Coaker's Dream (MacEdward Leach)
See also: We Are Coming, Mr Coaker (Traditional)

I had a dream the other night,
it was an awful dream,
Although it may not look so bad
as what to me it seems;
I dreamt Sir William Coaker died,
and was condemned to hell,
But somehow, underhanded,
he got in heaven to dwell,

He had not been there very long
when St Peter had his doubts,
He asked him for his passport
and therefore turned him out,
Saying, "Go along old Coaker,
old boy, you better get.
You got no pass for heaven,
and it's heaven you must quit."

And Coaker, rising from his seat
and walking towards the gate,
He thought to St Peter,
but he made him hold his prate;
The devil looking out from hell
saying, "Here comes a man,
I think it's William Coaker,
he belongs to Newfoundland."

"Good evening, Mr Devil,
have pity now on me.
Good evening, Mr Devil,
have pity here on me;
For I had served you when on earth
and I will serve you here.
What can I do to please you?
I love you quite sincere."

"Now seeing you're the only man
left here from Newfoundland,
I'll leave you boss when I am gone,
let hell in your command."
"I thank you, Mr Devil,
it is very kind of you,
For I would have been here far long ago
if I had this work to do."

One day the devil he went out,
and Coaker took full charge,
He combined all the people there
the devil had set at large;
Says, "They will have elections here,
and the ballots they will tell,
Who will be boss when the devil is gone,
and ruler over hell."

We have a lot of people here
belong to foreign lands,
Old Coaker got the ballots
and he served them to all hands;
And when the ballots they were read
I heard a muttering oath,
Old Coaker got defeated
and the devil got the vote.

"What will we do with Coaker?"
says the devil to the crowd.
"We'll cast him in the fire!"
this the people cried aloud;
The furnace door was opened.
I saw a fiery flame....
And it had woke me and I found,
'twas nothing but a dream.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song ....####
Sung by Edward (Ned) Rice [1916-2002] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Note: Sir William Ford Coaker [1871-1938] was a Newfoundland union leader and politician. Born in St John's, Newfoundland, he founded the Fishermen's Protective Union (FPU) in Herring Neck, Newfoundland, as well as the town of Port Union. In 1923, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his work with fishermen. This song was apparently written by an opponent.


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