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Me And Brother Bill (Dick Nolan) tabs

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Well, I've told you all the story about Aunt Martha's sheep,
Well here's another story in my memory I will keep;
So pull your chairs up close, b'ys, and listen to my tale,
I'll sing to you a ballad of me and brother Bill.

'Twas early in the month of June beneath the summer sky,
We started on our journey with a rod and reel and flies;
Bill was an alcoholic so lots of booze he took,
And very soon we were fishin' knee deep in a brook.

The birds were singing sweetly and the river running wild,
The salmon they were jumping in that good old Newfie style;
Bill would cast his line out and in his pocket reach,
And while he waited for a bite would have a drink of screech.

Now Bill got in a happy mood as more and more he drank,
Until he saw a warden upon the river bank;
His face did turn all colors and he said, "My God! I'm caught,
My liquor I remembered, but my licence I forgot."

Now Bill he had no money so his fine I'd have to pay,
So then I took it on me to see he got away;
I dropped my rod and reel and started running for the shore,
And when I reached the bushes I was running all the more.

Now down the winding trail with the warden in the chase,
I ran about a mile and fell flat upon my face;
The warden he jumped on me and this to me did say,
You're running from the law, boy, so now you're gonna pay.

His eyes they shone like diamonds and he opened up his mouth,
I reached into my pocket and my licence I pulled out;
I did not break the law, sir, my record it is clean,
The man without the licence, well, you left back in the stream.

So have yourself a smoke, sir, don't matter anyhow,
I do not know his name and I'm sure he's gone by now;
'Twas there I took a vow that I would never tell,
The warden he would never know, it was my brother Bill.

Now Bill he's sittin' home with the salmons in the pan,
He's sittin' at the table with a big drink in his hand;
He's laughin' and a wonderin' if the warden got me yet,
But I'll tell you b'ys when I get home I'll break his bloody neck.
Yes, I'll tell you b'ys when I get home I'll break his bloody neck.

####.... Wince and Ellis Coles ....####
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Recorded by Dick Nolan (Happy Newfoundlanders, trk#3, 1973 LP, RCA Records, Toronto, Ontario, produced by Jack Feeney, recorded at RCA's Toronto Studios).

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Intro: [D]

Well, I've told you all the story a- [A] bout Aunt Martha's sheep,
Well here's another story in my memory I will [D] keep;
So pull your chairs up close b'ys and [A] listen to my tale,
I'll sing to you a ballad of me and brother [D] Bill.

'Twas early in the month of June be- [A] neath the summer sky,
We started on our journey with a rod and reel and [D] flies;
Bill was an alcoholic so [A] lots of booze he took,
And very soon we were fishin' knee deep in a [D] brook.

The birds were singing sweetly and the [A] river running wild,
The salmon they were jumping in that good old Newfie [D] style;
Bill would cast his line out and [A] in his pocket reach,
And while he waited for a bite would have a drink of [D] screech.

Now Bill got in a happy mood as [A] more and more he drank,
Until he saw a warden upon the river [D] bank;
His face did turn all colors and he [A] said, "My God! I'm caught,
My liquor I remembered, but my licence I for- [D] got."

Now Bill he had no money so his [A] fine I'd have to pay,
So then I took it on me to see he got a- [D] way;
I dropped my rod and reel and started [A] running for the shore,
And when I reached the bushes I was running all the [D] more.

Now down the winding trail with the [A] warden in the chase,
I ran about a mile and fell flat upon my [D] face;
The warden he jumped on me and [A] this to me did say,
You're running from the law, boy, so now you're gonna [D] pay.

His eyes they shone like diamonds and he [A] opened up his mouth,
I reached into my pocket and my licence I pulled [D] out;
I did not break the law, sir, my [A] record it is clean,
The man without the licence, well, you left back in the [D] stream.

So have yourself a smoke, sir, don't [A] matter anyhow,
I do not know his name and I'm sure he's gone by [D] now;
'Twas there I took a vow that [A] I would never tell,
The warden he would never know, it was my brother [D] Bill.

Now Bill he's sittin' home with the [A] salmons in the pan,
He's sittin' at the table with a big drink in his [D] hand;
He's laughin' and a-wonderin' if the [A] warden got me yet,
But I'll tell you b'ys when I get home I'll break his bloody [D] neck.
Yes, I'll [A] tell you b'ys when I get home I'll break his bloody [D] neck.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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