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Coaker (MacEdward Leach)
See also: The Six Horse-Power Coaker (Scammell)

Ye fishermen free that go forth on the sea,
With engines of various makes;
This old jump-spark of mine I will take every time,
You can keep all your new makes-and-breaks.

She was easy on fuel but she kicked like a mule,
And the screws on the bedding were slack;
And we all swore that she'd rise from the floor,
And we feared that she'd never came back.

One evening last fall we went out to our trawl,
It looked like 'twas going to blow;
We turned to go in in the teeth of the wind,
With a three-handed dory in tow.

Tom hove up the wheel and he cursed a great deal,
He cranked till he found of his heart;
He tested the oil and examined the coil,
But the devil of it would she start.

'Twas coming on night, with the seas feather white,
When up to us rowed a small skiff;
And a bedlamer boy with a cast in his eye,
Kindly offered to give us a lift.

The kid stepped on board with the air of a lord,
His movements unhurried and slow;
He noted the string and the window blind spring,
But he got the old Coaker to go.

Go, go, he makes that thing go,
How he does it I'm sure I don't know;
We can race with the Clyde and keep her alongside,
When he coaxes that Coaker to go.

So we shipped on the kid, and I'm sure glad we did,
Now it's seldom we ask for a tow;
He gets a full share which I think only fair,
For coaxing the Coaker to go.

Go, go, he makes that thing go,
How he does it I'm sure I don't know;
We can race with the Clyde and keep her alongside,
When he coaxes that Coaker to go.

####.... Variant of The Six Horse-Power Coaker by Arthur R Scammell (1940) ....####
This variant sung in 1950 by Edwin John (Eddy) Primroy [1928-1999] of Pouch Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Originally published as The Six Horse-Power Coaker in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Second edition, p.74, 1940). Also published in Art Scammell's book, My Newfoundland, pp.122-123 (Harvest House, Montreal, 1966).


See more songs by Arthur R Scammell.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Bedlamer boy - youth approaching manhood; applied rather contemptuously to young fellows between 16 and 20; derived from the French bête de la mer (beast of the sea) used to describe a half-grown seal.
Coaker - gasoline-fueled engine used in fishing boats ca.1920, and named for Sir William Coaker, founder of the Fishermen's Protective Union (FPU) in Newfoundland.
Trawl - buoyed line, of great length, to which short lines with baited hooks are attached at intervals.



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