#01787
Short Taken (The Landsmen)

Short taken, short taken, why must it be so,
That I am short taken wherever I go?
No matter the journey, there's one thing I know,
That I'll be short taken wherever I go.

I went to a hardware store early one day
To see all the tools they had on display;
As I went to purchase a saw that I need,
I was short taken so I had to leave.

Short taken, short taken, why must it be so,
That I am short taken wherever I go?
No matter the journey, there's one thing I know,
That I'll be short taken wherever I go.

I went salmon fishing, I went to Big Falls,
And I hooked me a big one in no time at all;
I nearly had him, but wouldn't you know,
That I was short taken so I let him go.

Short taken, short taken, why must it be so,
That I am short taken wherever I go?
No matter the journey, there's one thing I know,
That I'll be short taken wherever I go.

Last summer a camping trip we were to take,
We planned a great weekend out at Sheffield Lake;
But before we arrived at our summertime camp,
I was short taken, Lord, on the off ramp.

Short taken, short taken, why must it be so,
That I am short taken wherever I go?
No matter the journey, there's one thing I know,
That I'll be short taken wherever I go.

The wife and I went to a romantic place,
To a fine fancy restaurant just by Harbour Grace;
But before the red wine the waitress could pour,
I was short taken and ran for the door.

Short taken, short taken, why must it be so,
That I am short taken wherever I go?
No matter the journey, there's one thing I know,
That I'll be short taken wherever I go.

One thing I've learned well wherever you be,
Be sure that you bring with you lots of TP;
I don't have much time so I'll end this song,
For I'll be short taken before much too long.

Short taken, short taken, why must it be so,
That I am short taken wherever I go?
No matter the journey, there's one thing I know,
That I'll be short taken wherever I go.

####.... Blaine Priddle of The Landsmen ...####

Recorded by The Landsmen (Woods & Water, trk#5, 2006, Recorded at Village Music, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and produced by Lloyd Bartlett).

See more songs by The Landsmen.

The Dictionary of Newfoundland English contains one mention of the term short taken which is recognized in the United Kingdom, especially Ireland, as being caught short of time, as in feeling an urgent need to relieve oneself.


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