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Hangashore (The Sharecroppers) videos
#646: YouTube video by oldirishladdie ©2008
~ Used with permission ~

Well, Johnny O'Rourke he lived all alone,
He didn't have a wife, he was never at home;
Sure Johnny was only skin on the bone,
Oh, Johnny from down in the harbour.

Well, Johnny he slept in a big feather bed,
With a big fluffy pillow under his head;
And when he awoke every morning he said,
"Be jumpins! I've slept in again!"

Oh, Johnny, get up in the morning on time,
You're never ahead and you're always behind;
There's plenty of fish when the weather is fine,
Johnny, get up in the morning.

Johnny, get up in the morning on time,
You're never ahead and you're always behind;
There's plenty of fish when the weather is fine,
Johnny, get up in the morning.

Well, Johnny would walk to the wharf at nine,
And he'd look to the waters and pray for a sign;
But all of the others had left him behind,
'Cause Johnny had slept in again.

He'd walk to the store and he'd take up his post,
And he'd talk of the weather
and the boys down the coast;
But later that day to the Queen he would toast,
Oh, Johnny from down in the harbour.

Oh, Johnny, get up in the morning on time,
You're never ahead and you're always behind;
There's plenty of fish when the weather is fine,
Johnny, get up in the morning.

Johnny, get up in the morning on time,
You're never ahead and you're always behind;
There's plenty of fish when the weather is fine,
Johnny, get up in the morning.

Well, Johnny grew tired of the single life,
So he quickly went out and he got him a wife;
Now he sleeps all day and he plays all night,
Oh, Johnny from down in the harbour.

But his darling wife had a mind of her own,
She pointed her finger, said, "Listen, me son,
Sure, it's nearly a month and the honeymoon's gone,
And you better get out on the water." She said:

Oh, Johnny, get up in the morning on time,
You're never ahead and you're always behind;
There's plenty of fish when the weather is fine,
Johnny, get up in the morning.

Johnny, get up in the morning on time,
You're never ahead and you're always behind;
There's plenty of fish when the weather is fine,
Johnny, get up in the morning.

Well, Johnny O'Rourke couldn't take any more,
He was tired of being a hangashore;
He said, "My darling wife, you'll never be poor,
As long as you're married to Johnny."

It's been thirteen years and thirteen kids,
Johnny no longer stays in the bed;
Sure, he's out on the water each morning instead,
'Cause Johnny gets up in the morning.

Oh, Johnny gets up in the morning on time,
He's always ahead and he's never behind;
He catches the fish when the weather is fine,
Johnny gets up in the morning!

Johnny gets up in the morning on time,
He's always ahead and he's never behind;
He catches the fish when the weather is fine,
Johnny gets up in the morning.

Johnny gets up in the morning on time,
He's always ahead and he's never behind;
He catches the fish when the weather is fine,
Johnny gets up in the morning.

####.... Guy Romaine of the Sharecroppers. Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded by the Sharecroppers (This New Founde Lande, trk#2, ©1996 John Harvey Newman Publishing).

See more songs by The Sharecroppers.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Hangashore² - man regarded as too lazy to fish; worthless fellow, sluggard; rascal.

The video below features a live performance of a variant by the Sharecroppers in August, 2012, filmed by Ed Hubarty at the Merchant's Warehouse Theatre during the Writers at Woody Point Festival at Bonne Bay, NL.


#2140: YouTube video by sharecroppermike
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~


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