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The Coal Boat Song (Stompin' Tom Connors) tabs, video
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I left Cape Breton on the coal boat
For St. John's, Newfoundland,
And I met a little girl named Sally
And I took her by the little white hand;
She shook her little head and said, No way, Fred,
I won't go along with your plan,
You been workin' on the coal boat, b'y,
And you're nuttin' but a dirty old man.
You been workin' on the coal boat, b'y,
And you're nuttin' but a dirty old man.

Spoken:
Well, I had to think of something real fast ya know.

Yeah, well, I'm gonna quit the dirty coal boat,
I wanna live in Newfoundland,
I'll buy a suit and get married,
Put a ring upon your little white hand;
She nodded her head and said, Okay, Fred,
Sally went along with the plan,
But I'm still workin' on the coal boat, b'y,
And I'm nuttin' but a dirty old man.
I'm still workin' on the coal boat, b'y,
And I'm nuttin' but a dirty old man.

It was sometime later on the coal boat,
I got a little letter from home,
Sally said Freddy was a good boy,
But the little beggar wanted to roam;
She said, It's too bad that he's got you for a dad,
And I hope that you feel real grand,
He's gone working on the coal boat, b'y,
To be just like his dirty old man.
He's gone working on the coal boat, b'y,
To be just like his dirty old man.

Well, I left Cape Breton on the coal boat
For St John's, Newfoundland,
And good ol' Sally was a-waitin'
And I took her by the little white hand;
She shook her little head and said, No way, Fred,
I won't go along with your plan,
You ain't gonna quit the coal boat, b'y,
'Cause I loves you, you dirty old man.
You ain't gonna quit the coal boat, b'y,
'Cause I loves you, you dirty old man.

So come all young fellers on the coal boat,
I hope you're gonna understand,
If you got a pretty little girlfriend
And ya take her by the little white hand;
If she turns her back and says, No way, Jack,
I won't go along with yer plan,
Just keep workin' on the coal boat, b'y,
If ya wants to be a dirty old man.
Just keep workin' on the coal boat, b'y,
And you'll be nuttin' but a dirty old man.

####.... Charles Thomas "Stompin' Tom" Connors [b.1936] Saint John, New Brunswick ....####
Originally recorded by Stompin' Tom Connors (side 'B' of Big Joe Mufferaw, 1970, 45-rpm, 7-inch vinyl, produced by Jury Krytiuk and manufactured by Dominion, Toronto, Ontario).

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[D] I left Cape Breton on the coal boat
For St John's, Newfound- [A7] land,
I met a little girl named Sally
And I took her by the little white [D] hand;
She shook her little head and said, No way, Fred,
I won't go along with your [G] plan,
You been workin' on the [D] coal boat, b'y,
And you're [A7] nuttin' but a dirty old [D] man.
[G] You been workin' on the [D] coal boat, b'y,
And you're [A7] nuttin' but a dirty old [D] man.

Spoken:
[D] Well, I had to think of something real fast ya know.

[D] Yeah, well, I'm gonna quit the dirty coal boat,
I wanna live in Newfound- [A7] land,
I'll buy a suit and get married,
Put a ring upon your little white [D] hand;
She nodded her head and said Okay, Fred,
Sally went along with the [G] plan,
But I'm still workin' on the [D] coal boat, b'y,
And I'm [A7] nuttin' but a dirty old [D] man.
[G] But I'm still workin on the [D] coal boat, b'y,
And I'm [A7] nuttin' but a dirty old [D] man.

[D] It was sometime later on the coal boat,
I got a little letter from [A7] home,
Sally said Freddy was a good boy,
But the little beggar wanted to [D] roam;
She said it's too bad he's got you for a dad,
And I hope that you feel real [G] grand,
He's gone working on the [D] coal boat, b'y,
To be [A7] just like his dirty old [D] man.
[G] He's gone working on the [D] coal boat, b'y,
To be [A7] just like his dirty old [D] man.

[D] I left Cape Breton on the coal boat
For St John's, Newfound- [A7] land,
I met a little girl named Sally,
And I took her by her little white [D] hand;
She shook her little head and said no way, Fred,
I won't go along with your [G] plan,
You ain't gonna quit the [D] coal boat, b'y,
'Cause I [A7] love you, you dirty old [D] man.
[G] You ain't gonna quit the [D] coal boat, b'y,
'Cause I [A7] loves you, you dirty old [D] man.

[D] So come all young fellers on the coal boat,
I hope you're gonna under- [A7] stand,
If you got a pretty little girlfriend,
And ya takes her by the little white [D] hand;
If she turns her back and says, No way Jack,
I won't go along with yer [G] plan,
Just keep workin on the [D] coal boat, b'y,
If ya [A7] wants to be a dirty old [D] man.
[G] Just keep workin on the [D] coal boat, b'y,
And you'll be [A7] nuttin' but a dirty old [D] man.


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