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Double Sledder Lad (Jim Payne/Fergus O'Byrne) video
See also: The Lumber Camp Song (Hurling Down The Pine)
#1818: YouTube video by outportoutlaw ©2011
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Come all you jolly fellows, come listen to me song,
It's all about the lumber boys and how they get along;
A crowd of jolly good fellows as ever you may find,
It's how they spend their winter months in hurling down the pine.

Snap crack goes me whip, I whistle and I sing,
I jumps up on me double sled so happy as a king;
Me horse is always ready, and I am never sad,
There's no one here so happy as a double sledder lad.

At four o'clock in the morning the boss he will shout:
"Arise all ye teamsters, it's time that ye are out!"
Those teamsters they all get up in a frightened way:
"O where are me shoes and pants? Me socks are gone astray!"

The next to get up are the choppers, their socks they cannot find,
They blame it on the teamsters and swear it with all their mind;
Some other man might have them on and him be very near,
We'll pass it off all as a joke and have a hearty cheer.

Snap crack goes me whip, I whistle and I sing,
I jumps up on me double sled so happy as a king;
Me horse is always ready, and I am never sad,
There's no one here so happy as a double sledder lad.

Six o'clock is breakfast and every man is out,
And every man if he's not sick, he's sure to be on the route;
Oh, you should hear those axes ring until the sun goes down,
"Hurry me boys! the day is o'er, a-shanty we are bound."

We all arrive at the shanty, cold hands and wet feet,
We then pull off our logans, our supper for to eat;
We'll sing and dance till nine o'clock and to our bunks we'll climb,
I'm sure those months don't seem so long in hurling down the pine.

Snap crack goes me whip, I whistle and I sing,
I jumps up on me double sled so happy as a king;
Me horse is always ready, and I am never sad,
There's no one here so happy as a double sledder lad.

The sawyers and choppers they lay the timber low,
The teamsters and the swampers drag them to and fro;
The next to come in are the loaders, all at the break of day:
"Load up your sleds five hundred feet, to the riverside away!"

Springtime will roll around, our boss he will say:
"Heave up your saws and axes, boys, and help to clear the way;
The floating ice it is all gone and business has arrived,
Two hundred able-bodied men are wanted on the drive."

Snap crack goes me whip, I whistle and I sing,
I jumps up on me double sled so happy as a king;
Me horse is always ready, and I am never sad,
There's no one here so happy as a double sledder lad.

Springtime will roll around, and glad will be the day,
When fellows who left their girls at home will wander back that way;
And now me song is ended and don't you think it's true?
And if you doubt one word of it, just ask one of the crew.

Snap crack goes me whip, I whistle and I sing,
I jumps up on me double sled so happy as a king;
Me horse is always ready, and I am never sad,
There's no one here so happy as a double sledder lad.

[Fading] Snap crack goes me whip, I whistle and I sing,
I jumps up on me double sled so happy as a king;
Me horse is always ready, and I am never sad....

####.... Variant of The Lumber Camp Song ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Jim Payne (Wave Over Wave : Old And New Songs Of Atlantic Canada / Jim Payne & Fergus O'Byrne, trk#6, 1995, SingSong Inc, St John's, NL, distributed by Duckworth Distribution) - 1997 ECMA Roots/Traditional Artist Nominee.

See more songs by Jim Payne.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Logan - leather knee-boot with a long tongue and rubber foot reaching below the knee, used for woods or winter wear.


See more lumber camp songs from NFLD.


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