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Cannery Shed (Gordon Bok) (Stella)

I've worked all my life in the cannery shed,
And if I'm dying or you think I'm dead,
Don't bury my bones; put me instead,
In a can in the cannery shed.

Now the cannery shed perches over the river,
When the winter winds blow, you freeze and you shiver;
When the boss comes around, I intend to give her,
My opinion of the cannery shed.

I've worked all my life in the cannery shed,
And if I'm dying or you think I'm dead,
Don't bury my bones; put me instead,
In a can in the cannery shed.

We chop off the heads, chop off the tails,
Scoop out the guts and throw 'em in the pails;
Won't get a rest till the next schooner sails,
From the dock at the cannery shed.

I've worked all my life in the cannery shed,
And if I'm dying or you think I'm dead,
Don't bury my bones; put me instead,
In a can in the cannery shed.

There's no time to talk and there's no time to linger,
And you better move sharp or you might lose a finger;
Make your stomach turn if you knew everything 'ere's,
Been canned in a cannery shed.

I've worked all my life in the cannery shed,
And if I'm dying or you think I'm dead,
Don't bury my bones; put me instead,
In a can in the cannery shed.

Now LaFaye went away and he wrote me a letter,
And I tucked it up high in the sleeve of my sweater;
It slipped and it fell and it ended in the shredder,
In a can in the cannery shed.

I've worked all my life in the cannery shed,
And if I'm dying or you think I'm dead,
Don't bury my bones; put me instead,
In a can in the cannery shed.

The cannery boy, he's a very happy fella,
If he gets him a girl from the little town of Stella;
I would if I could but I'm not gonna tell ya,
What goes on behind the cannery shed.

I've worked all my life in the cannery shed,
And if I'm dying or you think I'm dead,
Don't bury my bones; put me instead,
In a can in the cannery shed.

####.... Mary Garvey ©2003 ....####
Mary Garvey is from Washington State and in the mid-seventies worked in fisheries research at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN).

The little town of Stella is located on the Washington side of the Columbia River at River Mile 56.5, at the mouth of Germany Creek. William Hume's salmon cannery is located at nearby Eagle Cliff, Columbia River, Washington.

Recorded by Gordon Bok (Herrings In The Bay ©2003, Timberhead Music).


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