

Said, sorry, boys, your party I really don't mean 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 knows I 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 stole the sheep, boys, but the Mountie ate the most.

####.... Ellis Coles of Carmanville, NL ....####
See more songs by Ellis Coles.

Popularised by Dick Nolan (Fisherman's Boy, trk#6, 1972, RCA CS-2576, St John's, NL); and (Folk Songs Of Newfoundland with Harry Hibbs, trk#14,1974, Radio Canada International RCI1 414, Montreal); and (Best Of Dick Nolan, trk#8,1977, RCA Pure Gold Series KNL1 7062, Don Mills, Ontario); and (Dick Nolan's Greatest Hits Of Newfoundland, trk#11, 1980, StarPak SK134).

See more songs by Dick Nolan.

A variant was arranged and recorded by Michael T Wall (On Stage At Molly 'N' Me, trk#4, 1975, Banff-Rodeo, Halifax, Nova Scotia).

See more songs by Michael T Wall.

A variant was arranged and recorded by Shanneyganock (Scallywags, trk#6, 2002, Avondale Music, Ltd, St John's, NL).

See more songs by Shanneyganock.

A finish was added to the story in this song as You Can't Fool A Newfoundlander, written and recorded by Ben Weatherby (You Can't Fool A Newfoundlander, trk#10, 1973, Independent, Toronto, Ontario); and (Here's To The Women Of Newfoundland, trk#16, 2000, Heritage Music, Toronto, Ontario).

See more songs by Ben Weatherby.

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Notes On Tabs:
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All tabs have been contributed by visitors to this site and represent their interpretation of the tune. We are unable to verify their accuracy.

Come [G] gather all around me and I'll [D] sing to you a [G] tale,
A- [G] bout the boys in Carmanville who [C] almost went to [G] jail.
It [G] happened on a November's night when all [C] hands were [G] asleep,
We [G] crept up over Joe Tulk's hill and [D] stole Aunt Martha's [G] sheep.

Alternate Tabs

Come [A] gather all around me and I'll [E] sing to you a [A] tale
About the boys in Carmanville who [D] almost went to [A] jail
It happened on a November's night when [D] all hands were [A] asleep
We crept up over Joe Tulk's hill and [E] stole Aunt Martha's [A] sheep.


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