#02093
The Watson Song (MacEdward Leach)

One evening as the sun went down,
The jungle fires were burning,
Fred Watson left his native home,
Saying, "Boys, I'm not returning."
Come roo-dem doo, come roo-dem-dee.

"Till I gets satisfaction
From Mr Alderdyce,
When I tells him my story, b'ys,
Sure, he's apt to treat me nice."
Roo-dem-doo, come roo-dem-dee.

He went out to St John's
And to the Public Works,
And he was soon thrown out of that
By half a dozen clerks.
Roo-dem-doo, come roo-dem-dee.

Sure, Freddy swore his maker
He'd have them all in gaol,
And going down the street,
Sure, he gave a cop a hail.
Roo-dem--doo, come roo-dem-dee.

And when the cop came up to him,
He quickly changed his mind,
Saying, "Billy Walsh, the member,
You are the next to find."
Roo-dem-doo, come roo-dem-dee.

He went to Billy Walsh's,
He made himself at home,
And Billy Walsh, the member,
He picked up the telephone.
Roo-dem-doo, come roo-dem-dee.

He rang up Lady Anderson,
Those words to her did say:
"There's a man here named Watson,
And he's from St Mary's Bay."
Roo-dem-doo, come roo-dem-dee.

"He wants some of your clothing,
Some of your underwear,
And if you will assist him,
It's for you we'll say a prayer."
Roo-dem doo, come roo-dem-dee.

She said she'd send him clothing,
She'd send it in by mail,
And not forgetting a blanket,
To replace his dory sail.
Roo-dem-doo, come roo-dem-dee

Sure, Freddy was so delighted,
He nearly broke down and cried;
He said, "l must go hunt up Ryan,
And try to have a ride."
Roo-dem-doo, come roo-dem-dee.

And now he's in St Mary's,
The good news for to tell,
About the blanket he got for Pete,
And the dress he got for Stell'.
Roo-dem-doo, come roo-dem-dee.

And now he's safely landed
Up in St Mary's Bay;
And he never got a stitch of clothes
Up to this present day.
Roo-dem-doo, come roo-dem-dee.

Before my song is ended,
I'll make another start;
I will get a great big shavin' knife
And I'll take out Daly's heart.
Roo-dem-doo, come roo-dem-dee.

####.... Original Newfoundland ballad written, according to John Augustus Molloy, by a dozen people about getting clothing from St John's while on the dole. ....####

Collected in 1951 from John Augustus Molloy [1895-?] of St Shott's, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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