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The Lumberman's Alphabet (MacEdward Leach)

A is for axes that you may all know,
And B is for boys that make them all go;
C is for choppers so early begun,
And D is for danger we often stand in.

'Tis merry, 'tis merry, 'tis merry are we,
No mortal on earth, so happy as we;
A derry, lo derry, ring derry dum,
Give us shantymen's grog,
And there'll nothing go wrong.

E is the echo that through the woods rang,
F is the foreman, head one of our gang;
G is the grindstone so merrily goes round,
And H js the handle, so smoothly 'tis worn.

'Tis merry, 'tis merry, 'tis merry are we,
No mortal on earth, so happy as we;
A derry, lo derry, ring derry dum,
Give us shantymen's grog,
And there'll nothing go wrong.

I is the Iron that mark-ed the pine,
J is the Jov-al that's never behind;
K is the keen edge our axes we keep,
And L is the lice that over us creep.

'Tis merry, 'tis merry, 'tis merry are we,
No mortal on earth, so happy as we;
A derry, lo derry, ring derry dum,
Give us shantymen's grog,
And there'll nothing go wrong.

M is the moss we patch-ed the cracks,
And N is the needle we patch-ed our pants;
O is the owl that hooteth at night,
And P is the pine that always falls right.

'Tis merry, 'tis merry, 'tis merry are we,
No mortal on earth, so happy as we;
A derry, lo derry, ring derry dum,
Give us shantymen's grog,
And there'll nothing go wrong.

Q is the quarrel we never allow,
R is the river we float our logs down;
S is the sleds so stout and so strong,
And T is the teams that go jog 'em along.

'Tis merry, 'tis merry, 'tis merry are we,
No mortal on earth, so happy as we;
A derry, lo derry, ring derry dum,
Give us shantymen's grog,
And there'll nothing go wrong.

U is the use we put our teams to,
V is the valley we draw our logs through;
W is the woods we leave in the spring,
And this is all I am going to sing.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional lumber camp song, c.1933 ....####
Sung in 1950 by Martin Reddigan [1903-1980] of Calvert, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

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